How Fayetteville's Joshua Williams can make history with Kansas City Chiefs at Super Bowl
Fayetteville native Joshua Williams will end his first NFL season with the Kansas City Chiefs at Super Bowl LVII against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
The Fayetteville State and Jack Britt High football alum rocks jersey No. 23 as a defensive back for the Chiefs (14-3), who will face Philadelphia (14-3) at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (6:30 p.m., FOX).
Here are some things to know about Williams ahead of the big game.
Williams can make history
If the Chiefs raise the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday, Williams will become the seventh player from Fayetteville to be on a Super Bowl-winning roster.
He would be the first Jack Britt alum to be a Super Bowl champion.
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Terry Sanford alum Dwayne Allen was the last player with Fayetteville ties to win in the big game. Allen was a member of the New England Patriots in 2019 when the Pats earned a 13-3 victory against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Pine Forest’s Jeff McCall (Oakland, 1984), Terry Sanford’s Tim Morrison (Washington, 1988), Seventy-First’s Harry Sydney (San Francisco, 1989-90), Douglas Byrd’s Brad Edwards (Washington, 1992) and E.E. Smith’s Russell Davis (New York Giants, 2008) round out Fayetteville’s Super Bowl champions.
Looking at the stats
Williams has two interceptions, nine pass breakups and 33 solo tackles through 19 games.
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In the AFC Championship Game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the 23-year-old cornerback had the first tackle and the last tackle of the game. He snagged an interception in the fourth quarter and finished with five solo tackles, playing 89% of the defensive snaps.
His other interception came in the end zone against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7.
From Fayetteville State to the NFL
A two-year starter at Fayetteville State, Williams had 24 pass breakups over his last 20 games with the Broncos. In his final season at FSU, Williams had nine pass breakups and three interceptions to earn all-conference honors.
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The Chiefs selected Williams with the 135th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He was the first Fayetteville State player to be drafted in nearly 50 years.
Williams is joined on the list by James Godwin, an FSU Hall of Famer, who was taken in the 16th round of the 1976 NFL Draft.
A star at Jack Britt
Williams was a two-sport star during his time at Jack Britt, thriving on the football field and the track to earn athlete of the year honors as a senior in 2017.
In the 2016 season, Williams had three catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver. Defensively, he logged 31 tackles. The following spring, Williams set a school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.65 seconds.
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This article originally appeared on The Fayetteville Observer: Super Bowl 2023: Things to know about Kansas City Chiefs' Joshua Williams