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Williams ready to take football talents to Alma

ALPENA, Mich. — Feb. 3 is National Signing Day. On this day, many high school athletes across the country sign their National Letter of Intent to not only play college sports, but to continue their education. Alpena’s Charlie Williams made his signing a big surprise to not only the media, but to his friends and family. During his speech, he announced that he will be taking his football talents to Alma College next season.

Ever since he was a little kid, he always wanted to play college football. Fast forward to now, he turned that fantasy into a reality.

“This day means everything to me,” said Williams. “I’ve been playing football since third grade. I’ve always wanted to further my education and to play college ball, just like my Dad.”

Charlie had five schools to choose from. He had to choose between Olivet, Alma, Adrian, Finlandia, and Benedictine. Out of the five schools, Williams thought Alma was the best choice for him.

“This was honestly the hardest decision I’ve made in my life,” said Williams. “Alma has a great coaching staff. One of the things I liked about Alma is that they go to church before the game and we would all walk down to the game together. The atmosphere of the college was overpowering. I just knew that this was the place that was going to make me the man I’m supposed to be.”

In his two seasons of varsity football, Williams played on both sides of the ball. As a running back, he rushed for 324 yards along with two touchdowns. Defensively, he finished his high school football career with 24 tackles. In the classroom, Williams will be majoring in Criminal Justice.