With the signing of former Dallas Cowboy, Terrance Williams, the Pirates have added another marquee wide receiver to their roster for 2021. After his Cowboy career ended in early 2019, Williams was chosen in the XFL’s 2019 Supplemental Draft by the St. Louis Battlehawks. He failed to make final roster cuts. Chosen in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Williams played for the Cowboys until an injury-plagued 2018 season, after which the ‘Boys declined an option year on his contract. In 2013, as a rookie, Williams emerged as the Cowboys’ #3 wide receiver. He finished the season with 44 receptions for 736 yards and 5 TD’s, an excellent rookie campaign. Williams also filled in as kick returner late that season. In 2014 Williams established himself as a playmaker and deep threat. As the “Boys legitimate #2 receiver, he finished with 37 receptions for 621 yards and 8 scores. The three seasons that followed had Williams producing solid numbers. In ‘15 he reached a career-high 840 receiving yards on 52 receptions and in ‘17 he recorded a career-high 53 receptions. His touchdown grab on Tony Romo’s final NFL play in ‘16 just might become a trivia question in years to come. Off-season foot surgery limited Williams’ play in ‘18 as his stellar NFL career began winding down. He played in his last NFL game on October 6, 2018.
Williams was on everyone’s radar after his 2012 senior season at Baylor. He started all 13 games for the Bears and was a unanimous All-American selection by just about every outlet. Williams’ 1,872 receiving yards led the nation and was good for seventh-best in NCAA FBS history. His 97 receptions ranked 11th nationally. Other accolades and records included First-Team All-Big 12, receiving yards per game (140.9), and consecutive games with a reception (13). Williams topped 110 yards receiving in 8 games and led the nation with 16 receptions of 30 yards or longer. Against West Virginia, Williams caught an astounding 17 passes for an unheard of 317 yards as well as scoring 2 TD’s. He ended up a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation’s top receiver and helped the Bears beat #17 ranked UCLA in the Holiday Bowl.
As a junior in 2011, Williams finished second on the team with 59 receptions for 957 yards and 11 TDs. Against #5 Oklahoma, Williams caught the game-winning catch, from QB Robert Griffin III, with just 8 seconds left to give the Bears a huge win. He also made a big impact on both the ‘10 and ‘09 Baylor teams as a receiver and kick returner.
Williams earned his general studies degree, graduating in December 2012. Williams will play his age-31 season for the Pirates this season.