Parker High QB Chris Williams inspires team after tragedy

Parker High School: "Never Give Up"

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It’s a sight Chris Williams never thought he’d see.

“I was there when it happened. You see stuff like this on the news, but you never think it could happen to you,” Williams said.

Last Wednesday, the Parker High School sophomore quarterback’s home caught fire and nearly burnt everything inside. Although him and his family lost almost everything they owned, everyone made it out safe.

“It’s tough. I didn’t want to show my face, or go to school, but stuff like this is part of life,” Williams said.

Parker High School quarterback Chris Williams played in a football game 18 hours after his family's home caught fire.
Parker High School quarterback Chris Williams played in a football game 18 hours after his family's home caught fire. (Christina Chambers)

Eighteen hours after his home caught fire, Williams was expected to play in the Thundering Herd’s football game against Fairfield.

At first, he said no, but at 3 p.m. last Thursday, he changed his mind.

“I just wanted to be with my family, but when I thought about it, I realized I couldn’t let my team down,” Williams said.

His decision to play has since had a lasting impression on his team.

“It’s taking over because we’ve seen players fall, but we picking them back up and they getting up on their own because we love each other we’re brothers,” said offensive lineman Anthony Pettaway.

“One thing I’ve learned with him coming back is his spirit and desire to come back and help this team. It’s inspired them and us to want to do better and want to play better,” said Parker head coach Andre Robinson.

Willams threw a career-high four touchdowns last Thursday en route to a 48-14 victory over Fairfield. The message Williams learned: “Never give up, never give up no matter the tragedy."

Williams may have lost pictures and clothes, but clearly not his determination. “I may not have some of my belongings, but I can help lead this team to the playoffs and that’s what I want to do,” said Williams.

Parker plays Briarwood Christian on Friday night.

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