Former Tennessee State running back Javarris Williams, was drafted in the seventh round, 212th overall, by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2009 National Football League draft.
Javarris, a 5-10, 220 lb native of Richmond, Texas (Foster HS), the 2008 Ohio Valley Conference “Offensive Player of the Year”, was the only OVC player and fourth HBCU player taken in this year’s draft class.
Williams averaged a OVC best 103.7 ypg with 1,037 yards in ten (10) games, including a league-best fifteen (15) rushing touchdowns. Williams also scored one touchdown on a pass for sixteen TDs on the year and a league leading 9.6 points per game scoring average. He finished his TSU career as the top All-time rushing TD leader (42) and second on the All-Time rushing list with 4,329 yards. He had six (6) 100+ yard rushing games this season and twenty (20) such games in his career. Williams rushed for over 1,000 yards three consecutive years.
A three-year starter, Williams rushed for over 1,000 yards in three consecutive years and set a TSU freshman rushing record of 872 yards in 2005.
Williams, who earned his degree in Computer Business Systems from TSU in December, 2008, played in the third annual Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game in El Paso, Texas on January 31, 2009.