Catching Up With Former WR Derrick Williams

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Although it would prove to be inconsequential in Penn State’s 31-10 romping of Notre Dame in 2007, Derrick Williams’ 78-yard first quarter touchdown return is one of my favorite moments in the decade I’ve been watching Penn State football. The only other time I’ve ever experienced a more dynamic Beaver Stadium was at the now-mythical 2005 Ohio State game.

Williams would go on to play two season in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. But now, according to a recent interview with WTAJ, Williams is calling it quits on a pro career and moving back close to Happy Valley in the hopes of becoming a football analyst for Penn State.

“I still love the game, and I know the game,” says Williams, who is now living less than an hour away in Hollidaysburg. “I know it like the back of my hand.  I can close my eyes and tell it from a player’s point of view.”

Williams also said that if he were making his college decision today, even with the sanctions, he would pick Penn State again.

“With everything that happened, I don’t think the kids should be punished for one person’s crazy time,” Williams said. “Us as alumni want to see the best for our team.”

To watch the interview, check out WTAJ’s feature.

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Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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