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Former Alabama DL Quinnen Williams wins MVP honors from New York Jets

Quinnen Williams walks off the field
Eric Hartline - USA Today Sports

The New York Jets will not make the playoffs for the National Football League, but it had an interesting season.

Quinnen Williams, a former Alabama defensive lineman, got selected at No. 3 overall by the Jets in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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He has become a superstar in his fourth NFL season with the team.

Williams leads New York’s defense for sacks (12) and tackles for loss (12) and totals 49 tackles, four passes defended, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. The 6-foot-3, 303-pounder is heading to his first Pro Bowl and earned Most Valuable Player honors from the Jets. Williams could play himself into a bigger contract for his future, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

He set career-highs for sacks and passes defended while keeping the Jets in several games this year.

As a native of Birmingham, Ala., Williams came to the University of Alabama as a four-star in the 2016 recruiting class.

He morphed into a dominant nose tackle in 2018, posting 71 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss (team-high), eight sacks (team-high), and 12 quarterback pressures (shared team lead). Williams earned the Outland Trophy, Unanimous All-American honors, and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2018. He captured two SEC Championship rings (2016 and 2018) and a College Football Playoff National Championship ring in 2017 for the Crimson Tide.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

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