Leonard Austin Williams was born on June 20, 1994, in Bakersfield, California. He is a defensive end in the NFL.
Williams was a two-sport athlete in football and track at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida.
He contributed to Mainland’s advancement to the FHSAA 6A state semifinals, when they were defeated by Miami Central 7-17, with 103 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a senior.
The defeat was reversed, though, in August 2012 when Miami Central’s entire season was forfeited for a transfer infraction.
Williams was rated as the fifth-best strongside defensive end recruit in his class by Rivals.com, who gave him a four-star rating.
Williams started nine of the team’s 13 games at defensive lineman as a true freshman in 2012, compiling 64 tackles, eight sacks, and an interception.
The Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year award was given to him. Williams was switched from tackle to defensive end in 2013 as a sophomore. Williams was selected for the first team All-Pac-12 and was an All-American by ESPN after compiling 74 tackles and six sacks.
In 2014, he made 80 tackles and seven sacks as a junior. He received accolades from ESPN and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) including Team MVP, first team All-Pac-12, and All-American.
Williams said that he would forgo his senior year and join the 2015 NFL Draft after his junior season.
Williams was dealt to the New York Giants on October 28, 2019, in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick.
Williams received the franchise tag from the Giants on March 16, 2020.
The one-year tender was signed by him on April 22, 2020. On March 16, 2021, he agreed to a three-year, $63 million deal with the Giants.
Where Did Leonard Williams Attend College?
College: USC (2012–2014)
Where Did Leonard Williams Attend High School?
High school: Williams attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida.