4 things to know about Packers running back Jamaal Williams
The Green Bay Packers have a ton of offensive weapons, but there is one player who’s forgotten amongst the rest. Most people, when discussing the Packers, mention Aaron Jones but also fail to mention Jamaal Williams.
The Packers selected Williams in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In the two seasons, he’s spent with Green Bay; he’s been a backup to Jones for the Packers.
Although, Williams has actually started in 15 games over the past two seasons. In those two seasons, Williams has amassed 1,020 yards on 274 carries and seven touchdowns. Williams has also provided some help in the passing game with 52 receptions in the last two years.
Fans of the Packers know of Williams, but they may not know specific interesting tidbits about the running back. Here are four things to know about Jamaal Williams.
4. Was a 3-Star Running Back in High School
In high school, Williams attended high school at Summit High School in California. The Packers running back expectedly played running back for the Skyhawks (his school’s nickname).
The young running back played well enough to earn some interest from a couple of colleges. Although the decision seemed natural for Williams as he committed to Brigham Young University (BYU).
3. Played his Entire Collegiate Career at BYU
After high school, Williams took his talents to Utah to attend Brigham Young University. Of course, BYU has seen the likes of Steve Young and Ty Detmer. And how could we forget the legendary Taysom Hill as well?
At BYU, Williams spent four seasons with the team—which actually helped him land in Green Bay. According to the Packers director of college scouting, Jon-Eric Sullivan, Williams’ willingness to return for his senior season showed the Packers what type of person he was.
Besides, Williams only helped himself by having an impressive senior season by rushing for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns. Undoubtedly, that improved his draft stock for the 2017 NFL Draft.
2. Williams is All Over the BYU Record Books
While at BYU, Williams cemented himself as arguably the best running back to attend the college. In his four seasons, he etched his name in the record books for multiple stats.
For starters, Williams holds the single-game record for most rushing yards with 286. He did this in a game in 2016 against Toledo.
Most importantly, Williams leads the school in all-time rushing yards with 3,901 yards on the ground. His 3,901 yards are 446 yards in front of Harvey Unga who attended the University from 2006-2009.
Every season, Williams was the best offensive weapon on the field but was rarely used in the passing attack. In his entire collegiate career, Williams totaled just 60 receptions for 567 yards. Nonetheless, Williams holds multiple school records that may never be broken.
1. Born in the Same City as Ronnie Lott
Williams has always been known as a tough runner, but his toughness may partly come from the city he was born in. The tough running back was born in the same city as none other than Ronnie Lott.
Williams was born in Rialto, California (about 50 miles from Los Angeles). Rialto has a population of around 103,000 people. Of course, Lott was known for being an aggressive safety that wasn’t afraid of anything.
Lott spent the majority of his 14-year career with the San Francisco 49ers, so he was close to home. In addition, Lott was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Like every player, that is likely one of Williams goals—to follow Lott in the path of a Hall of Fame career.