By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In this spotlight story, we’ll look into the football career of Darrent Williams. He was born on September 27, 1982 in Fort Worth, Texas.
He attended O.D. Wyatt High School, where he was a cornerback and punt returner on the football team. During his senior year, he was the 7-4A Defensive Most Valuable Player.
Williams received only three offers to play college football. Those were from Texas Christian University, Louisiana Tech University, and Oklahoma State University. He chose to attend Oklahoma State.
In his first two seasons, he appeared in 24 games. He also had five interceptions with three returned for touchdowns.
He played in 18 games in his final two seasons. He had six interceptions as a junior with two returned for touchdowns. He also had 66 tackles and broke up 17 passes as a junior.
Williams played in just seven games as a senior. He missed three games due to an injury. He had just 21 tackles, three pass breakups, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
Once his collegiate career was over, he was tied for first in Divisiona I college football with the most interceptions returned for a touchdown. He had 11 interceptions with five returned for touchdowns.
He was drafted with the 56th overall pick in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
As a rookie, he made 12 appearances, including nine starts. He also had 53 tackles, including two tackles for a loss, 1.0 sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and 10 pass deflections.
His first career interception came on Nov. 13, 2005 against the Oakland Raiders. He returned it for an 82-yard pick-six.
In his final season in 2006, he made 15 appearances, including 14 starts. He had 86 tackles, including three tackles for a loss. Williams also had four interceptions, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, and nine pass deflections.
In his final game, just hours before his death, he had two tackles and one pass deflection against the San Francisco 49ers in a 26-23 loss on Dec. 31, 2006. He also had two punt returns for 50 yards.
Following the 49ers game, Williams was shoot in a drive-by shooting at approx. 2:10 am. His two passengeres were also shot in the rented Hummer H2 limousine in Denver, Colorado. The crime scene was near 11th Ave. and Speer Blvd.
Before the shooting, he was attending the New Year’s Eve and Birthday party for Kenyon Martin, who was a memember of the Denver Nuggets at the time, at nightclub Safari. According to the Denver Police Department, there was some type of altercation between the Crips gang members and patrons, including wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
When shots were fired, Williams was hit in the neck with a single gunshot wound. He then reportedly fell into the lap of teammate Javon Walker. Williams was pronounced dead at 2:30 am.
The passengers, who were also injured during the shooting, were later released from the hospital.
During the investigation, the Denver authorities impounded a vehicle that was involved in the incident. Through the investigation, Brian Hicks, a 28-year-old Crips gang member, was identified as a person of interest in the case.
Hicks was already in jail, awaiting trial for attempted murder, when the authorities identified his vehicle.
According to the Rocky Mountain News, they published a letter that was a confession from Crips gang member Willie D. Clark. In the letter, he admitted to shooting the fatal bullet in May 2008.
Several months later, Clark was indicted by a grand jury in October 2008. He was then found guilty of murder in March 2010, before being sentenced to live in prison in April of that year.
When Williams died, he was survived by his seven-year-old son and four-year-old daughter. He also had a 24-year-old girlfriend at the time.
Following the shooting, both Martin and Carmelo Anthony said they were going to establish a college fund for his children. The Darrent Williams Memorial Teen Center was opened in May 2008 at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club in Denver, Colorado.
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