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Rest in peace, Darrent Williams (1982-2007)

R.I.P., Darrent Williams. We know you are in a better place now.

Darrent Williams, known by teammates as D-Will, was a talented cornerback taken entirely too early. He played two seasons with the Broncos from 2005-2007, where he drew inspiration and advice from his role model, Champ Bailey. He established himself on the field as a starter in his rookie year, recording 58 tackles and two interceptions. Some refer to him as "lil’ man," standing just 5’9" and 176 lbs, he could defend receivers well over 6’0".

On New Year’s Day just after midnight, Williams was killed near downtown Denver less than 12 hours after the Broncos completed their 2006 season. He was 24 years old and left behind his two children, mother, and girlfriend.

The Broncos community has nothing but great things to say about Williams. Former Broncos linebacker Al Wilson stated " I've never seen a little man with so much heart and so much fire, he touched my heart and always will." Former head coach Mike Shanahan recalled Champ Bailey saying they had something special in D-Will.

Williams dedicated his free time to the Boys and Girls Club in Denver as an effort to give back after spending a significant amount of his childhood at the Fort Worth Boys and Girls Club. To honor his memory the Denver Broncos and the Boys and Girls Club partnered to develop The Darrent Williams Memorial Teen Center in Montbello, which is a thriving extension of the Denver Broncos Boys and Girls Club that opened in 2008.

The Broncos also created the Darrent Williams Good Guy award in D-Will’s memory. The award is given each year to the player who shows Williams’ enthusiasm, cooperation, and honesty when interacting with the media. This year Terrance Knighton was awarded; previous winners include Chris Harris Jr. (2013), Wesley Woodyard (2012), D-Will’s mentor Champ Bailey (2011), Mario Haggan (2010), Elvis Dumervil (2009), Ebenezer Ekuban (2008), and John Lynch (2007).

As we remember Darrent, please have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve.