Kerwynn Williams


NFL Running Back

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

College: Utah State

Team: Arizona Cardinals #33

Country: USA

Instagram & Twitter: @kerwinning_

“Believe in yourself. Because if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.” – Kerwynn

Accomplishments: Utah State: First-team All-WAC. Holds WAC record for most ever kick return yards (3,408) and most ever all purpose yards (6,928). NFL: Drafted by the Colts in the 7th round of the 2013 draft.

Kerwynn is a running back for the Arizona Cardinals who is looking to make his mark in the NFL. At 5 foot, 8 inches tall, he’s an underdog who has always dealt with skepticism about not being physical enough to play at the next level. His speed, attitude, and work ethic continues to prove the skeptics wrong. Kerwynn is known by his teammates to be one of the hardest workers on the team.

You’ve had a roller coaster ride of being cut and re-signed many times. Why is it that the coaches keep coming back to you & respect you so much? I think it’s mainly my attitude about things. I try to bring a good attitude and great effort every day. All that other stuff I can’t really control, but I can control my attitude and work ethic. You can’t discount that. No matter what, I know I put my best foot forward.

What keeps you hungry? The fact that a lot of people said I couldn’t do it. A lot of people doubted I would even make it to this point. I wasn’t highly recruited coming out of high school. Then I got to Utah State and sat behind 2 guys for 3 years. I finally got the opportunity to play my senior year and finished top 10 in the country for all-purpose yards. Going into the draft I wasn’t highly sought after, no one really thought too much of me, but I ended up going in the 7th round. The fact that I’m not necessarily where I want to be, continues to push me.

What do you want people to remember about you? That I worked for everything I got. That nothing was given to me.

Best advice you ever received? My Dad used to say, “Out work’em.” My Mom used to say, “Grit and determination.”

Biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome as an athlete? Patience. I feel like patience is one quality you really need as an athlete. Especially once it gets more competitive, you aren’t always going to be at the top of the food chain right away, sometimes you have to be patient & let things unfold.  

“In college my Dad would always keep up with who was the top running back in the nation and he’d call me early in the morning to tell me whoever it was… My senior year it was Montee Ball. He’d say, “What are you doing?” Me: I’m just waking up. Him: “Well Montee Ball ran 5 miles already.” That was always extra motivation from my Dad.“

“I put on a youth camp called Kerwynn Williams Skills Camp. A big thing for me is being present in the community, so kids can see you & that you did it. When they see an example, it becomes more believable to them. When I was growing up in Vegas, not a lot of people came back and spoke to the youth. I just want to be a part of that change.”

Kerwynn’s Advice: Believe in yourself. Because if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.

Instagram & Twitter: @kerwinning_