|2004 Det (14/11)|
|2005 Det (13/12)|
|2006 Det (16/16)|
|2007 Det (5/5)|
PRO: Williams emerged as one of the NFL’s elite receivers in 2006 as the Lions No. 1 receiving threat. Williams played for the NFC squad in the 2007 Pro Bowl squad on January 12, 2007, marking his first career Pro Bowl selection, and he became the first wide receiver to represent Detroit in the annual all-star game since Herman Moore played in the 1999 Pro Bowl. His size, speed and strength have been an asset to the Lions during his first three seasons after the team selected him with one of their first round selections, seventh overall, in the 2004 draft. He is a gift pass catcher with one of the best pair of hands in the league. Williams’ 181 receptions and 2,814 receiving yards are the most by a Lions’ receiver in franchise history during the player’s first three NFL seasons. His 23 touchdowns are second only to Cloyce Box (30, 1949-52) among Lions’ receivers in their first three seasons. A highly regarded prospect coming out of college at Texas, Williams set several Lions rookie records in 2004, including receptions (54), yards (817) and touchdowns (8). He won numerous accolades during his inaugural season, including NFC Rookie of the Month for September.
• Pro Bowls: 2007
• Involved in Lions promotion of NFL’s “What Moves U” initiative with American Heart Association to help battle child obesity.
• Took part in a special event hosted by PGA of America where the Lions teamed up with Think Detroit PAL golf program to provide free golf lesson to the Lions’ players and youngsters.
• Participated in the annual Lions Bocce Ball Tournament that raised over $100,000 for Detroit Lions Charities.
• Participated in 17th annual Detroit Lions Invitational golf outing that raised more than $100,000 for Detroit Lions Charities.
• Williams played a role in the movie Friday Night Lights, which is based on a book that portrays a football season at his high school (Odessa Permian). His older brother, Lloyd Hill, was on the team that the book was written about. The movie, which stars Billy Bob Thornton, is set for release later this year. Williams’ role in the movie is as an assistant coach of Permian’s rival high school (Midland Lee) and he has one line-“He ain’t going to play, Coach.”
• Grew up as a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, RB Herschel Walker and WR Jerry Rice.
• Enjoys watching Cheaters.
• Is a huge proponent of having a visor on his helmet at all times, stating that a “uniform is not complete without one.”
• In his spare time Williams watches movies, plays video games and poker.
• An avid bowler, his best game is listed at 257. He competed in ESPN’s Bowling Night competition during 2006 offseason.
• Plans to return to his high school alma mater of Odessa Permian in the hopes of becoming the first African American head coach of the team.
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2007: Williams is second in the NFC (sixth in NFL) with 424 receiving yards.
• Williams started at wide receiver at Oakland (9/9), catching four passes for 20 yards and a touchdown. With his four receptions, he moved into 18th place on the Lions career reception list.
• Against Minnesota (9/16), Williams started as one of four wide receivers and caught seven passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. He had a rush of nine yards in the second quarter, the longest rush of his career. With his second touchdown reception of the season, Williams has now caught a touchdown in four consecutive games. The last Lions wide receiver to have four consecutive games with a touchdown reception was Germaine Crowell in 1999. Williams’ team-high 111 receiving yards gives him 11 100 yard receiving games on his career.
• Williams’ set a new career high with 204 receiving yards at Philadelphia (9/23), and he became just the third player (fourth time) in franchise history to record 200 yards receiving in a single game. It ranks as the third-highest single game tally in team history and the most since Richard Johnson garnered 248 yards vs. New Orleans December 3, 1989. His 204 yards receiving is the third highest single-game total in the NFL this season.
• His 204-yard outing at Philadelphia (9/23) marked the 12th time in his career (second of the season) he surpassed 100 receiving yards in a game during his career. He is currently tied with Gail Cogdill (12, 1960-68) on the team’s all-time list for most 100-yard receiving outings.
