Last Sunday’s New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans game meant something special to brothers Quincy and Quinnen Williams.
The Williams brothers play on the defensive end for the New York football team, Quincy as a linebacker and Quinnen as a defensive tackle. The Jets recruited Quincy from the Jacksonville Jaguars right after preseason, needing a top-tier linebacker. Now, the brothers get to play on the field with one another for the first time since they played at Wenonah High School in Birmingham, Alabama.
But the Williams brothers dedicated Sunday’s game to a very important person: Their mother. According to ESPN, Marquischa Henderson Williams died of breast cancer in 2010, when she was just 37 years old. She passed away days before Quincy’s 14th birthday, while Quinnen was only 12. The brothers’ grandmother took them in and raised them after that.
Quincy told SportsNet New York that Sunday’s win against the Tennessee Titans goes out to his mother. He even put a necklace on after the game that has a picture of her inside it. Quinnen has a matching necklace, and the pair wear them whenever they’re not playing.
Right after the Jets’ 27-24 overtime win, both Williams brothers ran to the stands to embrace their grandmother. The official New York Jets Twitter page tweeted a photo of the heartwarming interaction. You can see the pure love and emotion that the trio has for each other in the pic.
“The first person @quincywilliams_ & @QuinnenWilliams found after the game: their grandmother who raised them after their mom’s passing,” the football team captioned the post.
This is what sports are all about. Not just the adrenaline and rush from playing or watching. But also the heart and soul that players throw into it, putting their bodies on the line while showing their appreciation for a place or person. We love to see it.
New York Jets and NFL Teams Up With American Cancer Society for Cancer-Fighting Campaign
Another reason why the Williams brothers dedicated Sunday’s game to their mother is that it was a “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” game.
Crucial Catch is the name of a campaign started by the NFL in partnership with the American Cancer Society to promote early detection and risk reduction. Per the league’s website, the campaign founders “are committed to providing individuals with the tools they need to help them better understand early detection and ways to reduce their cancer risk.”
Every NFL team hosts a Crucial Catch game each year to raise awareness about cancer. Sunday was the Jets’ game, and they brought out three children who are also cancer survivors to serve as honorary captains for the team.
Per ESPN, Quinnen Williams has been actively involved with the Crucial Catch campaign ever since it started.