Becoming a walk-on in college sports is one of the most intense commitments that a player can make. They can play just as hard, if not harder, than their teammates on scholarship to prove what they're worth. Getting a scholarship after all the hard work is a moment that will maintain impact for a player their entire lifetime. Yesterday, Stanford Cardinal walk-on Noah Williams achieved that dream.
Williams is a sophomore cornerback for the Stanford Cardinal who walked on with the team last season. As a freshman, Williams did not see any playing time, but the young player never gave up on his dream. During Stanford's season opener against San Diego State, Williams made his debut at cornerback.
In two seasons of his high school career, Williams played in 16 games and had a total of 74 tackles. After one visit to Stanford, the young player "fell in love" with school. Outside of football, he was an academic scholar with a 4.4 GPA.
Absolutely surreal moment, I’m beyond thankful for all the support from my family, teammates, and coaches. But the work doesn’t stop now. There’s so many more goals for myself and this TEAM to accomplish. This is only the beginning #DreamChasing https://t.co/X0BpVp5guV— Noah Williams (@noahw2399) September 11, 2018
Williams is an example of the power of football and the positivity it brings into the lives of those around it. Congratulations Noah, you deserve it.