Kevin Williams (wide receiver)
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|Date of birth:||January 25, 1971|
|Place of birth:||Dallas, Texas|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school:||Franklin D. Roosevelt (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46|
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Kevin Ray Williams (born January 25, 1971) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers. He played college football at the University of Miami.
In 1991 he was the Big East special teams player of the year and received first-team All-American and All-Big East honors, after setting the conference record with 3 punts returned for touchdowns. In 1992 injuries made him slip to second-team All-Big East.
In the 1993 NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys traded their first-round draft choice (#29-George Teague) and fourth-round pick (#112-Al Fontenot) to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for two second-round picks (#46 and #54-Darrin Smith) and a fourth-round draft choice (#94-Derrick Lassic). The Cowboys selected Williams with their first choice in the second round.
His best moment as a rookie came in the infamous Leon Lett Thanksgiving game against the Miami Dolphins, where he scored all of the team's points (except the conversions) on a 4-yard reception and a 64-yard punt return.
After the departure of Alvin Harper in 1995, he received the opportunity as the starting wide receiver opposite to Michael Irvin, but never became the consistent big play compliment that was expected from him. That season against the Arizona Cardinals, he had the sixth best single game receiving total in franchise history at that time, with 203 yards, and added two touchdown receptions of 25 and 48 yards.
In 1996, a foot injury suffered in a 10-7 loss against the Buffalo Bills, limited him to only 10 games. The next year he decided to leave the team via free agency, after Anthony Miller was signed to take over the second receiver role.
Williams speed and return abilities were always valued during his time with the Cowboys, setting the franchise career records for number of kickoff returns (144), number of combined returns (239) and kickoff return yards (3,4616) in just four seasons.
He was the first player in team history to score off a kickoff and punt return in the same season. Also the first player to score touchdowns on punt returns (3), kickoff (1), receiving (5) and rushing (2).
In 1997, he signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals, where he played special teams and was a backup wide receiver. His 59 kickoff returns for 1,458 yards set a team single season record and he also set a team record against the Atlanta Falcons with 207 kickoff return yards in a game. His biggest offensive contribution came in week 15 versus the New Orleans Saints where he racked up 54 receiving yards on four catches.
San Francisco 49ers
Williams ended his 8-year career with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000. He finished with 178 receptions for 2,314 yards and 7 touchdowns, 167 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, 7,309 kickoff return yards with 1 touchdown and 2,295 yards and 3 touchdowns on punt returns. He gained a total of 12,085 all purpose yards.
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|Year||Team||Games||Punt Return Attempts||Punt Return Yards||Punts Returned for Touchdown||Punts Fair Caught||Longest Punt Return||Kickoff Return Attempts||Kickoff Return Yards||Kickoffs Returned for Touchdown||Kickoffs Fair Caught||Longest Kickoff Return|
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- "Cowboys secure home-field advantage". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Ex-Cowboy brightens Cardinals' special teams". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Cardinals in market for speedy wide receiver". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Kevin R. Williams Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 26 May 2015.