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TJC's Caleb Williams: A Hurricane Katrina success story

TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - Whether in the weight room, or on the field, Caleb Williams' life is football

"Football is my everything."

His football dream, started out with a nightmare, seven years ago in New Orleans.

"I lived in the 9th ward and when Hurricane Katrina hit, I left a day early with my brother and his family," said Williams, a freshman defensive back at TJC. "We went to Houston, Austin and Dallas, because we did not know where to stay."

Williams would not see his parents for more than a week.

"It was amazing when I saw them, I just went straight in their arms."

Williams and his family lived in a hotel in Dallas before a church group gave them an opportunity.

They helped him relocate to Tyler, where he enrolled at Bishop TK Gorman Regional Catholic School

"Coming from New Orleans, it was a real academic challenge, but he met the challenge," said Reverend Jerome Milton, the athletic scholarships coordinator at Gorman. "I very surprised how he fit in academically, but also socially and culturally."

But it didn't stop there.

Williams became a success on gridiron as well.

And it was football that paved his way to TJC, where he became the first in his family to go to college.

"I am in college playing football, it is everyone's dream," said Williams. "I just have to keep working hard and moving forward."

"He is a credit to his family, he is a credit to our school and community here at Bishop Gorman and I think he is a credit to Tyler and Smith county," said Milton. "We all feel good, not letting the giants get him down."

Even the giant hurricane, the one that took one home from him, couldn't keep him down.

It simply gave him the opportunity to find another home.

"He was misplaced, so he could be placed, so he could do bigger and better things," said Milton.

"I miss home so much, but I thank God he put me here," said Williams. "I just love Texas, it is a blessing to be in the position I am right now."

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