Interview with J.R. Williams (@JR_5_ill_will )

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Since I was six years old, I’ve been playing football and running back and line back. I played a little bit of QB as well. It was not until I turned nine years old that my Coach switched me to QB and safety. And ever since then, I played QB, and I love it so much.
Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
This sport has brought me a lot of incredible stories. The one that stands out the most was probably when I played in the Under Armor All American Game in Florida this past January. I stayed on the field the whole time, and my first play at QB, I took a boring game and made it exciting. It opened the door for so many other things. I’m a brand ambassador for TYR (sunglasses and athletic gear), City on My Chest Clothing, and other perks.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
The biggest tip I can give is to make sure you want to do this because there should be no burning out if you do. How can you get tired of going after what you want in life? My Dad makes sure I get what’s needed. For me, I have to stay focused!
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My Father has been the most significant help. He goes above and beyond and person in my life. He can work 10hrs and get off work and train with me. He’s putting the right people around me to succeed, and I’m forever grateful for that. Coach Laph Morrison is another person. He is the one that changed my position to QB. Dustin Johnson is my trainer. I call him Unk, but he always gives free games. I train with him at 5 am every morning and 7 pm every evening. Coach Bobby Wilder is another mentor of mine. He is a D1 Football Coach. He was the HC for ODU for nine years. It’s honestly too many people to name, but I can say I am grateful for them all.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
The most significant gift we can give anyone is inspiration. I get texts and DMs from old friends and people I don’t know telling me how they look up to me, and some of them who were not doing too good want to change their ways because they see what I am doing.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Life Lesson Quote – “No one cares” this has been something my Dad has put in my head since I was little. It’s not a bad thing. It’s more for motivation. It’s for not quitting. So a story for this is I was feeling tired from working out early in the morning. So my Dad spray-painted on the garage wall. “No one cares!!” If I was to tell my coach I was tired, he said, ok, next man up. This made me the player I am today.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
My Instagram is JR_5_ill_will, and my Twitter is @JR_williams5
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Youth Panelists have ranked me 10 out of 180 kids in the 8th grade playing the QB position in the nation and the #1 ranked kid from Virginia. Best 8th grade QB at Under Armor Camp in Baltimore, Deemed Under Armor MVP of UA All American game on January 22