William Likely III (born September 13, 1994) is an American football cornerback for the DC Defenders of the XFL. He played college football for the University of Maryland Terrapins football.[1][2]

William Likely
No. 33 – DC Defenders
Personal information
Born: (1994-09-13) September 13, 1994 (age 25)
Belle Glade, Florida
Height:5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight:179 lb (81 kg)
Career information
High school:Belle Glade (FL) Glades Central
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

On September 5, 2015, Likely broke a 76-year-old Big Ten Conference single-game record when he returned punts for 233 yards in the season opener against Richmond.[3][4] He was selected by both the coaches and media as a first-team return specialist and also by the coaches as a first-team defensive back on the 2015 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[5]

College careerEdit

Likely played for the Maryland Terrapins from 2013 to 2016.

Maryland career records
  • Single-season interception return yards (170, 2014)
  • Single-season interceptions returned for TD (2, 2014)
  • Single-game kickoff return yards (228 yards vs. Michigan State, 2014)
  • Single-game punt return yards (233 yards vs. Richmond, 2015)
  • Co-longest kickoff return average in a season (31.0 yards, 2014)
  • Co-longest kickoff return (100 yards vs. Stanford, 2014)

Professional careerEdit

New England PatriotsEdit

Likely signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on June 5, 2017.[6] He was waived on September 2, 2017.[7]

Toronto ArgonautsEdit

The Toronto Argonauts signed Likely to their practice squad on August 21, 2018.[8]

Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdit

Likely was signed to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' practice roster on June 18, 2019. He was promoted to the active roster on July 12, and demoted to the practice roster on July 31. He was promoted again on September 19, and demoted again on September 26. He was released from the practice roster after the season on November 26, 2019.

DC DefendersEdit

Likely signed with the DC Defenders of the XFL during mini-camp in December 2019.


  1. ^ "4 William Likely". University of Maryland. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "William Likely". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Maryland's Will Likely sets Big Ten record with 233 punt return yards". The Baltimore Sun. September 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Maryland playmaker Likely enjoys many happy returns". Associated Press. September 8, 2015.
  5. ^ "2015 All-Big Ten Offensive Team & individual award winners". ESPN.com. December 2015.
  6. ^ "Patriots sign third-round draft pick OL Tony Garcia; Sign rookie free agent DB Will Likely and release rookie DL Corey Vereen". Patriots.com. June 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "Patriots reach 53-man limit". Patriots.com. September 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Balenovich, Chris (August 21, 2018). "ARGOS ADD INTERNATIONAL DB WILL LIKELY TO PRACTICE ROSTER". Argonauts.Prezly.com.

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