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Roosevelt Williams

Roosevelt Williams

Class of 1997

Roosevelt Williams

No. 20, 27, 37

Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-09-10) September 10, 1978 (age 33)
Jacksonville, Florida
Career information
College: Tuskegee
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72
Debuted in 2002
Last played in 2006
Career history

* Chicago Bears (2002-2003)
* Cleveland Browns (2003-2004)
* New York Jets (2006)*

Career NFL statistics
Tackles 27
Interceptions 3
Pass deflections 9
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Roosevelt "Roe" Williams, Jr. (born September 10, 1978 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former American football corner-back of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the [2002 NFL Draft]:72nd overall. He received an football scholarship to Florida State University due to being academically ineligible he attended Tuskegee University.

* 1 Early years
* 2 College career
* 3 Professional career
o 3.1 Chicago Bears
o 3.2 Denver Broncos
o 3.3 Cleveland Browns
* 4 Coaching career

Early years

Roosevelt stayed in the crime-infested housing projects on the East side of Jacksonville, where he and current NFL running back Leon Washington were neighbors. Roosevelt decided to attend Terry Parker High School that is 15 miles from his neighborhood; Williams felt the transition would keep him focus and out of trouble. At Terry Parker High School he lettered in football, basketball and track.
[edit] College career

At Tuskegee University he was considered one the top five cornerbacks in the nation for the NFL draft. He was also arguably considered the best collegiate defender in the state of Alabama in 2002.He played college football at Tuskegee in which he is considered the best cover cornerback to wear the crimson and old gold. Williams collegiate success of being drafted from a small division II have paid the way for current and former NFL players Drayton Florence, Frank Walker (American football), Dimitri Patterson and Harry Williams (American football) who was drafted a year(s) after him. Williams made All-American and first team SIAC all of his four years at a historical black university.

Professional career
Chicago Bears

Williams was selected in three round (72nd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. The pick used was obtained by the Bears from the Dallas Cowboys. Due to an nagging ankle injury he suffered in training camp, Williams played 7 games in his rookie season starting in three. Week 13 Chicago missed a big opportunity on the last play of the half. Packers QB Brett Favre threw a hail mary pass at the end of the half that was intercepted by Bears SS Damon Moore. Moore fumbled the ball to Packers lineman Mike Wahle, who subsequently fumbled it again to the Bears' Roosevelt Williams. Packers rookie receiver Javon Walker chased Williams down and tackled him short of the end zone to end the half. Bears CB R.W. McQuarters had a chance to make the block but attempted to position himself for a lateral instead, allowing Walker to make the tackle at the 11 yard line to end the first half. The wild play made headlines in the Chicago daily news, ESPN, and the Pardon the Interruption show when sports columnist Michael Wilbon criticized R.W. McQuarters for such a selfish act that caused Williams not to score. Week 14 Williams made his first start against the AFC champions the New York Jets and was the player of the game that stop the Jets from progressing to the 2002 playoffs.

Denver Broncos

Williams was claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos. The Broncos made room for Williams by cutting third string quarterback Danny Kanell leaving just two quarterbacks on the Broncos roster. Week 3 against the San Diego Chargers starting quarterback Jake Plummer injured his shoulder during a Chargers sack which resulted in the release of Williams to make room for another quarterback. A couple days after the release, Williams was picked up by the Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland Browns

Williams played in a total of 12 games for the Browns starting in 3. With the Browns Williams was on a secondary unit that were ranked #3 in pass defense and #10 in total defense. In week 13 Cleveland Browns face the Denver Broncos which was considered the game of the week that went in overtime. Williams finished that game with 8 tackles and a couple of break ups.

Coaching career

Williams is currently a collegiate football coach at Southwest Baptist University.

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