As a rookie, it looked as if Williams was destined for greatness. The 5-8, 188 pound cornerback was off to a fast start in 2005, recording a sack, 8 passes defended, and two interceptions (one of which that was returned for a touchdown).
Well recognised by teams and coaches throughout the League, Williams was recognized as a first-team All-Rookie selection by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers Association.
In his second and tragically last season, Williams was the Broncos primary punter returner and started 14 games at cornerback. He finished the season with 88 tackles, 5 passes defended, 4 interceptions (returning of for a score) and a forced fumble.
Shortly after the season finale against the San Francisco 49ers, Darrent Williams was murdered. A young and raising star was lost.
"Losing a fine young man such as Darrent Williams leaves me speechless with sadness," said then-Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan. We all know that Darrent was an excellent player, but as a person, he was a first class young man who brightened every room with his smile, attitude and personality. I cannot express how heartsick I feel at this loss. All of our players and coaches are completely shocked by this terrible tragedy, and my deepest condolences go out to the entire Williams family."Williams was loved by all of his teammates and every fan of the Denver Broncos. We all mourn the loss of Williams and request that the Denver Broncos put him in the team's Ring of Fame in honor and remembrance of him.