By Aaron Randolph
Dom Williams is now working with a non-profit called Steer Straight since his playing days with football is coming to an end.
Dom has excelled at the game of football since he was six years old. Williams attended Bridgeton High School in Bridgeton, New Jersey. He was a three-sport athlete in high school playing football, running track and shot put. He was an indoor state champion playing shot put. He also finished third in the state championship his senior year in high school. Williams spent some time at Milford Academy, a post-graduate program for football players and other athletes who do not have the adequate GPA and SAT scores to attend a four-year university. While attending Milford Academy Williams drew the attention of some college scouts. He worked his way up to a partial scholarship from Wagner College.
Williams played college football at Wagner College in Staten Island New York. During his college career, Williams was a standout football player. During his freshman year, Williams rushed for over 600 yards and nine touchdowns. His sophomore season was cut short due to injury. In 2011, coming off an injury, Williams rushed for over 1,300 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. As for his senior season, Williams rushed for 1,127 yards and 13 touchdowns. He finished his college career ranking third in the school's history in rushing yards and scoring. Williams rushed for 42 touchdowns and fourth in NEC history with all-purpose yards with 5,444.
Williams signed as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings in May of 2014. His rookie year he played with the Minnesota Vikings up until his release. After being released from the Vikings he was picked up by the Arizona Cardinals. Although his stints with the Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, and the New York Jets was cut short due to injury, Williams was productive when he was on the field. During a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys, Williams rushed for a three-yard touchdown and rushed for five to six yards a carry. The Minnesota Vikings went on to win the game 28-14. Williams discussed how it was playing for coach Zimmer and coach Bowles. “It was a great learning experience playing for coach Bowles because I was able to learn more about the defense that helped me as an offensive player. Playing for coach Bowles and Zimmer was a privilege and I learn so much more about football playing for both of those guys.” After his release from the Jets Williams received a call from the Calgary Stampeders. He would find himself being the starting running back up until his injury this past June. Williams tore his ACL. Since then he’s been rehabbing and coaching high school football. Dom talked about his experience coaching football. “It’s good, I like teaching, giving back and helping people in my area and it gives me the experience to see who I was as a kid.”
Williams is on a path of giving back and making sure kids have a positive outlet. Just recently he’s been working with a non-profit called Steered Straight. He works as a motivational speaker talking to kids about chasing their dreams, bullying, being themselves. His work for Steered Straight comes about because Dom Williams is a person who has overcome various obstacles to achieve his goal of play professional football. He has always had a passion for giving back to others.
As for the future, Dom has a documentary that he wants to put together. He also is working on some acting projects as well along with his non-profit work. Williams also plans on opening his own gym called X-Pro Fitness. The goal of the gym is to help train kids and adults on personal fitness. He plans to open it up in the South Jersey area. Dom discussed his motivation for opening his own gym. “I love working out and it’s a good way for me to help people with their physical and mental fitness. “It’s also going to allow me to help kids and adult with life in general.”
Dom has one piece of advice for current football players and athletes “Never think that you're untouchable and injury is inevitable. Use football as a platform and a momentum for the rest of your life."
About Aaron Randolph, Contributing Sports Writer
Aaron Randolph was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia. He is a recent Class of 2018 Media Studies and Production graduate from Temple University. Aaron has always had a passion for media and sports production, as well as film production. He is currently an intern for Fox 29 News and producer for a media company called MyNewPhilly. As he progresses throughout his career, he hopes to build a community center for at risk youth and women who have been victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
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