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Jamal Williams, Jerry Attaochu Share Unique Ties

Posted May 21, 2014

Jerry Attaochu looks to follow in Jamal Williams' footsteps.

It didn’t take long for second-round pick Jerry Attaochu to realize he’d long be linked to former Chargers standout Jamal Williams.

Not only were both second round picks, but Williams actually announced Attaochu’s selection from the stage of Radio City Music Hall on May 9.  However, those are not the most ironic similarities they share. The most unique bond between the two defenders is that they both hail from the same high school.  Based in our Nation’s Capital, Archbishop John Carroll High School has only produced a handful of NFL players.   A proud alum, Attaochu relishes the opportunity to follow in Williams’ footsteps by suiting up for the same team in America’s Finest City.

“It’s awesome that he played here after we both went to the same high school,” said Attaochu.  “I realized it right away after I was drafted. And the fact that he read my draft card, I was stoked to meet him.  I walked up to him and shook his hand and it was awesome.  He was excited to meet me too which made it even more special.”

Last night marked the first time the two had seen each other since the night Williams announced Attaochu’s name as the newest member of the Chargers.  Both in attendance at Donald Butler’s charity bowling event in San Diego, the two men ended up spending a large portion of the night swapping stories and talking ball.

 “That was cool to meet him and I really enjoyed talking with him,” said Williams.  “He’s a nice young man and from what I know and have heard, I think he’s going to be a great success story for the Chargers.  He works hard so I think San Diego will accept him right away and support him.  I believe he’ll do some big things out here.”

Williams starred over 12 seasons for the Bolts. He recorded 310 tackles, 13 sacks and three forced fumbles in addition to being committed to the dirty work that freed up his teammates.  As a result, he was a three-time All Pro selection, three-time Pro Bowler and a member of the Chargers 50th Anniversary Team. Attaochu doesn’t feel pressure to live up to Williams’ big shoes.  However, he acknowledges a desire to add to the nose tackles’ legacy even though they play different positions.  Hearing him say that meant a lot to Williams.

“I respect him tremendously,” he said.  “He comes from a great high school and while it’s not big, we have a lot of tradition.  Hearing him say he wants to live up to that makes me proud.  I’m glad he came to a great city, a great town and a great team for him to display his talents.  I can’t wait for him to show San Diego what they drafted and what they’re about to get.”



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