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Karlos Jermell Williams Sr.[1] (born May 4, 1993) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.

Karlos Williams
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Williams at FSU in 2014
Free agent
Position:Running Back
Personal information
Born: (1993-05-04) May 4, 1993 (age 26)
Davenport, Florida
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Ridge Community
(Davenport, Florida)
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 5 / Pick: 155
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing attempts:93
Rushing yards:517
Rushing touchdowns:7
Receiving yards:96
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Williams attended Ridge Community High School in Davenport, Florida, where he was a three-sport star in football, track and basketball. He played safety and running back. He was a five-star recruit by and was ranked as the second best safety and eighth best player overall in his class.[2]

He was also a track star in high school. He won the 200-meter dash event at the 2010 East County Track Meet with a time of 22.49 seconds. He placed 5th in the 100 meters at the 2011 FHSAA 3A Championships with a time of 10.7 seconds. He was timed at 10.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash as a senior.

College careerEdit

Williams played safety his first two years at Florida State. As a true freshman in 2011, he played in 12 games as a backup safety and return specialist. He missed the teams bowl game due to a broken wrist he suffered in the final regular season game.[3] As a sophomore in 2012, he again was a backup and return specialist. He played in 14 games and made one start. Williams entered his junior season in 2013 as a safety, but was moved to running back after the first game.[4][5] His first career carry was a 65-yard touchdown run against the Nevada Wolf Pack.[6] During the 2014 BCS National Championship Game against Auburn he rushed for 25 yards on five carries, including a seven-yard fake punt conversion on fourth-and-four.[7] He finished the year with 730 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns on 91 carries.[8] In 2014, Williams began his senior season as the starter, but eventually played behind Dalvin Cook.[9] He finished the year with 689 yards on 150 carries with 11 touchdowns.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
230 lb
(104 kg)
4.48 s 4.46 s 7.16 s 33.5 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Buffalo BillsEdit

Williams was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round (155th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.[10] Just as his first carry in college was for a touchdown, Williams's first carry in the NFL was a 26-yard touchdown run for the Bills against the Indianapolis Colts.[11][12]

In Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins, Williams surpassed 100 yards rushing for the first time in his career. He ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns on just twelve carries, including a 41-yard scoring run.[13][14][15][16]

Williams missed three games after suffering a concussion against the New York Giants in Week 4. He returned in a Week 9 rematch against the Dolphins.[17]

On November 8, 2015, Williams ran for a career-high 2 touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins.[18]

In Buffalo's Week 10 win over the New York Jets, Williams tied a record held by former New England Patriots running back Robert Edwards by reaching the end zone in his sixth consecutive game to start his career.[19] [20]

On August 20, 2016, Williams was released by the Bills after reportedly showing up to training camp out of shape and was later suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.[21]

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

On October 11, 2016, Williams was signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice squad.[22] On November 23, 2016, Williams was suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.[23] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers on January 24, 2017 after his suspension was lifted.[24] He was released by the Steelers on March 9, 2017.[25]

On June 28, 2017, Williams was suspended for at least one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse for a third time.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

His brother, Vince Williams played college football at Florida State and is currently a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers.[27][28]

He is a cousin of Derwin James.

Williams has seven children: two daughters, Kylie and Kota, and five sons, Karlos Jr., Kobi, Kason, Brady, and Korri. His son, Kason, was diagnosed with Hirschsprung's disease in early 2017. [29]


  1. ^ "Profile".
  2. ^
  3. ^ College Notebook: FSU's Karlos Williams Expected to Miss Bowl
  4. ^ Florida State moving Karlos Williams to running back
  5. ^ Karlos Williams moves to backfield
  6. ^ A debut to remember for FSU's Karlos Williams
  7. ^ Florida State keeps BCS title hopes alive with fake punt vs. Auburn
  8. ^ New look for FSU ground game in '14
  9. ^ Karlos Williams went from All-America candidate to FSU’s second-best RB
  10. ^ Bills draft FSU running back Karlos Williams with 155th overall pick
  11. ^ Bills bully Colts to win 27-14 in Rex Ryan's Buffalo debut. September 13, 2015
  12. ^ "HIGHLIGHT: Karlos Williams rushes 26-yard TD". Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "Fourth-quarter analysis: Karlos Williams nails the door shut - BN Blitz". The Buffalo News. September 27, 2015.
  14. ^ "Bills vs. Dolphins - Box Score - September 27, 2015 - ESPN". Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "HIGHLIGHT: Karlos Williams breaks a 41-yard TD". Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  16. ^ "Karlos Williams: Game Logs at". Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  17. ^ ""Karlos Williams injury update: RB active for Bills, fantasy owners - Yahoo Sports"".
  18. ^ "Dolphins vs. Bills - Box Score - November 8, 2015 - ESPN". Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  19. ^ "Bills vs. Jets - Game Recap - November 12, 2015 - ESPN". Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  20. ^ "Karlos Williams NFL Football Statistics |". Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  21. ^ Brown, Chris. "Bills release RB Karlos Williams".
  22. ^ Gantt, Darin (October 12, 2016). "Steelers add Karlos Williams to practice squad".
  23. ^ Patra, Kevin (November 23, 2016). "Steelers RB Karlos Williams to be suspended 10 games".
  24. ^ "11 players signed to Reserve/Future contracts". January 24, 2017.
  25. ^ Klinger, Jacob (March 9, 2017). "Pittsburgh Steelers cut RB Karlos Williams".
  26. ^ "NFL suspends ex-Bills RB Karlos Williams at least a year". June 28, 2017.
  27. ^ Brotherly rivalry
  28. ^ Florida State Seminoles’ Williams brothers carry bond to the field
  29. ^ Hassanein, Nada (April 25, 2017). "Karlos Williams' son battles rare disease, fundraiser started". Tallahassee Democrat.

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