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Paul Williams
WR #81
Height:
6-1
Weight:
196
College:
Fresno State
Experience:
3

Biography

PRO: Paul Williams possesses a variety of skills with his size, speed and leaping ability.  After learning the wide receiver craft from the sidelines and practice field as a rookie, the Fresno State product appeared in five games during his second season and caught one pass for seven yards.  He spent his entire third season on the team’s practice squad.  The athletic pass catcher hopes to contribute to a deep wide receiver group in 2010.

TITANS TIDBITS: 
• Saddened by the passing away of both parents and one of his brothers, Paul experienced a great deal of adversity before he reached the age of 21.   In 2000, his brother, Curtis, suffered a tragic injury.  Curtis was a safety at the University of Washington, but he was paralyzed after he broke his neck tackling Stanford tailback Kerry Carter. Curtis died 19 months later from complications due to the injury.  Paul was in high school when the injury happened and planned on giving up football after his brother’s gruesome injury, but was encouraged to continue playing by Curtis before he passed away.  Washington honors Curtis with his jersey #25 painted on the sidelines at Husky Stadium. 
• In 2004, more misery was brought upon the Williams family.  Paul’s mother,Viola, passed away after dealing with Alzheimer’s and his father, Donnie, passed away after suffering a heart attack.  Williams keeps his family close to his heart and prays that his brother and parents are watching down on him.   
• The youngest of seven children, Williams hails from an athletic family.  Williams’ brother, Dave, was a wide receiver at Fresno State in the 1980’s.  His brother, J.D., was a standout All-American cornerback at Fresno State (1986-89) and a first round draft choice by the Buffalo Bills in the 1990 NFL Draft. He played in four Super Bowls with the Bills and also played for the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers. Currently, J.D. is the secondary coach at the University of Washington. He also has served as an assistant football coach at California, Fresno State, San Jose State and Cal Poly.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
• The Avenal, Calif., native was was selected by the Titans in the third round (80th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.
• Waived on Sept. 5, 2009 and signed to the Titans’ practice squad on Sept. 6, 2009.

COLLEGE:
• Williams produced his best season statistically as a junior in 2005 earning first-team All-WAC while hauling in a team-high 43 receptions for 729 yards and seven touchdowns.  Williams crossed the 100-yard receiving mark three times and his 17.0 average yards per catch led the WAC.  Also gained 83 yards on nine carries (9.2 avg.).  Recorded six receptions for career-high 149 yards, including a school record 98-yard touchdown reception against Boise State.
• As senior, played in seven games with five starts and recorded 21 receptions for 229 yards (10.9 avg.) and one touchdown.  Also rushed for 48 yards on six carries (8.0 avg.) and returned two kickoffs for 26 yards.  Contributed two tackles on special teams and one forced fumble.  Posted season-high six receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown at Washington.  Missed five games due to injuries.
• As sophomore, played in all 12 games and posted seven receptions for 70 yards (10.0 avg.).
• As redshirt freshman, played in seven games and totaled three receptions for 20 yards (6.7 avg.).
• Majored in psychology.

PERSONAL: 
• Married to Kenyeih Williams, splits time between Nashville and Avenal, Calif.
• Attended Avenal (Calif.) High School while earning first-team All-Star by The Fresno Bee at as senior.   Recorded 13 interceptions and gained 953 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns.  Also returned three kickoffs for scores that season.  As junior was named League Defensive Player of the Year at defensive back.
• Also garnered All-League accolades in basketball as junior and reached the Valley Finals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes during his senior year in track.
• Hobbies include playing video games and playing with his Rottweiler, Jackson.
• List of favorites:  (movie) “Life”; (TV show) “Chappelle Show”; (actor) Will Smith; (actress) Beyonce Knowles; (music artists) Lil Wayne; (sports hero) Barry Sanders; (vacation getaway) Fiji; (food) Pizza;  and (car) Range Rover.
• Born Paul Edward Williams on Dec. 2, 1983 in Hanford, Calif.

