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From Super Bowl Champion to Super Champion of Helping Others, with Roland Williams
NFL Super Bowl Champion, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Teamwork Expert
Regarded by many as one of the most engaging and energetic professional athletes of all time, Roland Williams takes pride in bringing passion, purpose and excellence to every endeavor.
Born in Rochester, NY, Roland overcame incredible odds to graduate from high school and attend Syracuse University on a full athletic scholarship. Roland took his academics as seriously as his athletics, graduating with a BA in Speech Communications with a minor in Management from the Whitman School of Management. Roland also attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications to pursue his Master’s Degree in Public Relations.
After a stellar college football career, Roland was drafted into the NFL and paid immediate dividends, winning the Rams’ Rookie of the Year award. The following year, Williams caught seven touchdown passes and was an integral part of the Rams’ legendary “Greatest Show On Turf” offensive unit that broke NFL scoring records in route to winning Super Bowl XXXIV. During Roland’s impressive eight-year NFL career, he also played for the Buccaneers and Raiders, winning an AFC Championship in 2003.
For his humanitarian efforts, philanthropy and community contributions, Roland has received many awards and accolades, including the Press-Radio Club Pro Athlete of the Year award, two-time winner of the Oakland Raiders Man of the Year Award and a multiyear semi-finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for philanthropy and citizenship.
After suffering a career-ending injury in 2005, Williams retired from professional football and dove into his passions as a sport analyst, entrepreneur, philanthropist and teamwork expert helping clients across the world improve productivity and profitability.
In 2015, Roland founded the Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring & Empowerment Initiative, a groundbreaking program helping hundreds of urban teens in his hometown overcome obstacles and maximize their potential at school, at home and in their communities. Williams also serves on Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management and Falk College of Sports and Human Dynamics Board of Advisors.
Roland is a proud dad of three sons and resides in Los Angeles, California.