DeAngelo Williams Biography

DeAngelo Williams is a retired American football player who once played for the Carolina Panthers. Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: April 25, 1983

Nationality: American

Famous: Football Players American Men

Age: 36 Years, 36 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Taurus

Also Known As: DeAngelo Chondon Williams

Born Country: United States

Born in: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Famous as: American Football Player

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Risalyn Williams (m. 2016)

father: Odell Hill

mother: Sandra Hill

children: Rhiya Williams

Notable Alumni: University Of Memphis

U.S. State: Arkansas

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education: Wynne High School, University of Memphis

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DeAngelo Chondon Williams is a retired American football running back who played nine National Football League (NFL) seasons for the Carolina Panthers. He also played two seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers before announcing his retirement in 2008. A native of Arkansas, Williams played high school football for Wynne High School and later enrolled at the University of Memphis. Between 2002 and 2006, he was part of the roster of the Memphis Tigers football team for four seasons. He is the current holder of the Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record for 100-yard rushing games (34) and All-purpose yards (7,573). During the 2006 NFL Draft, he was picked by the Panthers in the first round as their 27th overall pick. In the nine seasons he played there, he helped the team make it to the playoffs three times. He was part of the Pro Bowl once in his career and twice the NFL rushing touchdowns leader. After leaving football, Williams has pursued a career in professional wrestling. He is associated with the Impact Wrestling promotion. In July 2017, he quit pro-wrestling but made a return a year later.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • DeAngelo Williams was born on April 25, 1983, in Wynne, Arkansas, as the son of Sandra and Odell Hill.
  • In 2004, Sandra was told that she had breast cancer. After a decade-long battle, she passed away in May 2014. Williams also lost four maternal aunts to the disease. At present, he is associated with the breast cancer awareness organization, Susan G. Komen. He has gotten pink highlights on his dreadlocks to show solidarity in the fight against the disease.
  • He was a student at Wynne High School in Wynne, Arkansas. As a sophomore, he suffered a broken bone in his foot and subsequently missed most of the season. In 2000, he was included in the Arkansas All-State team due to his performance in the junior season.
  • In 2001, he became the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 2001 Offensive Player of the Year. A letterman in track & field, he played a pivotal role in his school’s second-place finish in the 2001 state track championships.
  • In his four seasons for the Memphis Tigers, Williams played 44 games, registering 969 carries for 6,026 rushing yards, 55 rushing touchdowns, 70 catches for 723 receiving yards, and five receiving touchdowns. He was included in the First-team All American in 2005.
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American Football Career
  • During the 2006 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, DeAngelo Williams’ height was determined to be 5’9”, which resulted in many scouts questioning his abilities. However, it did not take him long to prove himself as one of the most impressive prospects of the year.
  • After much speculations, the Panthers chose him as one of their picks during the NFL Draft. He selected the jersey #34, the same number he had adopted in high school and the same number his hero at the time, Ricky Williams, wore.
  • In his first NFL season, Williams played 13 matches with 121 carries for 501 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, 33 catches for 313 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown. In the following season, he was part of 16 games, with 144 carries for 717 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns, 23 catches for 175 receiving yards. and one receiving touchdown.
  • Before the 2008 season, he had become the starting running back for the Panthers. Jonathan Stewart joined the team in that season, but the majority of the work was still being done by Williams. He started all the 16 games he played that season, registering 273 carries for 1,515 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns, 22 catches for 121 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns.
  • He was the league leader with his 18 rushing touchdowns in the 2008 season. The team had qualified for the playoffs, but they lost the NFC Divisional Round match against the Arizona Cardinals.
  • He played for the Panthers for six more seasons. In October 2010, he sustained an injury on his right foot that benched him for the rest of the season. In July 2011, his contract was extended for five years for $43 million.
  • The 2014 season was his last one with the Panthers. He played only six games, registering 63 carries for 219 rushing yards and five catches for 44 receiving yards. The Panthers let him go on March 10, 2015.
  • Williams played the final two seasons (2015 and 2016) of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. When he announced his retirement on June 25, 2018, he had played 142 games in total, recording 1,730 carries for 8,096 rushing yards, 61 rushing touchdowns, 236 catches for 2,106 receiving yards, and nine receiving touchdowns.
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Professional Wrestling
  • Williams has always been interested in professional wrestling. He made his in-ring debut at the Impact Wrestling event Slammiversary XV on July 2, 2017. He teamed up with Moose, a fellow former professional American footballer, in a tag-team match against Chris Adonis and Eli Drake. His performance in the match garnered extremely positive reviews.
  • He quit pro-wrestling on July 5, 2017, only to reveal on July 2, 2018, that he was coming back. He worked on a storyline with Austin Aries in one episode but has not made an appearance since then.
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Family & Personal Life
  • DeAngelo Williams has been in a relationship with Risalyn Burzynski since they were in college. They got married in July 2016. The couple has three children together, two daughters and a son. Their oldest daughter’s name is Rhiya.
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