Cary Eric Williams (born December 23, 1984) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Washburn and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Williams with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012
|Born:||December 23, 1984|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Chaminade-Madonna College Prep|
|NFL Draft:||2008 / Round: 7 / Pick: 229|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Williams is the son of Calvin and Trina Golson. He played as a wide receiver and defensive back at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Florida as a senior, after attending Coral Gables High School as a junior and Charles W. Flanagan High School as a freshman and sophomore. In addition to football, Williams was also a star in track & field. He was one of the state's top sprinters, with personal-best times of 48.81 seconds in the 400-meter dash and 14.09 seconds in the 110 metres hurdles.
Williams had seven interceptions as a senior, which rank second on Washburn's single-season list. In his last season, he had two kickoff returns for touchdowns, which tied the Washburn season and career records. In 2007, Against Missouri Southern, he had a 100-yard kickoff return that tied the school record for longest runback. Williams was the only NCAA Division II player to be ranked in the top 10 in the nation in interceptions and kickoff return average in 2007.
Williams holds the distinction of being the only player in Washburn history to score on an interception, kickoff return and a reception in the same season. He graduated with a sports management major.
During his Pro Day, Williams ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash, registering a 1.47 second 10-yard split, and a 2.56 second 20-yard split. He also had a time of 4.34 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle, a 32.5-inch vertical jump, 9'11" broad jump, 330-pound squat, 245-pound bench press, a 242-pound power clean, and a 14/18 Wonderlic score.
Williams was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round (229th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He became only the fifth Ichabod to be drafted in school history. On August 30, 2008, Williams was waived by the Titans. and re-signed to the team's practice squad. The Titans promoted Williams to their active roster on December 9. He was injured after a game and finished the 2008 NFL season on Injured Reserve.
Williams played in the NFL hall of fame game in 2009. He had 2 tackles and knocked down a potential touchdown pass. He was declared inactive for the first 2 games of the 2009 season, and was cut when the team signed punter Reggie Hodges. He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 29. The Titans signed Williams to the active roster on October 3 when quarterback Patrick Ramsey was released. He was waived on November 3, to make room for Chris Davis. He was re-signed to the practice squad on November 5. He had recorded 12 tackles through only four games, which caught the attention of the Ravens.
Cary Williams was signed off the Titans practice squad by the Baltimore Ravens on November 24, 2009. He was a special teams contributor that season and saw little time on defense. He recorded eight tackles that year, mostly on special teams.
In 2010, Williams was suspended for the first two games of the season for conduct against the NFL's personnel conduct policy. Very few details were disclosed on the specifics of Williams' actions. Despite all this, Williams played well in preseason and earned a roster spot. He had six tackles in 2010 as he saw more time in the secondary later that year. In a game against the Miami Dolphins, Williams caught a pass on a fake punt from Sam Koch and ran it for a first down.
In 2011, after the departures of corners Josh Wilson and Fabian Washington, and with Williams again playing well in Training Camp and preseason, he earned his first NFL start alongside Lardarius Webb in a Week 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had five tackles and contained Pittsburgh receiver Mike Wallace. In a divisional playoff win against the Houston Texans, Williams tackled Texans returner Jacoby Jones. Williams forced Jones to fumble, and the ball was recovered by fellow cornerback Jimmy Smith inside the five yard line. Williams was considered to have had an up and down 2011 campaign. Despite recording no interceptions, Williams had several good games and was noted for his aggressive playstyle. However, he often struggled while covering the deep ball.
In Week 3 of the 2012 season, Williams surrendered 121 yards passing to Tom Brady. However, the Ravens were able to squeeze by 31-30. A week later however, Williams collected the first interception of his NFL career off Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns, returning it 63 yards for a touchdown, partially redeeming his lackluster performance the week before. The score helped the Ravens win 23-16 and improve to 3-1. He recorded three more interceptions that year, tying safety Ed Reed for the team lead with 4. On January 6, 2013, during the Wild Card round of the 2012 playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts, Williams intercepted a pass deflection thrown by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on 4th & 1 with 5:43 remaining in the 4th quarter on the Ravens 15-yard line and returned it 41 yards. This proved to be a significant play that helped the Ravens win the game 24-9. On January 20, 2013, in the AFC Championship game against the Patriots, Williams intercepted a pass from Tom Brady in the end zone in the 4th quarter with 1:06 remaining in regulation, sealing the win for the Ravens 28-13 and a trip to Super Bowl XLVII. The Ravens would go on to defeat the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 34-31.
On March 14, 2013, Williams signed with the Philadelphia Eagles to a three-year, $17 million deal, including $5.75 million guaranteed. Williams started all 32 games over 2 seasons with the Eagles, recording 126 tackles, 5 interceptions, 21 pass deflections, and a sack. After two seasons with the team, the Eagles released Williams on March 3, 2015.
In his first game with Seattle in Week 1 against the St. Louis Rams, Williams recorded 3 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a touchdown in the 34-31 overtime loss. Williams struggled throughout the remainder of the season however, and on December 7, 2015, Williams was released after losing his starting job to DeShawn Shead in Week 12 against Pittsburgh.
Williams finished his stint in Seattle with 46 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass deflection, and 1 forced fumble.
- "Cary Williams Draft Bio". NFL.com. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved April 27, 2008.
- "CBS Sports Draft bio". sportsline.com. Retrieved April 29, 2008.
- Ravens' Cary Williams suspended for 2 games Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Sun Retrieved August 24, 2012.
- Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore Hands Miami First Road Loss in 26-10 Thumping Todd McGregor, Bleacher Report Retrieved August 24, 2012.
- Williams To Live His Dream vs. Steelers Ryan Mink, Baltimore Ravens.com Retrieved August 24, 2012.
- Texans' Jones apologizes, moves forward after muffed punt Mark Sessler, NFL.com Retrieved August 24, 2012.
- Cary Williams-He's Tom Brady not 'Joe Schmo' Ryan Mink, Baltimore Ravens.com Retrieved August 24, 2012.
- Cary Williams' pick 6 comes courtesy a bad Brandon Weeden pass (with video) Joe Thorman, SB Nation Retrieved August 28, 2012.
- "Super Bowl XLVII - San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens - February 3rd, 2013". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
- "Cary Williams to join Seahawks". ESPN. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- "Seattle Seahawks Release Cornerback Cary Williams". Seahawks.com. Archived from the original on December 9, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
- Jones, Mike. "Redskins add cornerback Cary Williams to injury-riddled secondary". Washington Post. Retrieved January 5, 2016.