The impact that former defensive tackle Sylvester Williams left on the University of North Carolina football program will be everlasting. He recorded 95 career tackles – including thirteen tackles for a loss-, averaged 4.5 sacks per game (career), and had one interception. His size and dominance on the defensive line made it tough on opposing quarterbacks. Just his presence on the line made it tough for any offense who lined up across from him.
After transferring from JUCO, Williams moved to Chapel Hill to play his final two years of eligibility out with the Tar Heels – a decision that he won’t ever regret. Being given an opportunity he worked hard for, he improved as a player and showcased his talent on the national scene. It was that same opportunity that allowed the Denver Broncos to draft Williams in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
So far in his rookie campaign Williams has recorded 19 tackles, averaged two sacks per game and even has one fumble recovering this season.
In just his first season in the NFL, Williams and the Broncos are on their way to another Super Bowl in a storied franchise’s history. Last year, they fell just short of the AFC Championship game after the Baltimore Ravens kicked a game winning field goal in double overtime. This year they have avoided that same fate, but they hope to take it even further by reaching Super Bowl XLVIII.
Should Denver win the AFC Championship game, Sylvester Williams will be the only Tar Heel to represent North Carolina in the Super Bowl.
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