The name may not bring back a flooding sea of memories. For most younger Dolphins fans, the name may not be remembered at all. But when you go back to the days of Don Shula, Dan Marino, and Jim Kelly, the name is well remembered. Jarvis Williams, a former Miami Dolphins safety is dead at the age of 45.
Williams paired with collegiate teammate Louis Oliver to form the Dolphins safety tandem who seemed to battle the Buffalo Bills and Jim Kelly’s offense every year for the division and what seemed and endless battle during the playoffs. Williams played for the Dolphins from 1989 to 1993 after being selected by the Phins in round 2 of the 1989 draft.
While Williams never made a huge name for himself as an NFL player, as a collegiate player he was dominating. Ranked among the best in Florida Gator history. He finished his college career with 10 interceptions and his NFL career with 16.
A hard hitting converted corner-back, Williams started 72 games for the Dolphins in his 5 year career before moving on to the Giants for a 6th season. Details of his death are still in question as some are reporting that he suffered a heart attack and others are reporting that he died of respiratory failure.
Williams is the 3rd former Dolphins player to have died in the last month. Norman Hand died on March 14th at 37 and Nick Rogers on May 4th from an auto accident.