• Among his receptions at Philadelphia included a 54-yard reception (third-longest of career) and a career-long 91-yard touchdown catch. The 91-yarder was the eighth pass play in team history to go for over 90 yards and the longest since QB Charlie Batch hit WR Johnnie Morton for a 98-yard TD at Chicago (10/4/98).
• Williams’ 91-yard TD at Philadelphia was his 26th touchdown reception of his career, placing him in a tie for eighth place on the Lions’ all-time career touchdown receptions list. It also was the fifth-straight game Williams caught a touchdown pass in a game, the longest streak since Herman Moore caught TD passes in six-straight games in 1994.
• His nine receptions at Philadelphia are a season high, and it was the fourth time in his career he caught nine passes in a game.
• His first catch of the game, a 54-yard reception, put him over 3,000 yards receiving for his career.
• Williams is the first Lions receiver in 43 years to have two receptions of 50 or more yards in the same game. The last Lion to do it was WR James Gibbons on 12/13/64 vs. San Francisco. Gibbons had catches of 82 and 64 yards, both going for touchdowns in a 24-7 Detroit victory at Tiger Stadium.
• Williams is the first Lion to have two plays for more than 50 yards each from scrimmage in a game since Barry Sanders on 10/12/97 against Tampa Bay. He had touchdown runs of 82 and 80 yards.
• Williams made six receptions for 53 yards against Chicago (9/30).
• At Washington (10/7), Williams made three catches for 36 yards.
2006: Williams finished the season tied for third in the NFL (first in the NFC) in receiving yards (1,310) and tied for 16th in the NFL (ninth in the NFC) in receptions with 82, both career-highs. His 1,310 receiving yards rank fourth in Lions history for most receiving yards in a single season and are the most since Germane Crowell (1,338) in 1999. By reaching 1,300 yards, Williams became only the fourth player in team history to accomplish the feat.
• For his performances, Williams was added to the 2007 NFC Pro Bowl squad, making him the first Lions’ wide receiver to play in the league’s all-star game since WR Herman Moore played in the 1999 Pro Bowl.
• Williams’ 16.0 yards per reception was the highest in the NFL among receivers with at least 65 receptions.
• Led the NFL with 24 receptions of 20+ yards.
• Recorded at least 135 yards receiving in an NFL-best four games, also becoming the first Lions receiver in team history to record four games in a single season to record at least 135 yards.
• Tied with Colts WR Marvin Harrison for an NFL-best six 100-yard receiving games.
• Teamed with Mike Furrey to become one of only three WR duos in the NFL to each register 80 receptions and 1,000 yards, and were the first Lions duo to do so since Germane Crowell and Johnnie Morton in 1999.
• Their combined 180 receptions were the second-most by a WR tandem in the NFL in 2006, and were the most since Herman Moore (104) and Morton (80) in 1997.
• His 82 receptions tie him for sixth all-time in team history.
• Marked only the fifth time in team history that two Lions’ WR each caught 80 passes in the same season.
• His 719 yards in the season’s first eight games were the most by a Lions receiver since WR Herman Moore had 804 through the first eight games of the 1997 season. Williams’ 44 receptions at the midpoint of the season were the most since Moore had 45 through eight games during the 1998 season.
• In Week 2 at Chicago (9/17), he caught six balls for 71 yards (11.8 avg).
• Led the team against Green Bay (9/24) with seven grabs for a single-game career-high 138 yards (19.7 avg.) with a long of 42 yards and one touchdown.
• Williams' 19.7 yards per catch average against Green Bay (9/24) was the highest of his career in games where he has recorded at least five receptions.
• Led the team for the third consecutive week in receiving at St. Louis (10/1) and set a new single-game best in receiving yards for the second consecutive week with 139 yards (15.4 avg) on nine catches.
• With his accomplishment against the Rams, Williams recorded his first back-to-back 100-yard receiving games in his career, became the first Lions WR to record the feat since Johnnie Morton in 2001 (111 yards on 9/9/01 at GB and 100 yards on 9/23/01at Cle) and produced the most yards by a WR (277 yards) in two-straight games since Germane Crowell’s total (305 yards) against St. Louis (163 yards on 11/7/99) and at Arizona (142 yards on 11/14/99).
