Willie Williams was one of the best high school players in the nation during his senior season. He was offered a scholarship from the University of Florida (who is known for producing great NFL linebackers). Williams didn’t play much for the Gators. After being redshirted his first year, he failed to start on the Florida defense as a true freshman and transferred after the season. He went on to play for Louisville but was kicked off the team after just three games. This may sound like any troubled players history but if you take a deeper look, Williams’ history is much more unique than most.
Willie Williams was arrested eleven times during his high school career. Most of the arrests were for burglary. The University of Florida offered him a scholarship anyways and he didn’t have any problems with the law while he was enrolled there. However, Williams became dissatisfied with a lack of playing time and decided to transfer. He went to Los Angeles Community College for a year and then transferred to Louisville. After 3 games at Louisville, Williams was arrested for possession of marijuana, after him and several of his friends were pulled over for a routine traffic stop. Willie was kicked off of the team immediately. Willie then attempted to transfer to Glenville State (a Division ll school), but was denied by the NCAA. Williams finally found Union College in Kentucky and was granted permission to play football. Williams played the full season for Union College and produced incredible stats. Not only did he finish the season with a spectacular 11.5 sacks, but he also had 19.5 tackles for a loss, and an outstanding 150 tackles.
Willie Williams has attended four colleges and has racked up twelve arrests over the past ten years. Although these seem like terrible numbers, things are looking up for the former high school star. He hasn’t been arrested since his short stint at Louisville and has only had one run-in with law enforcement since high school. He also finally completed a full season with a college football program and produced huge numbers. He continues to claim that he has matured greatly since his troubled days, and the numbers prove that. He was recently signed by the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL and plans on playing in the NFL someday. All he needs is one chance.