PRO: Paul Williams possesses a variety of skills with his size, speed and leaping ability.  After learning the wide receiver craft from the sidelines and practice field as a rookie, the Fresno State product appeared in five games during his second season and caught one pass for seven yards.  He spent his entire third season on the team’s practice squad.  The athletic pass catcher hopes to contribute to a deep wide receiver group in 2010.

TITANS TIDBITS: 
• Saddened by the passing away of both parents and one of his brothers, Paul experienced a great deal of adversity before he reached the age of 21.   In 2000, his brother, Curtis, suffered a tragic injury.  Curtis was a safety at the University of Washington, but he was paralyzed after he broke his neck tackling Stanford tailback Kerry Carter. Curtis died 19 months later from complications due to the injury.  Paul was in high school when the injury happened and planned on giving up football after his brother’s gruesome injury, but was encouraged to continue playing by Curtis before he passed away.  Washington honors Curtis with his jersey #25 painted on the sidelines at Husky Stadium. 
• In 2004, more misery was brought upon the Williams family.  Paul’s mother,Viola, passed away after dealing with Alzheimer’s and his father, Donnie, passed away after suffering a heart attack.  Williams keeps his family close to his heart and prays that his brother and parents are watching down on him.   
• The youngest of seven children, Williams hails from an athletic family.  Williams’ brother, Dave, was a wide receiver at Fresno State in the 1980’s.  His brother, J.D., was a standout All-American cornerback at Fresno State (1986-89) and a first round draft choice by the Buffalo Bills in the 1990 NFL Draft. He played in four Super Bowls with the Bills and also played for the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers. Currently, J.D. is the secondary coach at the University of Washington. He also has served as an assistant football coach at California, Fresno State, San Jose State and Cal Poly.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
• The Avenal, Calif., native was was selected by the Titans in the third round (80th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.
• Waived on Sept. 5, 2009 and signed to the Titans’ practice squad on Sept. 6, 2009.

COLLEGE:
• Williams produced his best season statistically as a junior in 2005 earning first-team All-WAC while hauling in a team-high 43 receptions for 729 yards and seven touchdowns.  Williams crossed the 100-yard receiving mark three times and his 17.0 average yards per catch led the WAC.  Also gained 83 yards on nine carries (9.2 avg.).  Recorded six receptions for career-high 149 yards, including a school record 98-yard touchdown reception against Boise State.
• As senior, played in seven games with five starts and recorded 21 receptions for 229 yards (10.9 avg.) and one touchdown.  Also rushed for 48 yards on six carries (8.0 avg.) and returned two kickoffs for 26 yards.  Contributed two tackles on special teams and one forced fumble.  Posted season-high six receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown at Washington.  Missed five games due to injuries.
• As sophomore, played in all 12 games and posted seven receptions for 70 yards (10.0 avg.).
• As redshirt freshman, played in seven games and totaled three receptions for 20 yards (6.7 avg.).
• Majored in psychology.

PERSONAL: 
• Married to Kenyeih Williams, splits time between Nashville and Avenal, Calif.
• Attended Avenal (Calif.) High School while earning first-team All-Star by The Fresno Bee at as senior.   Recorded 13 interceptions and gained 953 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns.  Also returned three kickoffs for scores that season.  As junior was named League Defensive Player of the Year at defensive back.
• Also garnered All-League accolades in basketball as junior and reached the Valley Finals in the 100- and 200-meter dashes during his senior year in track.
• Hobbies include playing video games and playing with his Rottweiler, Jackson.
• List of favorites:  (movie) “Life”; (TV show) “Chappelle Show”; (actor) Will Smith; (actress) Beyonce Knowles; (music artists) Lil Wayne; (sports hero) Barry Sanders; (vacation getaway) Fiji; (food) Pizza;  and (car) Range Rover.
• Born Paul Edward Williams on Dec. 2, 1983 in Hanford, Calif.

Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 5 1 7 7 1.4 7 0 0 0 1 0
2008 TEN 5 1 7 7 1.4 7 0 0 0 1 0
2007 TEN 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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