Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1970, Tyrone Williams came to Western directly out of high school after a spring break trip to London left a positive first impression of the team and campus. In 1988, Williams began playing with the Mustangs as a wide receiver. The following year, Williams played an important role in the Mustangs Vanier Cup win, catching five passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. This earned him game MVP status. Williams was a two-time All-Canadian and a key player during his four seasons with the Mustangs.
In 1992 Williams’ dreams of playing in the NFL were fulfilled when he was drafted to the Phoenix Cardinals in the ninth round of the NFL draft. Unfortunately Williams was dropped from the team during training camp, but the Dallas Cowboys quickly swept up the talented player. Though he never dressed for a game, the Cowboys won two Super Bowls while he was on the team. After being bounced around several other NFL teams, Williams headed back north to play with the Calgary Stampeders then the Toronto Argonauts. After a successful 1996 season in Toronto, Williams surprised many by retiring from professional football.