Williams’ death was reportedly from natural causes. He was just 27 and leaves behind a daughter, Tori Summer-Rose.
Following a record-setting career at FIU, Williams entered the NFL as a 7th round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2007. He failed to make the Vikings 53-man roster, but caught on with the Miami Dolphins as a part of their practice squad.
After a stint with the Atlanta Falcons, Williams first joined the Chiefs practice squad in December of 2009. He received a reserve/future contract after the season, but was released to make room for their 2010 draft choices.
Williams found his way back to Kansas City in the summer of 2011 before being released near the end of training camp. He went on to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and was preparing to play for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.
More important than anything he did off the field, Pete Pelegrin of FIUSports.com remembered him as a man any team would be lucky to have.
It was not a rare sight to see Williams taking the younger receivers aside, long after that day’s practice concluded, and helping those players refine their route running or mentoring them about daily college life.
You can read Pelegrin’s complete remembrance of Williams here.