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Rochester native and former NFL player reflects on Super Bowl win

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Rochester, NY (WROC) — Roland Williams belongs to a select group: the relative few who will watch the Super Bowl having already won it.

He played for the Saint Louis Rams when they defeated the Tennessee Titans in 2000.

Williams grew up in Rochester and though he now lives in Los Angeles he remains committed to his hometown through Champion Academy which he founded to help urban kids struggling with the trauma of violence.

“For me, I grew up in the 19th Ward. I had places like the Boys and Girls Club or the place right up the road, I had a place to be a part of, part of Teens on Patrol, so there was journey after journey and being able to participate in different organizations that have been very helpful,” Williams said.

In an interview with News 8, Williams said the Super Bowl always brings back memories.

“One of the most transformative years of my life was playing with the St. Louis Rams and winning that Super Bowl,” Williams said. “We were called the Greatest Show on Turf back then, now we’re all old and we still hold those memories and love the game so much so it’s always a great time of year.”

As chance would have it after he moved to Los Angeles his old team did the same opening up a host of opportunities.

“Didn’t have a clue that the Rams would be coming, but what an amazing gift for me, for my children, for my family, for the Rams to come and I have a chance to be part of the organization now. I also do broadcasts for ABC 7, number 2 market in the country, I do Monday Night Football, I do all the Rams broadcasts and whatnot, just really provides me a chance to stay engaged stay involved, my sons and their friends get watch and I think that’s pretty cool,” Williams said.

​ Rochester, NY (WROC) — Roland Williams belongs to a select group: the relative few who will watch the Super Bowl having already won it.

He played for the Saint Louis Rams when they defeated the Tennessee Titans in 2000.

Williams grew up in Rochester and though he now lives in Los Angeles he remains committed to his hometown through Champion Academy which he founded to help urban kids struggling with the trauma of violence.

“For me, I grew up in the 19th Ward. I had places like the Boys and Girls Club or the place right up the road, I had a place to be a part of, part of Teens on Patrol, so there was journey after journey and being able to participate in different organizations that have been very helpful,” Williams said.

In an interview with News 8, Williams said the Super Bowl always brings back memories.

“One of the most transformative years of my life was playing with the St. Louis Rams and winning that Super Bowl,” Williams said. “We were called the Greatest Show on Turf back then, now we’re all old and we still hold those memories and love the game so much so it’s always a great time of year.”

As chance would have it after he moved to Los Angeles his old team did the same opening up a host of opportunities.

“Didn’t have a clue that the Rams would be coming, but what an amazing gift for me, for my children, for my family, for the Rams to come and I have a chance to be part of the organization now. I also do broadcasts for ABC 7, number 2 market in the country, I do Monday Night Football, I do all the Rams broadcasts and whatnot, just really provides me a chance to stay engaged stay involved, my sons and their friends get watch and I think that’s pretty cool,” Williams said. Read More NewsRochesterFirst  

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