DITR: OLB Kiniaki Williams, Jewel Summer High School (Kentwood, LA)

There are high school football players that represent perseverance and the genuine passion of the game. One of them is Jewel Summer High School’s Kiniaki Williams, a strong offensive linebacker whose success on the field is a tribute to the strength of determination.

With a height of 5’10” and a weight of 186 pounds, Kiniaki has an intimidating presence on the field. Ever since he started playing football in the sixth grade, he was certain to make a lasting impression on the game.

However, this season posed a formidable challenge for Kiniaki as he faced the adversity of an ankle injury that sidelined him from the game. Despite being unable to play, Kiniaki’s impact on his team was undeniable. His absence was felt on the field, where his hard hits and ability to read plays before they unfolded were much missed.

It was at this time of adversity that Kiniaki demonstrated his determination, which is his strength. Instead of giving up, he focused on getting better and underwent intense training to come out of his injury stronger than ever.

For Kiniaki, football is more than just a game; it’s an essential component of community and family. There’s a feeling of unity among his teammates that unites them in their shared goal of winning and being the best every time they take the field.

He serves as a reminder to all of us that genuine strength isn’t just measured in tackles and scores, but also in the courage to rise again and become even stronger than before.

How did you get started in football, and what inspired you to play the sport?

I got started watching Todd Gurley he inspired me to play. 

Can you share a memorable moment or game that stands out in your football career so far?

 First game in high school I made a tackle and slammed him.   

What positions do you enjoy playing the most, and why?

I enjoy playing LB the most cause I like to hit.   

How do you balance schoolwork and football during the season?

Get my school work done first then football.   

What aspects of your game do you feel you have improved upon the most since you started playing?

The thinking part of the game.

What are your individual goals for the upcoming football season?

Break the record for most tackles.   

Are there any professional football players you look up to, and if so, why? 

Bobby Wagner his play style his ability to cover and come down and make a hit.   

How do you stay motivated during practices and training sessions, especially when facing tough drills or exercises?

I stay motivated cause I wanna play the game I like the competition.    

What advice would you give to other young players? 

The more you work the better you get.   

Aside from football, what is an interesting fact about you? 

I ride dirt bikes and play games.   

Which college would you most like to play for? 


What are your biggest strengths on the field?

Being able to come and make a big hit.   

What is the biggest challenge you face on the field? 


How has playing football impacted other areas of your life, such as academics and personal life?

I don’t really do other things no more cause I’m always tryna get better at the game.