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Sylvester Williams Meets With Current Ravens

February 10, 2014

Sylvester Williams addresses current Raven players during a visit to the Dick Foster Athletic Complex on Friday.

Sylvester Williams addresses current Raven players during a visit to the Dick Foster Athletic Complex on Friday.

Fresh off an appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII, former Coffeyville Red Raven and current Denver Bronco Sylvester Williams met with current Raven players this past Friday. Williams spoke with the team for several minutes at the Dick Foster Athletic Complex.

Williams' story is one that should provide some inspiration to current Ravens. Williams played just one year of high school football at Jefferson City (Mo.) High School. After graduation, Williams went to work at a factory building radiators before deciding to give college football a shot.

Williams walked on to the Ravens 2009 team and would received honorable mention All-Jayhawk Conference accolades as a defensive tackle following  a season where he recorded 39 tackles and five sacks in ten games.

The following season as a sophomore, Williams was a first team all-conference selection and an honorable mention NJCAA All-American. Williams had 49 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, four blocked kicks, a forced fumble and two sacks his sophomore season for the Ravens.

Williams went on to star for the University of North Carolina his junior and senior seasons and was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos in the 2013 NFL draft.

Williams saw action in 13 regular season games in his rookie season, compiling 19 tackles and two sacks. Williams started the final four games of the regular season and both playoff games the Broncos won on their way to the AFC championship and a Super Bowl berth.

From building radiators to appearing in a Super Bowl, it has been a meteoric rise for Williams in five short years.

Williams stayed in Coffeyville on Saturday and attended the Ravens basketball games that night. During halftime of the men's game with Cowley, Williams addressed the crowd and he mentioned how appreciative he was of the support he received when he was a member of the Red Ravens.

Williams will now have a few months to recuperate and get ready for the 2014 NFL season with the Broncos who once again should be in the hunt for a Super Bowl title.