• Left the game with a neck stinger after catching one pass for 7 yards at Minnesota (10/8) on the team’s opening possession.
• Returned from a neck injury and caught 10 passes for 161 yards, both single-game career highs, and scored on a 28-yard touchdown pass from QB Jon Kitna in the Lions 20-17 win over the Buffalo Bills (10/15). His accomplishments marked the first time in his career he has registered 10 receptions in a game and the first by a Lion since FB Cory Schlesinger caught 11 passes vs. Chicago 12/30/01. They were the most by a Lions wide receiver since Johnnie Morton had 10 at Minnesota 1/2/00.
• Williams' 161 yards were the most by a Lions receiver since Germane Crowell collected 163 yards vs. St. Louis 11/7/99. It was Williams seventh career 100-yard receiving game and the third of the 2006 season.
• Caught his third receiving touchdown of the season at the New York Jets (10/22), splitting two defenders en route to a 22-yard strike from QB Jon Kitna.
• Made a career-long catch of 60 yards for a touchdown as a part of his team-leading six catches for 138 yards vs. Atlanta (11/5). With his touchdown reception against the Falcons, Williams set a new career-high with three touchdown receptions in three games.
• Had five receptions for 81 yards (16.2 avg) with a long catch of 22 yards vs. San Francisco (11/12).
• Attempted his first rush of the year on a wide receiver reverse that gained 2 yards and also caught five balls for 67 yards (13.4 avg) at Arizona (11/19).
• Exploded in the first quarter vs. Miami (11/23) with five immediate catches for 110 yards and would finish the game with six catches for 126 yards (21.0 avg) with a long catch of 41 yards.
• Caught his fifth receiving touchdown of the season, along with six catches for 79 yards (13.2 avg) with a long catch of 26 yards vs. Chicago (12/24). Williams surpassed the 1,200-yard mark in the game and became the since Lions receiver since WR Germane Crowell in 1999 (1.338) to record 1,200 yards in a season.
• Hauled in six passes for 104 yards (17.3 avg) and two touchdowns at Dallas (12/31), marking his fifth-career multi-touchdown game.
2005: Finished the 2005 season second in receptions (45), first in receiving yards (687) and first in average per catch (15.3).
• Scored the Lions’ lone touchdown of the game vs. Chicago (9/18), a 51-yard catch from QB Joey Harrington.
• Led the team in receptions against Tampa Bay (10/2) with 3 catches for 54 yards.
• Had 2 receptions for 24 yards before leaving the game early vs. Baltimore (10/9) due to injury.
• Inactive vs. Carolina (10/16), at Cleveland (10/23) and vs. Chicago (10/30) due to a quadriceps injury sustained against Baltimore.
• Caught 3 touchdowns (7, 21 and 29 yards) and grabbed 7 receptions for 117 yards (16.7 avg), all season-highs, Arizona (11/13). His 3 touchdown receptions marked his first career game with 3 touchdowns. It was his third career 100-yard receiving outing and his fourth career multi-touchdown game.
• Had a key 30-yard reception to help set up a RB Kevin Jones 2-yard touchdown run at Dallas (11/20). Three of his five receptions were for first downs.
• Recorded his sixth touchdown of the season at Green Bay (12/11), a 4-yard pass from QB Jeff Garcia. Also had a 40-yard reception in the fourth quarter to help put the Lions in the red zone.
• Had his seventh touchdown of the season against Cincinnati (12/18), a 5-yard grab from QB Jeff Garcia.
• All four of his receptions came in the fourth quarter and were for first downs at New Orleans (12/24). His 49-yard catch on the Lions first series in the fourth quarter helped set up a Detroit field goal and give the Lions a 10-9 lead. With 0:37 remaining on the clock on fourth-and-17, he leapt for a QB Joey Harrington 40-yard pass and worked his way out of bounds to stop the clock. He followed up with a 15-yard reception a few plays later which allowed K Jason Hanson to boot the game-winning 39-yard field goal.
