K.D. Williams - Linebacker - 1995-96, 2002- Henderson State
Williams signed with Winnipeg as a free agent in January 1995 and proceeded to make a big impact on the club. He played in 15 regular-season games as well as the South Division Semifinal.
As a rookie, he notched 43 defensive tackles, 22 special teams tackles, 10 tackles for a loss of 46 yards, five quarterback sacks for 42 yards lost, three fumble returns and one interception return. He led the team in special teams tackles and quarterback sacks. His tackles for a loss total led both the CFL and the Blue Bombers.
He set a CFL single-game record with six tackles for a loss against Toronto (Winnipeg @ Toronto, Oct. 9, 1995). In that same game, he set a football club record for defensive tackles in a game with 13 – a total that is the 3rd-best in CFL History. The Football Reporters of Canada named him Winnipeg’s Most Outstanding Rookie.
In his second campaign with the Big Blue, Williams proved to one and all that he was one of the best players in the Canadian Football League. He played and started all of Winnipeg’s 18 regular-season contests as well as the West Division Semifinal.
Williams led the Blue Bombers in defensive tackles with 102 – a total that was good enough for 2nd place in the CFL that year. The tackle total is the 3rd-highest in Winnipeg Football Club History.
He added 10 special teams tackles, six tackles for a loss for 15 yards, five quarterback
sacks for 31 yards, four interceptions for 72 yards
and one touchdown, four pass knockdowns and two fumble returns for seven yards. The Football Reporters of Canada named Williams to the CFL All-Star Team that year.
He began the 1997 CFL season with Saskatchewan after being a victim of one of Jeff Reinebold’s talent purges. Reinebold traded Williams, safety Jason Mallett and defensive end Horace Morris to the Roughriders for linebacker Sheldon Benoit, cornerback Nick Ferguson and guard John James.
He played 10 games for Saskatchewan and accounted for 58 defensive tackles, six special teams tackles, three quarterback sacks for 19 yards lost, two interception returns for 38 yards and one touchdown, one forced fumble and one tackle for a loss of one yard.
The Roughies then traded Williams and fellow linebacker Lamar McGriggs to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a 2nd Round (8th Overall) selection in the 1998 Canadian College Draft and future considerations. Saskatchewan used the pick to acquire wide receiver Ousmane Tounkara.
Williams played three games for the Ti-Cats, recording 14 defensive tackles, five special teams tackles, one interception return for 18 yards and one quarterback sacks for eight yards lost.
K.D returned to the CFL in 2002 after 3 seasons in the NFL with Green Bay and Oakland. he started the 2002 season with Saskatchewan but saw limited action before re-joining Winnipeg. Teaming again with his old friend Lamar McGriggs, Williams posted 5 tackles and 1 sack before injuries ended his season. Williams was cut by Winnipeg in the 2003 training camp.
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