Carolina Panthers, RB
DeAngelo Williams was born April 25, 1983 and is a running back for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. He played college football for the University of Memphis. The Panthers drafted him 27th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft.
DeAngelo attended the University of Memphis; he played as a Memphis Tiger. He holds the Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record for 100-yard rushing games (34). On the all-time NCAA rushing list with 6,026 yards, he ranks fourth. His final college game was the 2005 Motor City Bowl, and defeated the Akron Zips 38-31 by running for a Bowl record 238 yards and scoring 3 touchdowns. He was also an All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Walter Camp Foundation.
He attended the 2006 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, an annual event in which NFL personnel in preparation for the NFL Draft evaluate seniors and professional prospects. At Pro Day he ran his 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds with the wind and 4.48 seconds against the wind. He also recorded a 34½-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-9 broad jump.
The Carolina Panthers selected him with the 27th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He joined Reggie Bush, LenDale White, Laurence Maroney and Joseph Addai, among others, in a promising draft class at running back. He adopted the jersey number 34, which he wore in high school the same as his hero at the time Ricky Williams.