The Marcus Williams story is one that we can all relate to. Growing up playing football and basketball in Minneapolis, Marcus heard it all from his doubters -- he's too short, too small, not fast enough, not athletic enough, etc. Despite an outstanding high school career at Hopkins High School as a defensive back and wide receiver, Marcus received little interest from FBS schools. Through all the doubt that he incurred, Marcus continued to work hard and eventually landed a scholarship offer from North Dakota State University, a FCS school.
At NDSU, it didn't take long for Marcus to find success as he would ultimately finish as the most decorated defensive back in school, and FCS, history. During his time with the Bison, Marcus set the NDSU school record with 21 interceptions, and an FCS record of returning 7 INT's for touchdowns. Marcus was a 3x All-American selection, and helped lead the school to their first three FCS Championships. Despite his success with the Bison, his doubters were still out there, but this time it was within the NFL circle.
After his impressive career at NDSU, Marcus surprisingly went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft. However, he did not let the doubters discourage him. He was picked up by the Houston Texans as an UDFA, but was eventually released after week two of the 2014 season. The very next morning, Marcus signed with the New York Jets practice squad. Through his hard work, talent, and determination, Marcus jumped from practice squad to starter within a few weeks and went on to start the final eight games of the 2014 season. After opening the eyes of coaches in 2014, Marcus took his game to the next level in 2015 and led the entire Jets roster with 6 interceptions (just two shy of the NFL lead). Building off of his first two season in the league, in 2016, Marcus had 29 solo tackles, which matched a career best.
As Marcus' career on the field begins to take off, he looks forward to utilizing the platform to give back to the community that has shaped him into the man and role model he is today. He hopes to inspire youth and encourage a positive attitude and strong work ethic through both sports and academics.