Third time’s a charm: Stampeders bring back American DB Darius Williams

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The Calgary Stampeders have brought back American defensive back Darius Williams for a third stint with the club.

Williams participated in Calgary’s 2022 training camp and played in both pre-season games, recording an interception in the Stamps’ win over the Edmonton Elks. He was released as part of final roster cuts last week.

He originally signed with the Stampeders on Feb. 13, 2020, but was released on Feb. 8, 2021. Williams went on to play for the Sea Lions of The Spring League in 2021, before rejoining the Stampeders. He began his professional career as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 2019.

In college, Williams played 50 games over four seasons at Colorado State-Pueblo. He was a first-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference all-star in each of his four seasons and finished his ThunderWolves career tied for second in school history with 17 interceptions. He returned six of those interceptions for touchdowns and had at least one pick-six in each of his four seasons at CSU-Pueblo.

Williams recorded a total of 179 tackles including 17.5 tackles for loss and also had five sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries including one returned for a touchdown and 42 pass breakups.