Jimmy Williams, A Standout Player For Vanderbilt, Has Died At The Age Of 43
A cornerback for the Vanderbilt Commodores and the All-Southeastern Conference, Jimmy Williams passed away on Friday. He was 43.
The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports that Williams recently fell unwell. There was a lack of instant information. Vanderbilt did not release the cause of death, per the request of the deceased’s family.
Williams, a Commodore who played for the team from 1997 to 2000, was named one of the 100 finest players in program history in May. Williams was honored as an SEC Football Legend in 2013. He is one of only three players in Vanderbilt history to score a touchdown on both a punt and a kick return. Ranking fifth all-time in kickoff return yards for the program.
Williams spent six seasons in the NFL with the Seahawks and 49ers after being drafted in the sixth round in 2001 after four years with the program.
The influence of Williams was discussed by a number of Vanderbilt administrators.
Athletic Director Candice Lee tweeted, “My heart hurts as I write this.”
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“I count it as a great fortune to have known and played sports with Jimmy Williams during our time as college students. This week, I got to spend some time with him, and it served as a reminder of what a blessing he is to the world. The news of his passing hits very close to home.
What a tragic lesson this is about appreciating the little things in life. I just want his wonderful family to know how much we care about him.
Clark Lea, a football coach, reportedly had Williams, his wife Chandra, and their kid Ace over to their house on Wednesday. He said the family had persevered through “an extraordinarily tough and terrible journey,” but he was impressed by their strength.
A statement written by Lea reads, “Jimmy will be remembered for the enthusiasm and spirit with which he filled a room, the love and devotion he exhibited to his beautiful family, and the choices he took every day to live fully in the face of the most daunting circumstances life has to give.”
Coach Tim Corbin of the baseball team claimed that Ace was present at camp on Wednesday. On Twitter, Corbin gushed to Chandra, “You gave your hubby a gift by bringing him (here) to watch Ace.” “You couldn’t wipe the grin from Jimmy’s face for two days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Chandra.”
The 2021 homecoming game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Mississippi State Bulldogs was Williams’ last as an active Vanderbilt Commodore, but he still showed his support by serving as an honorary captain.
Williams played in the NFL for six years, the first four with the San Francisco 49ers and the last two with the Seattle Seahawks. He made it to the Super Bowl once, in 2005, with the 49ers.
He made 151 tackles, three interceptions, and 13 pass breakups in his career before retiring in 2006. Williams’ alma mater, Baton Rouge Episcopal, held their hall of fame induction ceremony that same year.
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Returning to Episcopal in 2011, he has held the positions of teacher, coach, and most recently defensive coordinator and assistant athletic director.
As of late Friday, details of the funeral were still unclear.
“It would be impossible to put into words the influence this guy had on our school and our lives,” “According to a statement released by the Episcopal Church. “We appreciate your dedication to the struggle, JW.
The Tennessean’s Aria Gerson covers the Vanderbilt Commodores’ athletics. You can reach her at [email protected] or @aria person on Twitter.