Black History Month: DeAngelo Williams

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Black History Month: DeAngelo Williams

Kayt Houston, Reporter

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DeAngelo Chondon Williams, former football running back, was born April 25, 1983 in Little Rock, Ark. He went to the University of Memphis and played football while he was there. Williams married Risalyn Williams in 2016. Williams’ parents, Odell and Sandra Hill, have helped him through his life and his football career by supporting him financially and emotionally.

Williams was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Williams helped the Panthers to many wins with his speed and agility. Williams was released in the 2014 offseason, where he then went to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2015 to 2016. Williams went to the 2009 Pro Bowl and got selected for First-team All-American in 2005.  During his career, Williams obtained 8,096 rushing yards, 61 rushing touchdowns, 236 receptions, 2,106 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns.

Before Williams was drafted to the Carolina Panthers, he received heart-wrenching news about his mother Sandra Hill. Hill was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and battled the illness for ten years. Unfortunately, Hill passed away in May 2014.  Williams created a foundation in 2009 due to his mother and four aunts diagnoses with breast cancer. The DeAngelo WIlliams Foundation joined forces with Susan G. Komen in a new campaign extending the breast cancer fight beyond October.

The DeAngelo Williams Foundation with Komen participates in breast cancer education campaigns aimed at African-American women and raise funds for research to improve outcomes for women with breast cancer and find other programs to help. The DeAngelo Williams Foundation has raised $300,000 since 2009 for the Susan G. Komen Charlotte Affiliate due to the participation in the Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure. Williams wanted to help find a cure for women out there due to his loved ones passing.

“Pink is not a color – it’s a culture to me.”

– DeAngelo Williams