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Quinnen Williams pays tribute to his late mother at Jets rookie minicamp

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 25: Quinnen Williams of Alabama reacts after he was picked #3 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 25: Quinnen Williams of Alabama reacts after he was picked #3 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Quinnen Williams, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, credits his late mother for helping him achieve his dreams of making it to the NFL.

The New York Jets’ top pick this year, Williams was a dominant force at Alabama in his only season as a starter. He made such a significant impact that he was able to make the jump to the pros with two years of college eligibility still remaining.

Speaking to NFL Network on Mother’s Day from Jets rookie minicamp, Williams paid tribute to the woman who helped inspire him:

"My future is bright because of the things she instilled in me."@QuinnenWilliams lost his mother when he was 12, but she remains a huge impact on the person he is today. #HappyMothersDay (via @nflnetwork) pic.twitter.com/QZmIrVQVPN

— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 12, 2019

I wouldn’t be the person I am today without her. I wouldn’t be the person I am in the future without her, because my future is bright because of the things she instilled in me. The hard work, the dedication, to never quit and to always finish what you have, and everything you start, put your best foot forward. So, knowing the things she taught me, I’m gonna have a great future, on the field and off the field.

Williams is expected to make an immediate and sustained impact for a Jets defense ready to take the next step in becoming one of the league’s better units. With talented playmakers like Leonard Williams and Jamal Adams, and veteran additions like free-agent linebacker C.J. Mosley, Williams could be the finishing touch to a much-improved group in 2019.

What lessons did your mom instill in you growing up? What expectations do you have for Quinnen Williams in his rookie season and beyond? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

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