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Jimmy Williams (cornerback, born 1984)

James Franklin Williams, Jr. (born March 8, 1984) is a former American football cornerback who previously played for the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Virginia Tech, and was recognized as a unanimous All-American. He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, but was later suspended for violating the NFL's banned substances policy.

Jimmy Williams
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Williams, while playing for Virginia Tech.
Free agent
Personal information
Born: (1984-03-08) March 8, 1984 (age 35)
Hampton, Virginia
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Hampton (VA) Bethel
College:Virginia Tech
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Career Arena statistics as of 2014
Pass breakups:4
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Williams was born in Hampton, Virginia. As a child, he played for the Hampton Tornados in a youth football league. He attended Bethel High School as a senior, playing for the Bethel Bruins high school football team. He played the previous three seasons playing for Hampton High School, winning a state championship in 1998. Williams was known for his versatility during his prep career, competing at quarterback, safety, wide receiver and outside linebacker. He earned All-Peninsula District honors as a junior and senior, adding first-team honors in 2001, and was elected to the Newport News Daily Press All-Star team as a senior. In his final season, he collected over 100 tackles with two sacks and intercepted seven passes, returning two for touchdowns as a safety and outside linebacker. On offense, he compiled over 1,000 yards of total offense as a quarterback, passing for five touchdowns and rushing for six. He also returned punts and kicks.

College careerEdit

Williams enrolled at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he played for coach Frank Beamer's Virginia Tech Hokies football team as a free safety from 2002 to 2005. He played sparingly his first year, backing up All-American Willie Pile.

In 2003 season, Williams moved into the starting job, and scored his first career touchdown, taking a 55-yard interception to the endzone against Rutgers.

In the Hokies' 2004 ACC championship season, Williams moved from safety to cornerback and played a critical role in two close games. In a 17-10 win against Wake Forest, Williams intercepted a Matt Mauk pass in Hokie territory and returned it to midfield to set up a Tech scoring drive. On Wake's final drive of the game, Williams broke up a pass in the endzone on third down that would have tied the game and potentially sent it into overtime.[1] Against North Carolina, Williams intercepted a pass from Darian Durant just before halftime that set up a Hokies field goal.[2]

During his senior year at Tech, Williams was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award[3] and a unanimous first-team All-American.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Williams was drafted in the second round (37th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. In his rookie season with the Falcons, Williams started five games and made 24 tackles.

On June 2, 2007, Williams was cited in Richmond, Virginia for possession of marijuana during the 2007 offseason.[5] Due to the NFL's personal conduct policy, he was suspended by Roger Goodell for the first five games of the 2008 season.[6] Williams was released by the Falcons on June 17, 2008.[7] He served the five-game suspension as a free agent and was not signed the rest of the year.

San Francisco 49ersEdit

After spending the 2008 season out of football, Williams was signed to a future contract by the San Francisco 49ers on January 22, 2009.

Williams has been suspended for at least one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy,

Spokane ShockEdit

On January 6, 2014, Williams was assigned to the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League. He was placed on Injured Reserve on March 14, 2014. Williams was released from injured reserve on June 5, 2014.

New Orleans VooDooEdit

On March 6, 2015, Williams was traded to the New Orleans VooDoo for future considerations.


  1. ^ Stewart, Will (October 9, 2004). "Virginia Tech 17, Wake Forest 10".
  2. ^ Stewart, Will (November 6, 2004). "Virginia Tech 27, North Carolina 24".
  3. ^ "Williams Named Thorpe Finalist". November 22, 2005. Retrieved July 23, 2007.
  4. ^ "Williams Earns Unanimous All-America Honors". December 20, 2005. Retrieved July 23, 2007.
  5. ^ "Falcons' DB Williams Cited For Marijuana Possession". July 23, 2007. Archived from the original on August 5, 2007. Retrieved July 23, 2007.
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  7. ^ Atlanta Falcons Cut Jimmy Williams - FanHous - AOL Sports Blog

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