Roy Williams
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Roy Williams
Roy Lee Williams is a former American college and professional football player who was a safety in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for the University of Oklahoma, and was an All-American. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys eighth overall in the 2002 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals. He earned five straight Pro Bowl selections from 2003 to 2007.
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THE FIFTH DOWN; Week 1 Matchups
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Steelers at Ravens Sunday, 1 p.m. Line: Ravens by 2 One of the N.F.L.'s fiercest rivalries has become ''The Newlywed Game.'' Both Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco got married in the summer in what, with a little creative planning, could have been an awesome dual ceremony: Roger Goodell presiding, DeMaurice Smith playing the organ, Ray Rice as ring
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N.F.L. PREVIEW 2011; N.F.C. Scouting Report
NYTimes - over 5 years
East With flashy acquisitions, the Eagles have lofty aspirations. Vince Young's biggest contribution this season might be bestowing an unwanted nickname, Dream Team, on the Eagles. Unwanted and unwarranted, at least for now. Their linebacking corps is a question mark, their offensive line is a work in progress, they have issues at receiver, and
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First quarter: Bears 10, Browns 0 - ESPN (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Starting in place of Roy Williams, recently-demoted backup Johnny Knox provided the first-quarter fireworks by catching two passes for 33 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown reception with 1:47 left in the quarter. Knox beat two Browns defenders to ... - -
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Fan's view: Bennett emerges as Chicago Bears' top receiver - Yahoo! Sports
Google News - over 5 years
They went out and got Roy Williams to be their No. 1 guy alongside the speedy Devin Hester(notes), demoting the team's leading receiver from a year ago, Johnny Knox(notes), in the process. Problem is, neither Williams nor Hester, or Knox for that
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Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Chicago Tribune
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The backup QB situation, Chris and Roy Williams and retired numbers are among the questions tackled by the Tribune's Bears columnist. Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie breaks through the Titans defense on a scramble during last Saturday's preseason game
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Deep Posts: Is Roy Williams drinking more than Kool-Aid? - Yahoo! Sports (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
One guy who may have had a few too many pops of that wine is Chicago Bears receiver Roy Williams . The man who has totaled two catches this preseason, and at least twice as many drive-killing drops, believes that Chicago's passing game is just steps
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Keeping Cutler upright might be Bears' biggest challenge - NFL News
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The offensive line is still a problem and Roy Williams at wide receiver is worth watching closely. The Lions are closing the gap. The Bears' defense still features some of the top playmakers-Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs--in the ... - -
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Roy Williams catches two passes against Titans - Chicago Sun-Times (blog)
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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler didn't waste any time getting receiver Roy Williams involved Saturday night at LP Field. On the first offensive snap, Cutler faked a hand off to running ... - -
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Johnny Knox challenging Roy Williams for starting job: Fan's analysis - Yahoo! Sports
Google News - over 5 years
With the addition of Roy Williams, Knox was knocked out of the starting lineup. However, since Williams arrival, Knox has outplayed Williams, which isn't very surprising. By saying I'm not surprised, I don't mean to infer Roy Williams isn't trying, ... - -
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Cutler bullish on Roy, Barber, Webb, o-line - Chicago Sun-Times (blog)
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... 2011 2:23 PM | 2 Comments | No TrackBacks Though the Bears' offense appeared to struggle against the New York Giants on Saturday night, quarterback Jay Cutler was upbeat that concerns about the key issues -- like Roy Williams and the offensive line ... -
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GIANTS 41, BEARS 13; Big Victory, but Huge Loss in the Secondary
NYTimes - over 5 years
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J -- In a game that featured a blocked punt, the Giants' first offensive touchdown of the preseason and one of the prettiest jukes Brandon Jacobs has shown in some time, the lasting moment Monday night came on a nondescript screen pass from Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to running back Marion Barber. On that play, which began with
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THE FIFTH DOWN; Three Weeks Into Camp, Teams Are Starting to See Things
