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Roy Eugene Williams, Jr. (born December 20, 1981) is an American football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions 7th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at The University of Texas.

Early years

College career

Arriving at Austinmarker, Williams and freshmen receivers BJ Johnson and Sloan Thomas were touted as the most talented group of receivers in school history. He started in 2 games for the Longhorns and had 24 receptions for 186 yards (7.7 avg.) and 15 touchdowns while playing for The University of Texas.

NFL career

2004 NFL Draft

Williams was drafted 7th overall in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Many draft experts considered the pick a bold move since they had drafted Charles Rogers with the 2nd overall pick the year before.

Pre-draft measureables
Wt 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
212 lb* 4.37 & 4.42 (Combine), 4.36 (Pro Day) 3.97 (Combine) 3.94 (Pro Day) 6.75 (Combine) 6.72 (Pro Day) 39.5 in* 9 17

Detroit Lions

Rogers and Williams were set to become one of the best receiving duos in the league, but when Rogers was hurt on the third play of the 2004 season, Williams was left to carry the offense. He performed admirably, catching 54 passes for 817 yards and 8 touchdowns, despite suffering an ankle injury midway through the season that limited his effectiveness. The team performed terribly and spent their first round draft pick (10th overall) on yet another receiver, this time USCmarker star Mike Williams. Roy Williams had a productive year for the 2006 Lions, having 1,310 yards and 7 touchdowns. The 1,310 were the most in the NFC; and tied with Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne for 3rd most in the NFL. Roy Williams and teammate Mike Furrey caught more passes (178) than any other duo in the NFC. Williams was named an alternate for the 2007 Pro Bowl. When Torry Holt withdrew due to injury, Williams was named to the active squad. He was the first Detroit wide receiver to make the Pro Bowl since 1998 (Herman Moore).

Dallas Cowboys

Williams was traded to the Dallas Cowboys on October 14, 2008 for first, third and sixth round picks in the 2009 NFL Draft (the Cowboys also received a seventh round pick from the Lions in the 2010 draft). He was then signed to a new contract through the 2014 season; Roy Williams agreed to a 6 year, $54 million contract, along with $26 million guaranteed. In his first season with the Cowboys, Williams started seven games, caught 19 passes for 198 yards and one touchdown.


Williams played a small role in the 2004 sports film Friday Night Lights (his older brother was on the team the movie was based on). Ironically, Williams played the role of an assistant coach for Robert E. Lee High School, which is Permian's biggest rival. His one spoken line in the film is "He ain’t going to play."


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