Q&A WIth ODU Football's J.J. Williams

February 18, 2009
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 18, 2009

A weekly Q&A with an Old Dominion University football player



J.J. Williams


6-2, 220, So.

Derby, Kan.

Derby / Garden City CC



When did you begin playing football?

I began playing in the seventh grade in Florida


Who has had the greatest impact on your career?

My dad


Why did you choose to attend ODU?

I have family nearby


What has been the biggest difference between high school football and college football?

The speed of the game


What has it been the best part about being a member of ODU’s first football team in over 60 years?

I can help lead this to become a winning program


If you could play another position what would it be and why?

Wide receiver because I have good hands


Favorite sports other than your own?



After meeting Coach Wilder for the first time, what were your thoughts?

He knows how to talk to people


After meeting Coach Rondeau for the first time, what were your thoughts?

We’re going to work hard and win games


Do you have a pre-game ritual, if so what is it?

Kick a ball around


If you could line up opposite any player in the NFL and go 1-on-1, who would it be and why?

Ed Reed because I like a challenge


What song is stuck in your head right now?

Waddle by Gorilla Zoe


What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I’ve lived in Japan and England


What is your dream job?

Playing in the NFL


What is your most valued possession?

A letter a friend gave me before he took his life


What is your favorite place to eat on campus?

Webb Center