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If you spend too much time in the August heat of training camp, you may start to experience football-related hallucinations. Bengals fans thought they saw Brett Favre in Cincinnati last week, presumably driving down Sycamore Street in a convertible with Elvis and Janis Joplin. The rumor caught fire on local talk radio, but when reporters asked
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Bears WR Roy Williams lobbying for passes - Chicago Sun-Times
Google News - over 5 years
Charles Rex Arbogast~AP BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — After a brief appearance in the preseason opener, new Bears receiver Roy Williams is trying to do all he can to gain the favor of quarterback Jay Cutler. ''I'm just trying to be where I'm supposed to be when ... - -
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CHICAGO NEWS COOPERATIVE | SPORTS; A Giddiness Reigns in the Bears Camp
NYTimes - over 5 years
Dan McGrath writes a column for the Chicago News Cooperative. Every time a major league player flips a baseball into the stands in response to a fan's request, it is a reminder of the strike that shortened the 1994 season and wiped out that year's entire postseason. Were you angry? Many baseball fans were, never mind the issues. They saw the
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Roy Williams happy with Bears rookie - ESPN (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Roy Williams dishes on his departure from the Cowboys, signing with the Bears, and actually getting his pads carried this year. Young, following the rookie tradition of carrying a veteran's shoulder pads after practice in training camp, ... - -
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Players Seeking Edge With Deer Antlers Had Better Beware
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BOSTON - Curtis Granderson tapped on his cellphone in the Yankees' clubhouse Saturday after a 10-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox. He had received two text messages from old friends, asking if he knew that deer-antler spray was supposedly a form of human growth hormone. Deer-antler spray? -Granderson laughed as he recounted the messages, and said he
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Is Roy Williams an upgrade for the Bears? - National Football Post
Google News - over 5 years
The question now is if Chicago did that by picking up former Cowboy Roy Williams. ICONWilliams brings some size to the WR position in Mike Martz's offense. - Williams does bring something the Bears haven't had outside of the numbers—size. ... - -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roy Williams
    THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 30
    On August 24, 2011, Williams announced his retirement, taking a job as a sideline reporter for Oklahoma Sooners football games.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared on the television show Storage Wars: Texas on A&E. He joined the cast in season 1, episode 10 and returned for five episodes in season 2. In July 2004, Williams started the Roy Williams Safety Net Foundation which was inspired by his sister Alecia, a single mother raising a young son. The Foundation's purpose is to help ensure low-income single mothers receive support, guidance, and assistance to enhance their quality of life. Williams was engaged to singer Kelly Rowland for two years.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2010
    Age 29
    On March 13, 2010, Williams signed a one-year contract to stay with the Bengals.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded 59 tackles, a sack, and an interception of Ben Roethlisberger that year. Key
  • 2009
    Age 28
    He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on November 13, 2009 due to a forearm fracture after recording 28 tackles.
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    Williams signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on May 6, 2009.
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    On March 5, 2009, the Cowboys released Williams, per his request.
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  • 2008
    Age 27
    On October 14, 2008, the Cowboys acquired wide receiver Roy E. Williams from the Detroit Lions, making the two Pro Bowl players with identical names teammates.
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    Williams announced that he will be wearing No. 38 at the start of the 2008 season because that was the number he wore in college and also "8" in the Bible signifies a new beginning.
    More Details Hide Details Teammate Greg Ellis when speaking on Sirius NFL Radio said that Williams told him he felt like he did not fit in head coach Wade Phillips' defensive scheme. Ellis also said that he's bothered by the way Williams has been isolating himself from other Cowboys, and Williams "just doesn't fit what's going on here in Dallas right now." The Cowboys hired new DBs coach Dave Campo. The team hoped this would help Williams create more turnovers, after Williams failed to achieve any sacks or forced fumbles since 2005. Williams broke his forearm in the 2nd game of the year against Philadelphia Eagles. He missed four games, then on his first game back against the St. Louis Rams, he refractured the same forearm and was forced to miss the entire season on injured reserve.
  • 2007
    Age 26
    On December 17, 2007, Williams was issued a one-game suspension without pay from Commissioner Roger Goodell.
