Deangelo Williams is one of the most famous running backs in the NFL. He is best known for his 9-year stint with the Carolina Panthers. For one year, between 2015 and 2016, he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After that, he had a short 3-month career in professional wrestling. Since 2018 Williams is a freelancer. Here you will find everything you need to know about the career and private life of Deangelo.
Deangelo Williams Biography (Age and other Background Details)
DeAngelo Chondon Williams was born on 25 April 1983 in Wynne, Arkansas. He attended Wynne High School in Wynne, Arkansas, where his athletic abilities were immediately apparent. Williams quickly developed into a football star and also excelled in athletics.
In 2000, he was inducted into the Arkansas All-State Team. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named him offensive player of the year in 2001, and in the same year, he was voted Arkansas Super Team by Associated Press. All these accolades and more have made Williams one of the best running backs in the state of Arkansas.
A broken foot in his second year threatened to end his career abruptly, but Williams stood up again. In 2004 he led his team for the first time in the history of the Arkansas State 4A Championship.
In athletics, Williams was no less successful and advanced to letterman. He led his school to second place in the overall standings at the 2001 State Championship. Williams became one of the fastest men in Arkansas and at the time of writing this article still holds the state record for the 100 m race with a time of 10.81 seconds.
When college time came, Williams, who had his name among the state’s top prospects, was recruited by three schools – the universities of Iowa, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Later, however, he chose the Memphis Tigers football team from the University of Memphis. In college, Williams left athletics behind to concentrate on football.
Throughout his college years, he made a strong impression and received numerous awards. For three consecutive years, he was named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year. He was included in several All-America selections and was a finalist for the coveted Doak Walker Award in 2005.
Williams took part in the 2006 NFL Draft and was originally considered one of the top 10, but most teams chose the free representation option when choosing their running back, so Williams was later voted 27th overall by the Carolina Panthers. After almost a decade with the team, Williams left the team in March 2015 and joined the Pittsburgh Steelers with a two-year contract that expired in 2016.
A huge fan of professional wrestling, Williams made his debut in April 2017. His first Slammiversary XV match was a tag-team match, where his performance received rave reviews. He retired from wrestling in July 2017.
Williams has earned many millions by playing football. One of the highlights of his footballing career came in 2011 when he signed a five-year $43 million contract extension with a $23 million guarantee. As part of this huge deal, he made Forbes 2012 the highest-paid athletes on the list, with revenues of around $20 million, $150,000 of which came from his sponsorship contracts. His contract with the Steelers was worth $4 million. Deangelo Williams’ net worth was estimated at $15 to $20 million.
His Wife and Family
Deangelo was born the son of parents Sandra Hill and Odell Hill. His mother Sandra was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, and after a 10-year struggle, she died in May 2014. Unfortunately, four of Deangelo’s aunts were also diagnosed with breast cancer. The NFL star is now dedicating his time to educating about the disease while supporting those who live with it.
Williams is married to his college sweetheart, Risalyn Burzynski. They have three children together, including a son and two daughters. Although they have been together since college and raised three children afterward, Deangelo and Risalyn did not marry until July 2016.
Their Walking Dead wedding took place at the Peabody in Memphis, Tennessee. Williams, a big fan of the AMC horror series, and his bride and bridesmaid and best man were dressed as zombies for the party.
Before the design, Deangelo Williams’ height was measured at 175 cm (5 feet 9 inches). His height fell below the standard for an NFL running back, forcing scouts to doubt his potential. Nonetheless, Williams impressed the scouts with his performance during the training week and received rave reviews. His weight is 94 kg, which is 207 lbs.