Antwione Williams
LB #52
Georgia Southern
Lovejoy, GA

No Data

No Seasons Found

No Data

No Seasons Found

No Data


The Lions’ fifth-round (169 overall) selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, Williams contributed on defense and special teams in his rookie season and brings youth to the team’s revamped position group.


  • Pronunciation: ANNE-twan


  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (169th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Lions’ fifth-round (169 overall) selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, Williams contributed on defense and special teams in his rookie season and brings youth to the team’s revamped position group.

2016: Appeared in his first career game in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11), recording one special teams tackle.

  • Made his first career start at outside linebacker in Week 2 against Tennessee (9/18), logging three tackles (one solo), including a tackle for loss. Also recorded one special teams tackle before leaving the game early due to a thigh injury.
  • Inactive in Week 3 at Green Bay (9/25).
  • Started at linebacker and recorded two solo tackles in Week 4 at Chicago (10/2).
  • In Week 7 against Washington (10/23), combined for two tackles (one solo).
  • In Week 8 at Houston (10/30), made two solo tackles and took down Texans TE Ryan Griffin for a one-yard tackle for loss. Also combined for a career-high two special teams tackles.
  • Recorded one tackle and his first-career quarterback hurry on Vikings QB Sam Bradford in Week 9 at Minnesota (11/6).
  • Made his first career fumble recovery in Week 11 against Jacksonville (11/20). Also recorded three solo tackles.
  • In Week 12 against Minnesota on Thanksgiving (11/24), combined for four tackles in the Lions’ 16-13 victory.
  • Recorded two solo tackles in Week 13 at New Orleans (12/4) in his third start of the season.
  • Inactive in Week 17 vs. Green Bay (1/1).
  • Inactive in the Wild Card game at Seattle (1/7).

After a promising start in 2012, Williams was sidelined with a season-ending injury in 2013. Williams bounced back strong in 2014 and never looked back finishing his career at Georgia Southern with 205 tackles (110 solo), 19.5 tackles for loss, 10 pass defenses and six forced fumbles.

2015: Started all 13 games and recorded a team-leading 107 tackles on the season. Williams recorded 10.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, three pass defenses and another team-leading four forced fumbles. Was named to the All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention team.

  • Tallied a season-high 12 tackles against Appalachian State.
  • Notched nine tackles in four games: The Citadel, Idaho, New Mexico State and Georgia.
  • Had sacks in four games.
  • Forced a fumble in three games.
  • Finished the season with a strong showing against Bowling Green in the GoDaddy Bowl with 10 tackles.

2014: Started all 12 games and was named to the All-Sun Belt Honorable Mention team. Was Georgia Southern’s second-leading tackler with 65.

  • Logged a season-high 10 tackles against Georgia Tech.
  • Posted season highs against Savannah State and Georgia State with two tackles for loss.
  • Also recorded a season-high two sacks in the Georgia State game.
  • Tallied two pass defenses against Idaho.

2013: Was redshirted due to injury.

2012: Played in 14 games, totaling 32 tackles for the year.

  • Started three games against Howard, Georgia and North Dakota State University.
  • Recorded five tackles in four games: Samford, Furman, Howard and Georgia.

2011: Played in 11 games, starting three. Totaled 25 tackles on the season with one for loss.

  • Had a very productive game against Alabama with nine tackles.
  • Had three tackles consecutive weeks against Tusculum and Western Carolina.
  • Started in the FCS playoff game against Maine.

Two-time all-region selection in high school. Named all-county and All-South Crescent in 2009 and 2010. Posted 63 tackles, three sacks, four interceptions, eight pass defenses, two blocked kicks and a touchdown. Had eight tackles for loss and 49 assisted tackles.

  • Full name is Leander Antwione Williams
  • Born in Birmingham, Ala.
  • Parents are Leander and Jacqueline Williams.
  • Has one brother, Marquis and one sister, Jacqueline.
  • Graduated from Georgia Southern with a degree in psychology.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Postgame 1 on 1: Antwione Williams

    Posted Aug 31, 2017

    Tory Petry talks with LB Antwione Williams on the FOX 2 Postgame show about receiving significant playing time in the fourth preseason game.

  • Williams on playing hard

    Posted Aug 31, 2017

    LB Antwione Williams talks about how he isn't worried about where he falls on the depth chart and is focused on working hard with every opportunity he gets.

  • Williams on playing at an elevated intensity

    Posted Aug 5, 2017

    LB Antwione Williams talks about his hit on TJ Jones and the extra intensity players brought to the mock game.

  • Williams on Week 2 responsibilities

    Posted Sep 16, 2016

    LB Antwione Williams talks about his responsibilities for Week 2 as well as what he learned throughout the preseason.

  • Williams on his versatility

    Posted Aug 15, 2016

    LB Antwione Williams talks about adjusting to the NFL and how he's prepared to play in any situation.