• Tied his touchdown mark from his rookie season (8) with a 15-yard touchdown reception at Pittsburgh (1/1). His other 2 receptions were for first downs.
2004: Set Lions rookie receiving records in receptions (54), yards (817) and touchdowns (8).
• By leading the Lions in rushing yards and receptions, Williams and Kevin Jones became the first rookies to lead the team in those two categories since Mel Farr accomplished the feat individually in 1967.
• Named NFC Rookie of the Month for September after recording 17 receptions for 277 yards and four touchdowns through his first three games.
• Led all receivers with four catches for 69 yards, including an amazing 27-yard, one-handed juggling reception in the season-opener at Chicago (9/12). The play was selected by fans as the Play-of-the-Week on ESPN.com.
• Named the Pepsi Rookie of the Week after he scored his first two career touchdowns on four catches for 73 yards vs. Houston (9/19). His second touchdown on the day, a 14-yarder, garnered him the Levitra Play of the Week award for Week 2.
• Scored two touchdowns on nine receptions for 135 yards, including four passes for 63 yards on the Lions first scoring drive, becoming the first rookie Lion to have a 100-yard receiving game since Larry Foster in 2000 and the first Lion since David Hill (1976) to score multiple touchdowns in two games during his rookie year.
• Caught three passes at Atlanta (10/10) before sustaining an ankle injury in the third quarter.
• Broke the Lions rookie receiving record in yards and touchdowns with 104 yards and two touchdowns vs. Minnesota (12/19).
• Caught a 26-yard pass at the one-yard line to set up a touchdown vs. Chicago (12/26).
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|• Claimed All-State honors in both football and track as a junior and senior at Permian (Odessa, Texas) High.
• Also returned kicks and played safety and set 20 school records in high school.
• Earned three letters in both basketball and track.
• Single-handedly led his team to a fourth-place finish at the 2000 Texas 5A state track meet after he won the long jump with a state-record leap of 25-6, was second in the high jump (6-10) and finished third in the 100 meters (10.48) to tally all of Permian’s 24 points at that meet.
• Three-time first-team All-District performer in basketball.
• Member of the AB Honor Roll all four years of high school.
• Nicknamed “Roy Dell”.
• Teammate of Lions DT Shaun Rogers, DE Cory Redding and CB Rod Babers at Texas.
• Has volunteered time reading to elementary school children and as a coach at the Boys and Girls Club.
• Williams has football in his bloodlines as his brother, Lloyd Hill, was a two-time All-SWC receiver at Texas Tech from 1990-93, the Red Raiders’ all-time leading receiver and led the NCAA in receptions in 1992.
• Plays the guitar, saxophone and piano.
• Born as Roy Eugene Williams Jr., on 12/20/81 in Odessa, Texas.
|• Started 40 contests during his career, and shattered school career-records with 241 receptions for 3,866 yards (16.0 avg) and 36 touchdowns.
• Demonstrated productivity carrying the ball with 243 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carriers (15.2 avg).
• All-American Dream Team second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s top receiver) and an All-Big 12 Conference second-team choice as a senior.
• The only player in school history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving in a season twice in a career.
• All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection, a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and was named the team’s Co-Offensive Most Valuable Player as a junior.
• Named MVP of the Cotton Bowl against Louisiana State as he had his fifth-straight 100-yard game, tallying 142 yards on four receptions with a 51-yard score. He also set up another touchdown on a 75-yard catch and scored on a 39-yard reverse.
• All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection after starting every game at split end as a sophomore.
• Second-team Freshman All-American choice by The Sporting News, third-team All-Big 12 Conference and Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.
• Named the team’s Outstanding Offensive Newcomer after playing in 11 games, starting the final six contests at split end as a freshman.
• Ranked first nationally among true freshman wide receivers in receiving yards, yards per game (73.5), yards per catch and touchdowns.