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Boston College running back Andre Williams was drafted on Saturday afternoon in the 4th Round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.
His selection breaks a brief one-year drought for Boston College Eagles in the draft, who had not had a draft pick since Luke Kuechly in 2012 at Radio City. Andre Williams is also the first Eagles running back to be drafted since William Green went 16th overall to the Cleveland Browns in 2002.
Williams, the 2013 Doak Walker Award winner and a Heisman trophy finalist last December, the first of the maroon and gold to make the New York ceremony since Doug Flutie in 1984, is the new all-time rushing leader in Boston College history, having had arguably the best season ever for an Eagles running back.
This tremendous personal accomplishment helped catapult Williams into the Draft, where he was widely regarded to be a fourth or fifth-round selection, despite criticism about his pass-catching abilities.
It is unclear at this point what Williams’ role on the Giants will be, but the important thing is that he will get a shot in the National Football League. He does so on a team that has plenty of Boston College connections, including Tom Coughlin, Mark Herzlich, and Mathias Kiwanuka, amongst others.
The entire Boston College community congratulates Andre Williams on making it to the NFL and thanks him for representing our school.