Michael Williams
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1990-09-08) September 8, 1990 (age 31)
Reform, Alabama
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:304 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school:Pickens County (AL)
College:Alabama
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 7 / Pick: 211
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Receptions:3
Receiving yards:26
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Michael Williams (born September 8, 1990) is a former American football tight end who is currently the head football coach at Reform (Ala.) Pickens County High School. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round (211th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama.

Early years

Williams attended Pickens County High School in Alabama. He earned All-County, All-Area and honorable mention All-State honors while playing basketball in high school.[1] While at high school, he also earned the 2007 Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State honors as a Tight end[2] on the first team and also was selected as the ASWA Class 2A lineman of the year.[1] He was a member of The Mobile Press-Register Elite 18 while at High School.[3] He earned first team All-State honors in his Junior season and also was an Honorable mention as a Tight end while at high school.[1]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Michael Williams
Defensive End
Reform, Alabama Pickens County high school 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (110 kg) 4.7 Feb 16, 2007 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
   Rivals:
   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 17 (DE)   Rivals: 4 (DE), 148 (National), 10 (Alabama)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2008 Alabama Football Commitments". Rivals.com.
  • "2008 Alabama Football Recruiting Commits". Scout.com.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com.
  • "2008 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College career

Williams played College football at Alabama. He finished college with a total of 51 receptions, 503 receiving yards along with seven touchdowns.[4] On January 7, 2013, he had 3 receptions, 17 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown against Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.[5] In January 2013, he was added to the Senior Bowl roster.[6]

Professional career

Detroit Lions

In the 2013 NFL Draft, Williams was selected in the 7th round (211th overall) by the Detroit Lions.[7] On August 22, 2013, Williams broke his hand during a preseason game against the New England Patriots.[8] On August 31, 2013, Williams was placed on injured reserve.[9]

After the draft of tight end Eric Ebron, it was announced that Williams would be moved to offensive tackle and would wear the number 73.[10]

New England Patriots

On August 25, 2015, the Lions traded Williams to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2017 seventh-round draft pick.[11] Williams was assigned No. 85, indicating a return to tight end.[12]

During the 2015 season, Williams appeared in 15 regular season games (with nine starts) and caught three passes for 26 yards.[13] Williams also appeared in both of the Patriots playoff games and started in the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos on January 24, 2016.[14]

On June 8, 2016, Williams suffered a torn ACL during practice.[15] On June 10, 2016, he was waived/injured by the Patriots and was reverted to injured reserve, missing the entire 2016 season. On February 5, 2017, Williams's Patriots appeared in Super Bowl LI. In the game, the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime.[16][17][18]

On March 9, 2017, Williams re-signed with the Patriots on a one-year deal.[19] On May 12, 2017, Williams was released by the Patriots.[20]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Alabama Crimson Tide Profile". rolltide.com. Archived from the original on February 12, 2013.
  2. ^ "2007 2A Team". ahsfhs.org.
  3. ^ "IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Michael Williams, Jerrell Harris". publicus.com. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2010.
  4. ^ "Michael Williams Alabama Statistics". sports-reference.com/.
  5. ^ "Alabama vs Notre Dame Box Score". foxsports.com.
  6. ^ "Alabama tight end Michael Williams joins Senior Bowl roster". al.com. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Yuille, Sean (April 27, 2013). "2013 NFL Draft results: Lions pick Michael Williams". Pride Of Detroit. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  8. ^ Yuille, Sean (August 23, 2013). "Michael Williams injury: Lions tight end breaks hand". Pride Of Detroit. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  9. ^ Reisman, Jeremy (August 31, 2013). "Lions place Michael Williams on injured reserve". Pride Of Detroit. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  10. ^ Yuille, Sean (May 21, 2014). "Lions move Michael Williams to offensive tackle". Pride Of Detroit. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  11. ^ Sessler, Marc (August 25, 2015). "Patriots acquire OT/TE Michael Williams from Lions". NFL.com. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  12. ^ Birkett, Dave (January 16, 2016). "Williams makes most of fresh start after Lions trade". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  13. ^ "Michael Williams player profile".
  14. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201601240den.htm
  15. ^ Reiss, Mike (June 9, 2016). "Pats TE Williams likely to go on IR with ACL tear". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  16. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  17. ^ "Patriots Release TE Michael Williams". New England Patriots. June 10, 2016. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  18. ^ Thomas, Oliver (June 13, 2016). "Michael Williams reverts to Patriots' injured reserve". 24-7 Sports. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  19. ^ Buchmasser, Bernd (March 9, 2017). "Patriots re-sign backup TE Michael Williams to one-year contract". PatsPulpit.com.
  20. ^ "Patriots release TE Michael Williams". Patriots.com. May 12, 2017.