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Will Demps

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Will Demps
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Will Demps at the New York Giants 2007 training camp.
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Personal information
Born: (1979-11-07) November 7, 1979 (age 44)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Highland (Palmdale, California)
College:San Diego State
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-MWC (2000, 2001)
Career NFL statistics

William Henry Demps, Jr. (born November 7, 1979) is a former American football safety who was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football at San Diego State. He is also the close cousin of top prospect Brody Demps.

Demps also played for the New York Giants and Houston Texans. He is the older brother of former NFL safety Marcus Demps.

Early life[edit]

He was born in South Carolina to a Korean mother and African American father, but moved to California. He went to Highland High School, located in Palmdale, California. As a child he also lived on Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California.

College career[edit]

Demps was a walk-on who was a two-year starter at San Diego State University where he was also a member of Sigma Pi fraternity.[1] He was a two-time All-Mountain West first-team selection. During his college career, Demps recorded 229 career tackles (135 solo), including 15 tackles for loss, and five interceptions.

Demps played primarily on special teams as a red-shirt freshman. He majored in Information Decision Systems.

Demps posted 140 tackles (125 solo) and one interception as a sophomore in 1999. He recorded his first career interception and returned it 73 yards for a touchdown against Wyoming. Demps also had five tackles, including one tackle for a loss against the Cowboys.

Demps started all 11 games at strong safety as a junior. He earned first-team All-Mountain West honors and finished second on the team and sixth in Mountain West with 97 tackles (51 solo). He also had two interceptions and led the team with 15 tackles for loss. He opened the season with 15 tackles (ten solo), including three tackles for a loss.

Demps started all 11 games at strong safety as a senior in 2001 and earned a second consecutive First-team All-Mountain West honors. He posted 92 tackles, including a career-high 59 solo, along with two interceptions.

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Demps went undrafted in the 2002 NFL Draft, but was signed by the Baltimore Ravens where he played from 2002 to 2005.

He played in 14 games, starting 10 after making the Ravens roster as a rookie free agent. He recorded 53 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and a game-saving interception vs. Jacksonville.

In 2003, Demps saw action in all 16 regular season games with nine starts for Ravens and recorded 59 total tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble. He made his first career post-season start in Baltimore's Wild Card loss to Tennessee.

In 2004, Demps started all 16 games for the first time in his career, tying for sixth on the team (Gary Baxter) with 86 tackles, including 72 solo. He also recorded 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception on the season. Demps notched career highs with 15 tackles, including 14 solo against the Bengals.

Demps started in all 11 games in which he played at free safety for Baltimore in 2005 before tearing his ACL and being placed on injured reserve on December 2, 2005. Before his injury, he tallied 70 tackles and two fumble recoveries, plus seven special teams tackles.

New York Giants[edit]

Demps was signed by the New York Giants in the offseason. He started all 16 games for the Giants in 2006.

Houston Texans[edit]

Demps was signed by the Houston Texans on September 11, 2007. He played in 15 games, starting the last 8 games of the season. He was named an AFC Pro Bowl alternate.

The Texans released Demps on February 25, 2009.

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2002 BAL 14 53 47 6 1.0 1 0 0 1 18 18 18 0 5
2003 BAL 16 44 35 9 0.0 1 0 0 2 57 29 54 0 5
2004 BAL 16 85 66 19 2.5 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 7
2005 BAL 11 52 48 4 0.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2006 NYG 16 100 74 26 1.0 1 2 0 2 30 15 29 0 7
2007 HOU 15 52 41 11 0.0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2008 HOU 9 32 20 12 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 97 418 331 87 4.5 7 8 0 6 105 18 54 0 30


Personal life[edit]

Will Demps at his Wet Willie's franchise Grand Opening, San Diego, 2010

Demps is the oldest brother of Marcus Demps. He occasionally works as a model in his spare time. He made an appearance in ex-Destiny's Child, Letoya Luckett's first solo video "Torn".

He lived in San Diego Bay and his home was featured in on the MTV show Cribs;[3] however, after being signed by the New York Giants he owned a home in Northern New Jersey. Demps can speak conversationally in Spanish and Korean.

Demps was also the owner of a Wet Willie's chain bar in San Diego, California, the first on the West Coast, which celebrated its Grand Opening on October 8, 2010, and featured dishes influenced by his mother's home cooking such as the Seoul tacos.[4][5][6] Demps hired a muralist to paint the walls with San Diego landmark scenes including Unconditional Surrender that stands next to the USS Midway Museum. Several of Demps's celebrity friends attended to show their support, including Shaun Phillips and Stephen Cooper of the San Diego Chargers, Carlos Emmons (formerly with the Steelers, Eagles and Giants) and Robert Griffith of the Minnesota Vikings. Demps and his friends sported pink scarves in honor of breast cancer awareness month and a few of the slushy daiquiri drinks sported names in reference to the issue including one by the name of "Save the Tatas."


  1. ^ Smith, Andrew (Winter 2002). "Sigma Pi on the Gridiron" (PDF). The Emerald of Sigma Pi. Vol. 88, no. 1. pp. 26–27.
  2. ^ "Will Demps Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "Episode 17: Vanessa Carlton, Will Demps, David Draiman..." MTV.com. Retrieved November 7, 2007.
  4. ^ "Come for the Daiquiris, Go for the Munchies". Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "Retired NFL Star Will Demps Brings the Notorious WET WILLIES to the Gaslamp District - San Diego". PitchEngine. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Former NFL Player Will Demps | Asiance Magazine". www.asiancemagazine.com. Retrieved October 13, 2016.

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