Tyrone Williams
No. 37
Personal information
Born: (1973-05-31) May 31, 1973 (age 49)
Bradenton, Florida
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Bradenton (FL) Manatee
NFL Draft:1996 / Round: 3 / Pick: 93
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:120
Interception yards:274
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Upton Tyrone Williams (born May 31, 1973 in Bradenton, Florida) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Nebraska.

Early years

Williams attended Manatee High School, where he practiced football, basketball and track. In football, he was a two-way player at running back and cornerback. As a senior, he contributed to the team having a 12-1 record, along with teammate Tommie Frazier at quarterback.

College career

He accepted A football scholarship from the University of Nebraska. He was forced to sit out his freshman season, due to the NCAA's Proposition 48 regulation.[1] As a sophomore, he became the starter at right cornerback in the fourth game, collecting 29 tackles (tenth on the team), 14 solo tackles, one interception and 3 passes defensed (led the team), while being was named Big Eight Co-Defensive Newcomer-of-the-Year as the Huskers defensive player of the year.[2] In the national championship game against Florida State University, he had career highs with 9 tackles (8 solo) and 3 passes defensed.

As a junior, he missed the game against West Virginia University. He finished with 38 tackles (eleventh on the team), 31 solo tackles, 3 interceptions (second on the team) and 5 passes defensed (second on the team). As a senior, he tallied 28 tackles (19 solo), one tackle for loss, one interception, 3 passes defensed, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery.

During his college career he recorded 95 tackles, 5 interceptions and 11 passes defensed, while contributing to a 36-1 record, 2 national championships and 3 Big Eight Conference titles.[3]

In 2006, he was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

Williams was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (93rd overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft. As a rookie reserve behind Doug Evans, he made 25 tackles during the regular season and 3 more in the playoffs. He also had 4 passes defensed during the playoffs and made a critical interception late in the first half of the Packers 30-13 NFC championship win over the Carolina Panthers. He was a reserve for the Super Bowl XXXI winning team.

In 1997, he became a full-time starter at left cornerback after Craig Newsome suffered a left knee injury in the season opener. In 1998, he was named the starter at right cornerback alongside Newsome and led the team with 5 interceptions.

From 1998 to 2001, he posted at least 4 interceptions every season. He appeared in 111 out of 112 games with 94 starts, finishing with 445 tackles, 19 interceptions and 92 passes defensed.[4]

Atlanta Falcons

On March 16, 2003, he was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Falcons to a four-year $10.3 million contract with a $3 million signing bonus, to replace Ashley Ambrose at right cornerback.[5] He reported overweight for training camp and was suspended for the fifth game against the Minnesota Vikings.[6]

Williams started in only six games and was benched for the entire second half of the season, being declared inactive for the final nine contests. He registered 20 tackles, 2 passes defensed and no interceptions. He was released on June 2, 2004.[7]

Dallas Cowboys

On September 30, 2004, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent for depth purposes, after Pete Hunter was lost for the season with a left knee injury.[8] He passed Jacques Reeves on the depth chart, starting 2 games at right cornerback, making 6 tackles and one sack. On November 13, he was waived with a hamstring injury he suffered in the seventh game against the Detroit Lions and was later placed on the injured reserve list on November 15.[9] He was released on December 14.

Personal life

Williams founded a sports management company named TruPros, to help players deal with the balance of life and football. He has also undergone a divorce.[10]


  1. ^ "Heded For a Fall? Nebraska May Win Another National Title, But The Days When Such a Colossus Ruled The Game Are Over". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Seven former Huskers named to Nebraska Football Hall of Fame". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "2006 Nebraska Hall of Fame Class Announced". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Falcons sign LB Newman, CB Williams". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Falcons sign Tyrone Williams". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Williams disciplined for 'conduct detrimental to team'". October 2003. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Contract worth $9.3M already in place". June 2, 2004. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Cowboys sign free agents Williams, Ricks". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Cowboys waive injured CB Williams". November 14, 2004. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Ex-Packers CB Tyrone Williams uses past experiences to help today's players". Retrieved February 19, 2018.