Former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmy Williams passed away on Friday, July 8, 2022 at the age of 43.
The 49ers mourn the passing of alumni Jimmy Williams. Our organization sends its condolences to his wife, Chandra, and the entire Williams family. San Francisco 49ers
Originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 2001 NFL Draft, Williams played his first four seasons in the NFL with San Francisco where he registered 88 total tackles, six passes defended and an interception. Williams also notched 1,030 kick return yards, 576 punt return yards and one touchdown during that span. In 2002, he led the league with 16.8 yards per punt return.
Williams joined the Seattle Seahawks in 2005 and played his last two seasons in Seattle, where he was a special teams captain. During his time in Seattle, he played in Super Bowl XL against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He retired in 2006, finishing his career with 151 tackles, three interceptions and 13 pass breakups. That same year, Williams was inducted into the hall of fame at Baton Rouge Episcopal, his high school alma mater. He returned to Episcopal in 2011 as a teacher and coach and most recently served as defensive coordinator and assistant athletics director.
Born Jimmy Ray Williams in Baton Rouge, LA, he attended Vanderbilt University where he played for the Commodores from 1997 through 2000. In 2013, Williams was named an SEC Football Legend and is one of three Vanderbilt players to have both a punt and kick return touchdown.