Every athlete has a story that leads them to where they are today. Just ask Wendall Williams, an NAIA Wide Receiver from University of the Cumberlands. Nobody really knew who he was until his name started buzzing on social media after posting an unofficial 4.19 40 yard dash at the regional combine in Minnesota.
After graduating from Bishop Ludden High School in Syracuse in 2008, Williams found himself at Morrisville State College due to his academics. Williams quoted himself as “being a knucklehead” and took full responsibility for his actions at the time following academic dismissal. At one point in his life Williams was driving a delivery truck. Though times got hard, the talented Williams never gave up as he soon became a track star at Herkimer Community College before transferring to his final destination, University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky, where he would play football again in 2014. Despite only touching the ball 104 times in 2 seasons, the speedy Williams still managed to score 20 touchdowns. In 2015, Williams put on a clinic winning the National Championship in track & field while competing in the long jump.
People will argue that the level of competition in which Williams competed in was low but there’s no question Williams has the tools necessary to compete at the next level. Look at how far he’s come. Hours after his combine performance Williams couldn’t get any sleep because so many teams were contacting him interested in his abilities. Despite not being drafted, Williams was immediately brought in by the Houston Texans. Now it’s small school Wendall Williams playing alongside NFL standouts like Deandre Hopkins and newly drafted targets Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. Whether it’s a role as a special teams player or a slot receiver Williams will make an impact should he make the team.