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Jamal Williams

Jamal Williams doing pregame warmups in a 2008 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
No. --     Denver Broncos
Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: April 28, 1976 (1976-04-28) (age 33)
Place of birth: Washington, D.C.
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 348 lb (158 kg)
Career information
College: Oklahoma State
Supplemental Draft: 1998 / Round: 2
Debuted in 1998 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Tackles     310
Sacks     13.0
INTs     1
Stats at NFL.com

Jamal Williams (born April 28, 1976) is an American football nose tackle for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 1998 Supplemental Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma State.

With his massive 6′3″, 350-pound frame, Williams has been described as a "textbook block-of-granite noseman" by SI.com′s Peter King.[1]

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Early years

Williams is the second oldest of seven boys, was raised in Washington, D.C. by his mother, Harriet, a single parent. A two-time All-Met selection at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, Williams played linebacker at 6′3″, 255 pounds. He was named a Super Prep All-American in 1994. Williams played at Oklahoma State University in 1995. In 1996, he transferred to Kemper Military School and Junior College in Boonville, Missouri, where he was a standout in the junior college ranks. In 1997, Williams returned to Oklahoma State and was named a First Team All-Big 12 conference selection. He finished his career at OSU with 117 tackles and 9.5 sacks. He wore the number 99 in his final years at OSU.

Professional career

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San Diego Chargers

Williams was drafted in the second-round of the 1998 NFL Supplemental Draft by the San Diego Chargers. The highlight of his rookie season occurred on December 13, when he scored a touchdown on a 14-yard interception return against the Seattle Seahawks. He started two games in 1999 and all 16 in 2000. He suffered a season ending injury in the third game of the 2001 season, but worked his way back into the starting line-up in 2002, earning the Ed Block Courage Award for his efforts. Williams would end up being the bright spot of the Chargers 1998 Draft as Ryan Leaf, taken with by the Chargers second overall selection played only two years with the Chargers before being released.

The Chargers switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme in 2004 and fielded Williams at nose tackle, arguably the most important position in the 3-4 defense. That year, Williams became widely recognized as a top 3-4 nose tackle in the NFL, being named as a first-alternate to Pro Bowl, first-team All-Pro by Sports Illustrated, second-team All-Pro by Associated Press and Football Digest. He also was named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team, and was voted Chargers Defensive Player of Year and Lineman of Year.

The ninth-year pro had arguably his best game of his career against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 8, 2006 when he accumulated 6 tackles and 1 sack, especially considering that the 3-4 nose tackle is a position often devoid of stats. Furthermore, his performance came against perennial pro-Bowlers Jeff Hartings and Alan Faneca.[2]

After the 2006 season, he was named a starter in the 2007 Pro Bowl, and earned first-team All-Pro honors from Associated Press, Sporting News, USA Today Sports Weekly, Pro Football Weekly and the Professional Football Writers of America. He also gained first-team All-AFC honors from PFW and PFWA, and was Chargers co-Lineman of Year.

He was released on March 4, 2010.

Denver Broncos

Williams was signed to a three-year contract by the Denver Broncos on March 9, 2010.

Personal life

In 1999, Williams married Surel Williams (Sureldie Rycha Davis), an American singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur. The couple has 2 daughters, Joy D. Williams and Jasmine D. Williams. The couple raise their children between Dallas, Texas and San Diego, California.

On February 1, 2009 Williams was arrested for DUI in San Diego. Charges were dropped after his blood alcohol content was found to be below the legal limit of .08.[3]

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