Quinnen Williams became a fan favorite during this year's draft after being selected by the New York Jets. Williams was being referred to by his nickname “Big Baby” while the draft was going on.
The new defensive tackle for the Jets seemed like quite the character after he sneezed, then proceeded to bless and thank himself. He also had a relatable feeling during OTA's when he said that he was in awe when he met Le'Veon Bell and Jamal Adams.
Williams, when he spoke about meeting Adams, said that he had the Jets safety on his Ultimate Team on the Madden video game. It's nice to see a player that people can connect with on a personal level.
New York selected Williams with the third overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Alabama. Williams is a very polished defensive tackle who is a great addition to an already talented Jets defensive line.
The Jets are hoping to get an anchor on the interior of their defense with Williams. The charismatic defensive lineman is known as a skilled defensive player from Alabama but there are things you may not know about Williams.
Here are three things you may not know about Quinnen Williams.
3. His Mother Passed Away From Breast Cancer in 2010
One of the reasons why Williams is so motivated is because he plays with his mom on his mind. Williams' mom, Marquischa Henderson Williams, unfortunately passed away after battling cancer in 2010.
The rookie defensive tackle's mom instilled a great work ethic and joyous personality into Williams. His mom was a first-grade teacher which showed him the importance of education and learning.
Williams was only 12 years old when his mom died, but he's been able to overcome the tragedy and turn it into motivation. The Jets new defensive tackle left college early but plans to return to Alabama to get his degree.
Undoubtedly, his mom would be beyond proud of the person and athlete that Williams has become, being drafted into the NFL.
2. Williams Actually Committed to Auburn Before Alabama
As we all know, Williams played his only two seasons in college at the University of Alabama. Before playing for Nick Saban, Williams committed to Auburn during his senior season.
Williams must have had second thoughts though, as he switched his commitment to Saban and the Crimson Tide in 2016. After deciding to attend Alabama, Williams decided to redshirt his freshman year in college.
That didn't slow down the defensive lineman from dominating in college. In his two seasons, Williams totaled 91 total tackles, 26 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks with Alabama.
Auburn was probably heartbroken to watch Williams de-commit and then decide to go to a school within their conference. Williams helped Alabama beat down Auburn in 2018 with a score of 52-21.
What if Williams decided to go to Auburn over Alabama? It really makes you wonder if anything would've been different for either school.
1. Quinnen Has a Brother in the NFL
Most people likely don't know that Quinnen actually has an older brother who is in the NFL. Quinnen's brother's name is Quincy and he plays linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Quincy was also drafted in this year's draft but went in the third round unlike Quinnen, who went third overall. The Jets rookie's brother attended Murray State in college where he played linebacker.
Quincy totaled 231 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and three interceptions in his four seasons playing for Murray State. Currently, Quincy finds himself in a situation where he could get an opportunity to play some with Telvin Smith sitting out in 2o19.
Quinnen Williams is a phenomenal talent, but don't forget about Quincy Williams being in the NFL. Both guys overcame a lot to reach their goal of playing in the NFL, making their family proud.