FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – Previous Bulldog vast receiver Paul Williams caught 72 passes and 8 touchdowns around his four-calendar year faculty occupation, and nonetheless holds the Fresno Point out record for longest capture in Bulldog history, a 98-yarder for a touchdown from Boise Condition in 2005.
He was later on drafted in the 3rd spherical (80th over-all) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Tennesee Titans, and had a short NFL profession.
But these days, he is additional properly-identified for anything else.
“I am the person formerly recognised as Paul Williams,” states a smiling Paul. “I am Lynn Williams’ uncle officially now.”
That’s what comes about when your niece is Lynn Williams, an emerging soccer star for the U.S. Women’s Nationwide Crew, who just assisted the Us citizens earn a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
“So my brother Dave (Lynn’s father) is about 17 yrs older than me, so my partnership with Lynn has always been more like brother-sister,” states Paul. “So to see your little sibling do that, and surpass something you have ever performed, and be on the world stage, it’s surreal, and you are just so happy.”
Paul’s niece may possibly be dominating the family members headlines, but if you head to a Fresno Town Higher education soccer exercise, it’s very very clear Uncle Paul is continue to a fairly major deal, specially in the eyes of the football gamers he is now coaching at Fresno City School.
“It’s quite wild. My dad Paris Gaines, truly performed with coach Williams,” suggests Paris’ son Darrien Gaines, a Buchanan Superior University product, who is a freshman extensive receiver for the Rams. “So I sort of know him, but to have him out below, and to have the NFL experience, it goes a extensive way.”
Paul was hired as the program’s new vast receivers coach by Rams head mentor Tony Caviglia previous 12 months, but this will be his first period as an assistant on the area with the Rams, immediately after previous time was canceled for the reason that of COVID.
“He’s a chief. He helps make men and women about him better,” states Caviglia. “He would like to aid folks reach their dreams and their objectives.”
It was an easy conclusion for Caviglia to employ the service of Paul, thinking of Paul was proposed for the job by his older brother J.D., a former Bulldog and NFL defensive back, who is at the moment an assistant mentor in demand of the defensive backs and the pass defense at Fresno state.
“My brother J.D. was up listed here accomplishing some recruiting, and chatting to the coaches,” claims Paul, recalling how he obtained the position at Fresno Metropolis. “Tony kind of mentioned (he) desired a receiver coach, and J.D. was like, ‘well, I have a brother who was a receiver.’ Tony gave me a connect with and the rest is historical past.”
Caviglia describes Paul as a “quality human getting,” who has a lot of of the traits of a fantastic mentor, which includes tolerance, possibly fostered by his other job as a exclusive requirements teacher at Eaton Elementary in Fresno.
And it would seem logical that acquiring J.D. and Paul coaching at Fresno point out and Fresno City respectively, will only be a excellent matter for the two educational facilities.
“It assists our software a lot,” claims Rams freshman receiver Sean Kelly, who played quarterback at Clovis East Substantial School. “It unquestionably allows us, it gives us an benefit with recruiting, with connections, to have people that played at that amount. It is surely a great opportunity for us.”