MTR Extra: Trevardo Williams learns football
Meet the Rookies is a 10-part television/web series that takes you off the field and into the lives of the newest additions to the Houston Texans. Find out who the Texans draft picks are, not just as players, but as people.
Trevardo Williams, OLB, UConn
6-1, 241, Fourth-round (124)
1. Williams is from Jamaica. He moved to the United State in 1999 (he was 9) and ended up playing high school football in Connecticut.
2. He said he didn’t know football existed before moving to the United States. There was only soccer. He didn’t play real football until his freshman year of high school.
3. He was also a great track athlete. His fastest 100-yard dash time was 10.58. “That’s when I was skinnier,” he said.
4. Williams is fascinated by the history of football. He loves learning about it.
5. Williams thought about giving up football during his sophomore season in high school but was convinced by one coach to stay on the team.
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6. He’ll be an outside linebacker with the Texans but he was a defensive lineman with UConn and posted the fastest 40-yard dash time (4.57) of any defensive lineman at the NFL Combine.
7. He was a first-team selection on the All-Big East team in 2012.
8. Williams said the death of college teammate Jasper Howard, who was killed during a fight in 2009, put football and life in perspective for him.
9. Williams had a team-high 11.5 sacks in 2012 on his way to an All-Big East First Team selection.
10. Growing up in Jamaica, he said his life was spent mostly outside and he had a “care-free lifestyle.”