Player Profile

As a special feature this season, BR will be offering its readers a rare behind the scenes look at the NFL from a rookie's point of view. We will be following CB Roosevelt Williams and SS Bobby Gray as they enter the world of professional football.

Updates will be available during training camp, following preseason games and weekly through the regular season. This exclusive section will be shown as premium content and in the print edition for the remainder of the year.

Readers are encouraged to send questions for Williams or Gray to bearreport@hotmail.com

Cornerback, Tuskegee University-6", 205 lbs

Roosevelt Williams has all the intangibles that are vitally important to eventual success in the NFL: intelligence, intensity, focus and concentration. An athletic, lean and muscular player Williams is also known for his sharp acceleration, good hands and quickness. He is a defensive force to be reckoned with.

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Williams excelled both in high school football and in track. He attended Savannah State College, a Division II school, where he played defense and special teams. Williams also competed For Savannah State in the decathlon.

After transferring to Tuskegee University in 2000, Williams continued to dominate defensively with numerous fumble recoveries, tackles, and kick off returns. In ‘01 he had 5 picks, 12 passes broken up, not allowing a reception in 6 of 12 games. Opposing offenses soon learned to avoid Williams' territory.

In his senior year, he achieved 14 tackles in 11 games, scored on a blocked punt and had 2 kickoff returns for 77 yards and was named Little All-American choice by the NFL Draft Report. Williams' size, strength and ability impressed numerous NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl, placing him near the top of several teams' wish lists.

Williams was drafted by the Bears in the third round of the NFL draft in April of 2002. He is expected to have a significant impact on the secondary as he acclimates to the NFL.

Williams discusses adapting to the pro game in the player diary section.


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