Marcus Williams is a professional American football player. He is a free safety for the New Orleans Saints and spots the number 43 jersey at the franchise. Even though Williams is only in his 2nd season in the NFL, he is already showing the prolific talent he has. He had a solid debut season with the Saints and as such, is definitely one of the rising stars to watch out for in the league. Get to know more about him here including his bio, parents, body stats, etc.
Marcus Williams Bio
Marcus Alan Williams was born on the 8th of September 1996 in Pomona, California. He grew up playing basketball and only fell in love with football after attending one of his brother’s games when he was just 7. Williams had his high school education at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Eastvale, California where he was a multi-sport athlete lettering in football, basketball, and track. He played both defensive and offensive positions while in high school.
In his senior year, he recorded 60 tackles, 6 interceptions (returned for 175 yards), one pass breakup and a forced fumble as a defensive back and 41 receptions for 924 yards and 9 touchdowns as a wide receiver. On the academic side, he was an outstanding student. Due to his combined athletic and academic prowess, Marcus Williams was courted by several colleges including the University of Washington and the University of California but he eventually picked the University of Utah.
At Utah, Williams continued his fine form; in three seasons at the school (2014 to 2016), and featuring in 37 games for them, he finished with 189 stops, four tackles for loss, 19 passes defended, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. As a senior, Williams was named a second-team Pro Football Focus All-American and a second-team All-Pac-12.
Marcus Williams entered the 2017 NFL draft and was picked in the 2nd round by the New Orleans Saints. He was the 42nd overall pick that year and the Saints locked him down on a four-year contract worth $6,240,000. Despite being a rookie, the Saints gave Williams the job of the starting safety and he did not disappoint them. He started all games in his rookie season and posted 70 tackles (56 solos), four interceptions, and six passes defended, helping the Saints qualify for the divisional playoffs.
The Corona native led all rookie safeties in terms of interceptions and also came in second amongst all rookie safeties in terms of total tackles and passes defended. Marcus Williams’ outstanding debut campaign was however marred by an event now known as the Minneapolis Miracle. The New Orleans Saints faced the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC divisional playoff game on the 14th of January 2018. Williams made some impressive contributions as the Saints led the Vikings by one point. However, with only 25 seconds left in the game, he missed a crucial tackle on Vikings wide receiver, Stefon Diggs and Diggs was able to make a 61-yard touchdown catch which eliminated the Saints from advancing to the NFC championship game.
Unsurprisingly, Williams’ costly mistake went viral and he became the subject of several hurtful memes on social media. However, rather than being deterred, Marcus Williams is determined to turn his nightmare into a motivation.
Marcus Williams’ Parents
Marcus Williams comes from a tight-knit family of six consisting of dad (Sylvester), mom (Franschell), and three elder brothers – Brian, Eric, and Jonathan. Williams credits his family for instilling and nurturing in him a competitive spirit. According to him, whatever game they played as a family, be it bowling, running, cards, or basketball, they always competed for who would emerge the winner.
The Williams are Jehovah’s Witnesses and as such, Marcus doesn’t indulge in many of the things that other young people would normally be caught doing such as smoking, drinking or cussing.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Marcus Williams is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs a modest 202 lb (91.6 kg). Due to the fact that he has a slim frame, he lacks the desired physicality necessary for making hard-hitting one-on-one tackles. But he makes up for it with his athletic traits, instincts, and outstanding ball skills. In all, Williams is a ball-hawking safety with the ability to recognize the quarterback’s true intentions even before they make the throw and thus thwart them. His arm length is 32 1⁄2 in (0.83 m) and his hand size, 9 1⁄2 in (0.24 m).