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Where Are They Now - David Williams

June 27, 2014

David Williams - WR 1983-1985

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While Illinois boasts a number of receivers who have posted impressive statistics or gone on to lengthy NFL careers, David Williams stands out as arguably the greatest wide receiver to wear the Orange and Blue. Nearly 30 years after finishing his collegiate career, Williams still holds many school records and was a two-time consensus first-team All-American in 1984 and 1985. In his first year with the Illini, Williams caught 59 passes for 870 yards and six touchdowns, helping Illinois to its first Rose Bowl berth in 20 years.

His next two seasons made Illinois history as Williams led all NCAA Division I receivers with 101 receptions for 1,278 yards and eight TDs as a junior, then grabbed 95 passes for 1,156 yards and 10 TDs as a senior. At the conclusion of Williams' collegiate career, he finished as the second-leading receiver in NCAA history, propelling himself into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Following college, Williams was picked in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, with the 82nd overall selection. Williams would go on to play two seasons in the National Football League, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1986 and the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987. Williams later starred in the Canadian Football League, where he was named a five-time all-star and league MVP for the British Columbia Lions.

Now 30 years after his college career ended, Wiliams still holds Illinois records for career receptions, receiving yards, 100-yard games and touchdowns, season receptions and receiving yards, and single-game receptions. He also shares school records for season and single-game touchdown receptions and season 100-yard receiving games.

Today, Williams is the manager at Jacquet West, a service-oriented stainless and nickel alloy processing company in Carson, California. Jacquet West is a metal service center specializing in plasma and waterjet cutting stainless steel and nickel alloy plates. Williams is based in the Los Angeles area.

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