Roland Williams is President and Chief Executive Officer of All Pro Catalyst, a consulting firm providing program and staff development services to school districts, municipalities and non-profits. He also serves as a managing partner in Football Mentality, LLC, a professional development company providing football-inspired team building, leadership and performance training to organizations across the globe.
Born in Rochester, Williams a standout student-athlete in high school, attended Syracuse University on a full athletic scholarship. He graduated with a degree in Speech Communications with a minor in Management from the Whitman School of Management. He also attended Newhouse School of Public Communications to pursue his master in public relations.
After a stellar college football career, Williams was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 1998 and began to pay immediate dividends, winning the team’s Rookie of the Year award. The following year, he caught seven touchdown passes in an explosive offense known as “the greatest show on turf,” that racked up one of the highest point totals in NFL history while becoming the first team ever to go from last place to winning a Super Bowl in one season.
Williams also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, where he won an AFC Championship in 2004. Throughout his NFL career, Williams maintained a strong commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others. For more than a decade, he ran a free summer educational sports camp for thousands of high-risk teens in his hometown, distributed more than 1,000 computers, made financial contributions and spoke at numerous schools, churches and youth organizations across the nation. For his humanitarian efforts, philanthropy and community contributions, Williams has received many awards and accolades, including the Press-Radio Club Pro Athlete of the Year award, two-time winner of the Oakland Raiders Man of the Year Award and a multi-year semi-finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for philanthropy and citizenship. After suffering a career-ending injury in 2005, he retired from professional football and dove into his passions as a sports analyst, motivational speaker, author and social entrepreneur committed to helping teens in poverty overcome barriers and maximize their potential. His “Extreme Mentoring & Empowerment Model” is accomplishing academic and social outcomes with high-risk teens in poverty.
Williams is a proud father of three sons and enjoys writing and yoga.