Former Texas A&M cornerback Brandon Williams was coached in track and field by one of the sport’s all-time greats, but never realized it.
Williams, who was drafted in the third round by the Arizona Cardinals last month, was a member of the CL Stars Track Club in his youth days while competing in the 200-meter dash and 4×200 meter relay. Little did he know at the time that the club was run by nine-time Olympic gold medalist, Carl Lewis.
“I was young then, so I didn’t really understand or realize how big of an icon he was in track,” Williams told ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss. “Now, looking back, I was blessed to be able to be coached by him.”
Williams won the Texas Class 3A state title in the 200-meter as a senior at Royal High School (Brookshire, Texas), and translated that speed to the football field where he signed with Oklahoma as one of the top recruits Class of 2011. Williams eventually transferred to Texas A&M and moved to the secondary while in College Station.
Despite having limited experience at the position, Williams used the athleticism fostered by Lewis to become a mid-round draft pick. Now, Williams will have a chance to develop his obvious talent at the professional level.