SAN ANTONIO – UTSA alumni, Teddy Williams will play in Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos as the only current NFL player to attend college in San Antonio.
During his athletic career at UTSA, Williams ran track and field. He ran the 100-meter dash in a record 9.9 seconds, but not once did he ever step foot on the football field during his collegiate career.
Even though Williams did not play football at the collegiate level, he did leave a mark on his high school football field in Tyler, TX. He received All-State honors as a junior, but was not able to have a senior season due to injuries.
In 2010, after finishing his final track season career at UTSA, Williams got the opportunity to tryout with the Dallas Cowboys. The team was holding their annual training camp in San Antonio that year where Williams was able to grab their attention. Moving back and forth from The Cowboys’ active roster to the practice squad, Williams stayed with the Cowboys organization for two years.
“I was just so raw back then, and I’m still raw now, but I’ve learned so much and I’m more developed as a player. Back then I was very raw, and I was just talented trying to find my place and my role somewhere,” Williams said.
The three years that followed, Williams briefly played in the United Football League, and signed with the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars.
“It’s all been a battle just trying to establish myself in the league, and ultimately lose that title of being the track guy. I want to prove to people that I can play football, I have talents that I can help in this league and help the team win and be victorious and ultimately be that contributor that someone depends on and counts on day in and day out,” Williams said during an online interview.
Williams is currently signed with the Carolina Panthers as a corner back on a two-year $2.3 million contract. He describes the vibe in Carolina as different and selfless -- giving the team that winning edge.
“The air felt different at camp, the air felt different during preseason and the season just felt different when it started off. We just rode that wave and kept fighting,” Williams said.
Williams had a fumble recovery in the second quarter of the NFC Championship against the Arizona Cardinals, setting up the Panthers for their third touchdown of the game.
“I was going in for the tackle and I noticed he muffed the punt, and after that it’s just a scramble for the ball,” Williams said
Williams has had some demanding requests this Super Bowl season -- game tickets being the most popular.
“I’ve been asked for hundreds of tickets, but you have to draw a line somewhere, and I drew mine at 30,” Williams said.
Williams may be on the big screen now, but owes all his success to those who helped him through his journey as an athlete -- even more importantly as a person.