DJ Williams

D.J. on a roll

Former De La Salle High School graduate D.J. Williams always stood out on the football field for the Spartans. Now, he's just trying to keep up with his linebacker mates on the Denver Broncos.

That's no small task when you consider Williams is a member of a linebacking corps that includes Al Wilson and Ian Gold and is regarded as one of the best in the league.

"D.J.'s playing well," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said in a conference call with Bay Area media Wednesday. "He's, obviously, been playing well since he's been here. He's got a lot of athletic ability and he just seems to get more comfortable every time he's out there."


In the big time from preps to pros (DJ Williams Interview)

The Broncos starting outside linebacker grew up with his mother, stepfather and two sisters in the Bay Area. His biological father gave him another sister and two brothers - Worrell, 12th-ranked Cal's starting middle linebacker, and Jerwin, a linebacker who just transferred from Marshall to Division I-AA Sacramento State. D.J. went to nationally renowned De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., which he helped go 36-0 during the school's record 151-game winning streak. He was a three-year starting linebacker - and part-time fullback - at the University of Miami and became the Broncos' first-round pick, 17th overall, in 2004. Williams is single and lives in the Miami area in the offseason.

Klis: Most football fans know about two high school football teams: their own high school and De La Salle. How did you end up there?

Williams: I had a friend named Chris Hodoh. We played basketball growing up all through AAU, 10 years old on up. He went through Catholic schools and his father talked to my mother and said, "I'm going to send my son over here to play basketball." So I initially went to De La Salle to play basketball