Varsity Football · DNJ Story: Smyrna football’s Kellar Williams was ‘Shannon Strong’ during junior season


Cecil Joyce, Murfreesboro Daily News Journal Published 5:00 a.m. CT July 16, 2020

Smyrna’s Kellar Williams was accustomed to his biggest fan being one of the first to greet him – win or lose – after football games.

The 2019 football season was his first without his biggest fan and mother, Shannon Williams, who died months earlier from cancer.

“I definitely missed it,” Williams said of the support from his mom at games. “I remember we scrimmaged Shelbyville during the summer. When it was over, I thought I played well. I turned and looked for her and remembered, ‘Oh, she’s not here anymore. That was a hard adjustment. But I knew that she was watching me.”

Williams went on to have a stellar junior season for the Bulldogs and earned second-team all-area honors as an offensive lineman. The leadership and character he displayed during the season were also big factors in him being named the recipient of the  DNJ All-Sports Travis Weber Courage Award sponsored by Sir Pizza and Slim Chickens for 2019-20.

“He’s so deserving,” said Smyrna principal Sherri Southerland, who was also best friends with Shannon, who was the school’s drama teacher for more than two decades. “He is that kid that leads by example. You don’t have to coach him on how to be a leader. He does it by his behavior. Kellar is not someone… continue reading here