2001 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winner Roy Williams, University of Oklahoma
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Roy Williams won the 2001 Jim Thorpe Award as a junior at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Williams was a three –year starter for the Sooners, and played a key role for the 2000 National Championship team. In addition to the Thorpe Award, Roy won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top defensive player. Williams was a unanimous selection to both the All-American and All-Big 12 teams, and earned the 2001 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award.
Roy Williams was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the eighth overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft. As a rookie he played both safety positions and finished as the runner-up for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Roy played six seasons in Dallas before he signed a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009. Before his retirement in 2011 he had a stellar professional career. Williams was a five-time pro bowl selection and an All-Pro selection in 2003.