Clevan Williams was born on June 30, 1980 in Gulfport, Miss. ... Named first-team All-District as junior and senior at Bay St. Louis (Miss.) High School, playing both quarterback and safety ... As a senior, posted 600 yards on 80 carries and four touchdowns while throwing for more than 750 yards and three touchdowns ... Tallied over 1,200 yards in total offense and scored 12 touchdowns as a junior ... Supported the African- American Adoption Agency during the 2006 season ... Has donated football equipment to his high school alma mater, Bay St. Louis High ... Named Grand Marshal for the 2003 Mardi Gras Festivities Parade in Bay St. Louis, which was attended by more than 15,000 people ... Aspires to a career in real estate or broadcasting following his football-playing days ... Graduated with a degree in political science in June 2002.
2008 (0/0): Placed on injured reserve on Aug. 9 due to a knee injury suffered in the preseason opener and missed the entire 2008 season.
GP/GS (Playoffs): 70/59 (4/4)
- Williams joined the Patriots in 2008 as a veteran of six NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans (2002-05) and Minnesota Vikings (2006-07).
- Williams enters the 2009 season having played in 70 career games with 59 starts and has recorded 303 career tackles (232 solo), 4.5 sacks, five interceptions for 14 yards, 27 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He has also blocked two field goals.
- Williams spent the first four years of his career in Tennessee (2002-05), starting all 57 games in which he appeared over that span, recording 285 tackles (220 solo), 4.5 sacks and five interceptions.
- As a rookie in 2002, Williams started every game for the Titans and totaled 69 tackles, posting at least five tackles in a game eight times, and recording an interception, 10 passes defensed and adding a strip-sack that resulted in a fumble return for a touchdown against Indianapolis. He also blocked a field goal in the 2002 regular season finale.
- In 2003, Williams once again started every game and finished fourth on the Titans with 81 tackles, helping Tennessee lead the NFL in rushing defense.
- In 2005, Williams started every game for the Titans and led all Tennessee defensive backs with a career-high 83 tackles.
2007 (13/2 - Minnesota): Started a pair of games, at Dallas (10/21) and vs. Philadelphia (10/28) ... Led the Vikings with four tackles for loss at Dallas (10/21) and had eight tackles on the day ... His start at Dallas was his first since the 2005 season final with Tennessee.
2006 (0/0 - Minnesota): Spent the entire season on injured reserve after fracturing his left knee in training camp ... Signed with the Vikings as an unrestricted free agent on 3/23/06.
2005 (16/16 - Tennessee): Started all 16 games for the Titans and led all defensive backs with a career-high 83 tackles ... Tied for fourth on the team with seven passes defensed ... In the season opener, posted a career-high 10 tackles at Pittsburgh (9/11) ... Posted four tackles, a pass defensed, and picked off Marc Bulger at St. Louis (9/25) ... Recorded eight tackles vs. Cincinnati (10/16) ... Matched his career high with 10 tackles vs. Houston (12/11) and also blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt by Kris Brown in the fourth quarter with the score tied at 10 in a game that the Titans went on to win 13-10 ... Registered nine tackles, a pass defensed, and a fumble recovery that led to a Titans field goal at Miami (12/24).
2004 (9/9 - Tennessee): Had a promising season cut short by injury ... Started the opening nine games of the season before suffering a knee injury vs. Chicago (11/14) ... Placed on injured reserve on Nov. 29 ... In season opener at Miami (9/11), posted six tackles and two passes defensed and helped the Titans limit Miami to 65 yards rushing ... Intercepted Brett Favre and returned it 13 yards and recovered a Donald Driver fumble and returned it 28 yards in Monday Night Football game at Green Bay (10/11) to earn a spot on the MNF Horse Trailer ... Sacked David Carr and forced a fumble on the play vs. Houston (10/17) and added six tackles ... Matched career high with nine tackles vs. Chicago (11/14) before suffering a knee injury.
2003 (16/16, 2/2 - Tennessee): Started all 16 games and finished fourth on the team with 81 tackles ... Helped Titans finish first in the NFL against the run ... Tipped a field goal attempt by Jeff Reed at Pittsburgh (9/28) that bounced off crossbar and also pressured Tommy Maddox to force an interception ... Posted eight tackles and a 0.5 sacks of Tom Brady at New England (10/5) ... Recorded a career-high nine tackles vs. Houston (10/12) ... Posted a career-high two interceptions vs. Tampa Bay (12/28) when he picked off Brad Johnson twice ... Started both playoff games, including a Wild Card game at Baltimore (1/3/04) when the Titans held Jamal Lewis to 35 yards rushing.
2002 (16/16, 2/2 - Tennessee): Started every game as a rookie and registered 69 tackles ... Posted five or more tackles in eight games on the season ... Made six tackles in his NFL debut vs. Philadelphia (9/8) ... Recorded a season-high 8 tackles at Dallas (9/15) ... Registered five tackles and a 0.5 sacks of David Garrard vs. Jacksonville (10/13) ... Posted a sack of Peyton Manning that caused a fumble at Indianapolis (11/3), which was recovered by Keith Bulluck and returned 61 yards for a TD and forced FB Jim Finn to fumble, which resulted in Titans field goal ... Posted his first career interception vs. Indianapolis (12/8) when he picked off Peyton Manning in the end zone ... Blocked a Kris Brown field goal attempt in the season finale at Houston (12/29) ... Started both playoff contests and posted 9 tackles.
All-American first-team selection at Stanford, becoming the first defensive back in school history to earn national first-team honors ... Was a four-year letterman ... Finished his college career with 203 tackles, 5.0 sacks, nine interceptions and 18 passes defensed ... Earned firstteam All-Pac-10 honors as a senior ... Tied for third in the conference with five interceptions and finished second on the team with 68 tackles ... Earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors as a junior ... Played in nine games with six starts at free safety as a sophomore ... Played in 10 games as a true freshman.
- Tank took part in the 2007 and 2006 NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program, attending classes at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 2007 and attending at his alma mater, Stanford, in 2006.
- Tank's given name is Clevan, but he was nicknamed "Tank" growing up because he drank so much milk as a kid that his sister told his mother that she should "give him a tank of milk instead of a bottle."
Tank Williams was signed by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 6, 2008 ... Originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round (45th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft ... Placed on injured reserve with a knee injury (11/29/04) ... Signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an unrestricted free agent (3/23/06) ... Placed on injured reserve with a knee injury (8/7/06) ... Released by the Vikings (3/2/07) ... Re-signed by the Vikings (3/3/07) ... Placed on injured reserve with a knee injury (8/9/08) ... Re-signed by the Patriots (3/16/09).