Scrambling after a dropped snap, with bowl eligibility on the line, the third string quarterback completed a 13 yard run for the go ahead touchdown score. This was arguably the play of the season for the Utah State Aggies reserve player, thrown into action due to injury to other teammates higher than him on the depth chart. Little was it known that this signature moment would then be followed by a life changing tract of a decision.
Utah State Aggies QB to serve his country
Following a week in which he was names the Mountain West Player of the Week, Levi Williams sat down with the KSL Sports radio show and made a more important, and personal announcement. The Utah State Aggies junior would not be returning for a senior season, and will instead be preparing for US Navy SEAL training.
The timeline works better for him to go down his route now, instead of waiting. He will commence training for one of the toughest physical tests of his life. A timed athletic endurance series that involves swimming, running, and calisthenics. If everything goes according to plan, he will be ready to become a US Navy SEAL officer in 2025.
I love football and it’s so great. But I knew that, eventually, it was going to come to an end
After a discussion with his fiancee, and likely a lot of reflection during a busy and hectic football season, Williams decided that now was the best time to pursue another dream and goal of his, to serve in the US military.
Utah State Aggies QB family history
Becoming a member of one of the branches was likely on his mind from a young age. As the son and grandson of people that paved the way with their service, their dedication was not only something that Williams admired, but likely always wanted to emulate himself.
His mother had served in the Army, his grandparents had served in two separate branches, the Army and Navy respectively.
It’s always been in my heart my entire life. People in the military are always what I want to emulate, because they’re some of the best people, best teams on the planet.
Considering his family had served, and many military members were prevalent role models in his life, it makes sense that he now views it as his turn to not only sacrifice of himself, but also someone that knows how his actions will reflect on his family and the US Navy SEALS.
Levi Willaims’ path and decision that brought him here
As a 3-star recruit out of Texas, the 6’5 quarterback was known as dual threat, big play potential playmaker, not unlike a predecessor from the same school, Josh Allen. An athletic, big build, he had a knack to make plays with his feet, and offer punishing runs for opposing defenders that were trying to slow him down.
After the Covid year, in which he started the final five games, Williams needed a change. This telling quote, from even then helps to explain his most recent decision.
Towards the end of the season, I figured out that it just wasn’t a place that I wanted to be in. Being surrounded by people who can mentor me in the way that I want to be mentored.
Easy to see what he values, and what takes priority for him. After the Utah State Aggies play in their bowl game, Williams will forfeit his remaining year of eligibility, a decision that he is not likely to look back on or regret.