Williams Selected By St. Louis Rams
April 30, 2011
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Garrison, Texas native Jabara Williams was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft Saturday evening. Williams becomes the second Lumberjack in the past three seasons to be taken in the NFL draft.
"I'm so very happy for Jabara and his family," said head coach J.C. Harper. "He is a local product who came to SFA, bought into our system and it has paid off for him. He came here to get an education and win championships. He is leaving here with an education, two championships and now an opportunity to pursue a career in the NFL. I'm proud of him, and what he has been able to accomplish here at SFA.
"I believe it is a testament to our program, the athletics department and the strength and conditioning staff here at SFA. Jabara came in and worked very hard from the day he got here. Defensive coordinator David Gibbs has worked with him, and helped him become one of the top defensive players in the country."
A two-time All-America selection, Williams closed out his career earning Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. A three-time first-team All-Southland Conference selection, Williams was once again named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, an honor given to the top defensive player at the FCS level every year.
Following a freshman campaign that saw him start both as a linebacker and running back, Williams went on to lead the SLC in tackles in 2008. He wraps up his career at SFA with more than 400 career tackles, while leading SFA to back-to-back conference titles for the first time in school history.
It marks the third consecutive season that SFA has either had a player drafted, or sign a free agent contract with an NFL franchise. All-American receiver Dominique Edison was taken in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL draft, while last season receivers Contrevious Parks and Aaron Rhea, and defensive end Tim Knicky each signed free agent deals.