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Roland Williams


Roland Williams is a retired football tight-end who overcame incredible odds to achieve extraordinary success on the football field and off. Born in Rochester, NY, Roland grew up in a neighborhood surrounded by poverty, gangs and drugs. Determined to overcome his surroundings, Roland attended Syracuse University and became the first person in his immediate family to graduate from a four-year college. Selected in the 1998 National Football League Draft, Roland excelled during his 8-year football career, including receiving the St. Louis Rams’ 1998 Rookie of the Year award, the 2003 American Football Conference Championship, and the 1999 St. Louis Rams' Super Bowl 34 Championship.


Roland retired from football in 2006 and has worked as a television/radio sports analyst, an internationally recognized Team Building and Performance Expert, an entrepreneur and celebrity keynote speaker. In 2015, Roland started the Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring & Empowerment Initiative in Rochester to help hundreds of at-risk middle and high school students improve as students and citizens.