Former Tennessee Titans, Florida State OT Todd Williams dies at age 35

Sep 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Tennessee Titans helmet on the sidelines against the Houston Texans in the second quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PREWIRE

Former Tennessee Titans and Florida State Seminoles offensive tackle Todd Williams was passed away at his home in Manatee, Florida on Monday.  Williams had been suffering from stomach pains and could not taste anything for the previous month, according to his mother, Ozepher Fluker, who told him to go to the hospital on Friday.  After not hearing from him over the weekend, Fluker went to check on him; a County Sheriff had found his body

From Titans Oline, written by Gary Glenn.

Williams was one of three recipients of the NCAA Inspiration Award, given to individuals who used perseverance, dedication and determination to overcome a life-altering situation. Williams was raised by his grandmother until she died of complications from diabetes in 1993. Instead of being placed in a foster home, Williams ran away and slept on the streets in Bradenton before later moving to Miami.

Williams, however, had promised his grandmother he would graduate from high school and make something of himself, so he moved back to Bradenton and worked at a grocery store to make ends meet, while eventually being named the fifth-best offensive tackle in the state by the Florida Times Union.

Williams was part of a National Championship team at Florida State, where he was a third team All-American while earning a degrees in sociology and criminology.  He played six games as a reserve tackle for the Titans in 2004.  Williams had been working as a teacher at Manatee Y Technological High School.

Thoughts and prayers to his loved ones and students.

Topics: Florida State Seminoles Football, Tennessee Titans, Todd Williams

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  • Demosthenes Smith

    Well, as a fellow human being, I wish Todd Williams rest and peace, and his friends and family comfort in their grief. It sounds like he had it pretty rough, but still managed to graduate from college AND play for FSU and the Tennessee Titans. He also died as a teacher, and I can only hope he helped educate, uplift, and inspire many.

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