Sam Williams, President & Founder

The image that comes to mind when thinking about the life of a former NFL player can be one of strength, power, and aggression. Often, however, the reality is that behind the mask and under the shoulder pads lives a caring heart that hopes for the same thing as everyone else: to make a difference and leave a lasting legacy. Sam Williams, former linebacker and special teams player for the Oakland Raiders, is the perfect example of such a person. He has long been aware of the value of lending a helping hand and forging a path that is all his own. Through Tackling The Odds, Williams has the honor of speaking to kids who are often in difficult situations. “I’m able to share with them some simple tools that helped me along my journey in life. “It’s a great feeling to get thank you letters or to see how thankful they are in person” he muses. Sam Williams is the portrait of a man who has worked hard to achieve what he has, but has never forgotten his roots. Behind the sounds of clashing helmets on the football field and images of a rough and tough linebacker lies a fierce loyalty to leaving a positive mark on the world.

Our Boards and Advisors


               Joel Dean, Board Member

               Joel Dean, Board Member

              Joe Rainero, Board Member

              Joe Rainero, Board Member

            Rebecca Corman, Board Member

            Rebecca Corman, Board Member

        Mollie Westphal, Board Member

        Mollie Westphal, Board Member

          Candice Williams, Board Member

          Candice Williams, Board Member

       Nitin Yenigalla, AdvisoryBoard Member

       Nitin Yenigalla, AdvisoryBoard Member