"It is a sacrifice for sure, but I knew that putting myself through this program would be worth it in the end," Williams told Kristian Dyer, of Yahoo Sports. "Housing wasn't included in the fee I paid, so I traded in my car for this minivan. I eat in it, sleep in it. I park it overnight at a nearby hotel so that I am safe. No one has bothered me yet."
Daryl McKeever, the head coach of Holy Family's men's and women's track and field teams, remembers Williams as a bright, studious athlete, who majored in business management and marketing.
"Rashid came in as a very clean-cut, very reserved, quiet young man. He really blossomed here at Holy Family," he said. "He became very outgoing. He was known in a favorable light by everyone."
Holy Family doesn't have a football team, but McKeever recalled that Williams was either a defensive back or receiver in high school at Harrisburg High.
"He definitely had speed," said McKeever. "He started off as a freshman running the 400 meters and then he got down to the short dashes, the 60 and 100. He had a wonderful physique. Really cut."
As for the way Williams is going about reaching his goal? McKeever wouldn't bet against him.
"Rashid takes on tasks very seriously," McKeever said. "That's why he was such a good student here. He really puts his mind into his work. And so, if he's decided that he wants to make a team, he's going to try to research it and get the resources. That's just the kind of person he is.
One of eight children, Williams told Yahoo that his father died a couple of years ago and that he would help his mother and siblings if he caught on with an NFL team.