Sam Williams, a former Ole Miss star edge rusher, is now playing football with the Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted in Round 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft. He let Dallas know why the Cowboys had drafted the former Rebel.
Williams stated, “I’m persistent… I love this game.” “I have studied the game. They’re going to get a player who wants to play, wins, does his job well, and goes above and beyond. I’m ready. It’s something I can talk about, but it’s something I want to do.
Williams was a JUCO junior college prospect in 2019 and his path to Ole Miss was through that level. With 17.5 sacks, he was awarded first-team JUCO All American honors at Northeast Mississippi Community College. This talent carried over to the SEC.
He led Ole Miss in 2019 with six sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss and recorded an interception as well as a forced fumble and forced fumble. After being charged with sexual battery, he was suspended for part the 2020 season. However, the charges were dropped shortly after. He was back on the field again and led the Rebels with four sacks. Williams’ best season was last year. He tallied 12.5sacks, a school record, with 16 tackles for loss and forcing four fumbles. He was third-team AP All-American, and first-team All-SEC.
Concerns rose over his arrest and subsequent sexual battery felony charge, which led to him being suspended from the Rebels 2020 season. Williams made a comment about the matter shortly after he was selected. He denied that he had any wrongdoing in relation to the case.
Williams, 23 years old, is a father to his young son. He credits him with showing him the right way and helping him realize his draft goals. As Williams starts his career in Dallas, the Cowboy hopes to forget his past and concentrate on his son’s future.
“I never had a dad. I’ll start off by saying that,” Williams said. “I had father figures in my life, but there’s nobody like your biological dad. When I had my son, I made a promise to him and myself that he’ll never go through what I went through.”