    More Details Hide Details He received it for a repeat offense violating the league's horse-collar tackle rule. During the season, Cowboys teammates Terrell Owens and Patrick Crayton criticized him for his continued use of the horse-collar tackle.
    After the 2007 season, Williams was named to the Pro Bowl on January 3, 2008 for the fifth straight time, this time as a replacement for the late Sean Taylor (who played for the Cowboys' heated rivals, the Washington Redskins).
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  • 2006
    Age 25
    In early August 2006 the Dallas Cowboys signed Williams to a four-year contract extension worth $25.2 million to keep him with the team through the 2010 season.
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  • 2005
    Age 24
    He earned his third Pro Bowl berth in 2005 and remained a dominant force for the Dallas defense.
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    At the end of the 2005 NFL regular season, Williams had 2.5 sacks and three interceptions.
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    With the right cornerback position stabilized by the free agent signing of Anthony Henry in 2005, Williams was once again able to play to his best strength by roaming closer to the line of scrimmage.
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  • 2003
    Age 22
    Williams is occasionally referred to by fans as "Biscuit", in reference to a statement in a 2003 press conference by former head coach Bill Parcells who, noting Williams' weight, said that he was "a biscuit short of a linebacker".
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    In 2003, Williams with the mentoring of Woodson, enjoyed a stellar season and his first trip to the Pro Bowl as he was part of the Cowboys' number one ranked defense and helped lead the team to its first playoff game since 1999.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Woodson suffered a herniated disc in training camp and was forced to sit on the sidelines. Williams struggles were more apparent as he was forced to play more coverage due to the inexperience and inconsistency of the Dallas cornerback position. After the season, the horse-collar tackle was banned. This action is now referred to as the "Roy Williams Rule", as the rule was introduced the 2004 season, during which Williams used the technique on plays that resulted in three significant injuries.
  • 2002
    Age 21
    As a rookie in 2002, he was moved to free safety in order to play alongside strong safety Darren Woodson.
    More Details Hide Details However, the Cowboys defensive scheme that year allowed both players to interchange positions as to allow confusion for the opposing offenses. Williams was also runner-up for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
    Williams was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the eighth overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft after a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.
    More Details Hide Details He was known throughout the league for his hard hitting and his tackling skills during running plays. With the arrival of Ken Hamlin from Seattle, Williams had the luxury to move closer to the line of scrimmage to blitz and cover short passes during nickel or dime situations.
  • 2001
    Age 20
    Nicknamed "Superman" while at Oklahoma, Williams is remembered at OU for his actions in the 2001 Red River Shootout.
    More Details Hide Details The Sooners led 7–3 with only minutes remaining as the Longhorns offense took the field, hoping to execute a game-winning drive. With Texas forced to begin their drive inside their own 5-yard line, the Sooners prepared to pressure UT quarterback Chris Simms. Williams timed the snap perfectly. Simms barely had time to pull back from center when Williams came flying in from the blindside—over the top of a Longhorn running back who barely had time to rise out of his stance. The jarring and unexpected hit knocked the ball loose and into the hands of linebacker Teddy Lehman, who stepped into the endzone for a touchdown and sealed the game for Oklahoma. This play has been immortalized on a mural plaque at the Roy Williams Strength and Speed Complex at the University of Oklahoma. The complex is named for Williams both for his athletic achievements and for his donation of approximately $100,000 towards its construction.
    In 2001, his junior season at Oklahoma, he won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top overall defensive player and also won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back, while leading the team to a 10-2 record and a win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Cotton Bowl Classic.
    More Details Hide Details He was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team Big 12 selection, and recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American. Williams decided to forgo his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2000
    Age 19
    He was a starter on the undefeated 2000 Oklahoma Sooners team that won the BCS National Championship, setting a school record for tackles for a loss by a defensive back with 12.
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  • 1999
    Age 18
    Williams attended the University of Oklahoma, and played for coach Bob Stoops' Oklahoma Sooners football team from 1999 to 2001.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Born
    Born on August 14, 1980.
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