About Roland Williams
A Proven Winner.
Regarded by many as one of the most engaging and energetic professional athletes of all time, Williams takes pride in providing positive energy, passion and purpose to everything he does.
A graduate of East High School in the Rochester City School District, Roland became one of the nation’s top student-athletes and attended Syracuse University on a full athletic scholarship. While in school, Roland took his academics as serious as his athletic performance, graduating with a BA in Speech Communications with a minor in Management from the Whitman School of Management. Roland also attended Newhouse School of Public Communications to pursue his Masters in Public Relations.
After a stellar college football career, Roland Williams was selected in the 1998 National Football League Draft and excelled during his 8-year football career with the Rams, Raiders, and Buccaneers. Highlights included the St. Louis Rams’ Rookie of the Year award, the NFL Unsung Hero Award, two-time winner of the Oakland Raiders Man of the Year Award, the American Football Conference Championship with the Raiders, and most notably, the St. Louis Rams’ Super Bowl 34 Championship.
After suffering a career-ending injury in 2005, Roland retired from professional football and dove into his passions. As a sports analyst, Roland excelled with ESPN, CBS and NBC Sports. As an entrepreneur, his professional development firm has helped Fortune 500 companies increase employee engagement and productivity including Viacom, the US Army, Northwestern Mutual, Merrill Lynch, and Coca-Cola.
As a philanthropist, Roland is committed to helping teens in his hometown overcome barriers and maximize their potential. His groundbreaking Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring & Empowerment Initiative is accomplishing unprecedented academic and social-emotional outcomes with more than 1,000 middle and high school students.
Roland is a proud father of 3 sons and resides in Los Angeles, California.