Fayetteville State’s Joshua Williams headed to Super Bowl!

Critical interception keys victory over Cincinnati Bengals to win AFC Championship, earn Super Bowl berth
Date: January 30, 2023

Chancellor Allison Masthead

It’s an exceptionally great day to be an FSU Bronco!

On behalf of Fayetteville State University, our community and Broncos everywhere, I am thrilled and honored to congratulate FSU alumnus and star corner back Joshua Williams on his incredible play during the AFC Championship matchup between his Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals.

Even more remarkable is the poise, motivation and intelligence Joshua has displayed throughout his college career and now into his rookie season in the NFL playing for a marquee team – not just for his family, his hometown and FSU but for all 102 HBCUs.

Joshua was the highest drafted player from any HBCU, selected in the 4th round. When the majority of NFL players are chosen from powerhouse Division I schools such as Georgia, USC, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas, UCLA, among others, Joshua got there from a small Division II school.

Undeterred, Joshua did what his father, George Williams, instilled in him every day of his life — he went to work! He knew that to be and remain at the highest level he had to put in the extra work. He knew he would have to earn the opportunity to play with the starting squad and special teams. He did just that.

Like the proud Bronco he is, Joshua represented remarkably well for himself and for so many other student-athletes who dream of following in his footsteps and come from HBCUs and/or other Division II schools.

Joshua Williams, you have done extraordinarily well in making the most of your NFL rookie season and thriving on so many levels.

Now, Joshua, go beat those Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 12.


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