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Alabama Crimson Tide wideout Jameson Williams tore his ACL on Monday and then declared for the 2022 NFL Draft days later.
Announced on Friday, via Williams’ Instagram account, the wideout posted a carousel of tributes to his season with the Tide, and a final message to the program and fans.
“Coach Saban and Coach Wiggins, thank you for believing in me and the opportunity to show what I can do. My brothers, we been through it all. Wish it could have ended differently but it’s nothing but up from here,” the post read.
“Bama fans, thank y’all for welcoming me and making Tuscaloosa home for me and my family.”
He ended the note by announcing his first intentions to join the upcoming NFL draft.
“With all that being said, I am starting the next chapter and taking my talents to the 2022 NFL Draft. Roll Tide,” Williams said.
Joining an ever-expanding list of Alabama receivers destined for a first-round selection, Williams’ case comes with a twist as he faces recovery from the ACL injury suffered during Monday’s College Football Playoff Championship Game.
As former Crimson Tide receivers Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith left at the end of last season, Williams and John Metchie III picked up the mantle to extend their legacy of success at the position, with Williams as the lead.
Joining the Tide in 2021, Williams — an Ohio State transfer — had an impressive junior campaign: catching for 1,572 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on 79 receptions.
Williams has been lauded for his explosive speed and sharp route running — also bearing the added gear to be a menace on vertical routes.
Alabama teammate and offensive tackle Evan Neal also declared for the 2022 Draft.
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