After running for many NFL teams, Dominique Williams, a former running back, has now graduated from the NYPD academy and will soon be joining the NYPD.
Williams was an NFL roller coaster ride. His NFL career was an uphill climb. He played for the San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles. Although he didn’t have much success on the other rosters, he had always had a back-up plan. Williams has always wanted to be a police officer.
A brief history of Jones’ NFL career. Jones, a six-foot-two, 200-pound wide receiver, failed to make the Chargers’ 53-man roster, spending his rookie year on the practice squad. He signed with the Eagles one year after his stint with the Chargers. However, Jones suffered an Achilles tendon injury that prevented him from playing. He was released by the Eagles the following year and signed with the Lions. Williams was not selected for the final roster of the Lions. Williams had a backup plan to be a police officer.
Dominique Williams played wide receiver in NFL. After graduating from NYPD Academy, Williams is now preparing for a future as a cop.
Williams stated that he was “destined” to work in police. https://t.co/rMfIGh0s2d
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The day Williams first realized he wanted to be a police officer was the time his older brother was killed in front their Pomona home. Williams was impressed by the way police officers handled the situation and consoled him. According to the New York Daily News
“I’ve seen the way police came in and basically took me under their wing and made sure I was OK,” Williams said. “At the time I was playing sports so they went to multiple of my games.”
These officers had a positive impact on Williams and he now wants to join the NYPD.
“I felt that support and love … I realized the first thing kids interact with are police officers.”
Williams, and 560 others, graduated from the NYPD academy last week at Madison Square Garden.
“It’s a lot of structure, and I’ve been doing that structure discipline thing my whole life in sports … You have that structure to understand and help and guide you to be a better police officer.”
At an era when law enforcement and police officers are under threat, it is refreshing to hear Williams’ story. It reminds us that those who call for a war on cops are not loud enough. Williams seems like someone who is hardworking and will not quit. The NYPD seems to have found the perfect person.