In the fall of 2020, it seemed like the moment Georgia basketball fans were waiting for was upon them.
In the summer of 2021, there was the buzz of a potential five-star recruit coming through the gates.
And the next summer was the first time in more than a decade that any Georgia player was ever named to the All-SEC First Team.
That was in January 2021, when five-year-old Deon Williams, a freshman on the Georgia Bulldogs, made his official visit to Athens.
And in the years that followed, he and his family found a home with the Bulldogs.
He has become one of the best athletes in the state, and a role model for other kids from his home state.
But as Williams grew older and became the leader of a group of kids from a rural Georgia high school, his football career took a turn for the worse.
He missed six games in his first season with the Gaels, then was placed on scholarship after that.
In March 2022, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Williams was suspended for the entire 2019-20 season, and by the end of the year he was being considered for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Williams had only played one year of college football at the time, but his story was far from over.
It’s hard to describe what it feels like to watch Deon’s story play out over and over again, and it’s even harder to believe that he wasn’t even born when it all happened.
Deon is the only son of a Georgia native, who grew up playing basketball with his brother and sister.
The brothers were both high school basketball players and Deon eventually joined the Bulldogs, but for the rest of his life he never got to play in the game he loved.
His mother was an only child, and his father had died at the young age of 25.
He was forced to move into the family home, where he would stay for most of his childhood.
The first two years of his young life were a struggle for him, and he would sometimes become overwhelmed with stress and anxiety, according to his mother.
But he also had a passion for football, and when his parents were struggling financially, he was able to go to college in Athens, Georgia.
His first year in Athens was a total disaster.
He averaged a meager 18 points and just 8.4 rebounds a game.
His coach, Tim Brown, said that his shooting and passing were not on the same level as they should have been, and they did not give him a chance to show them.
But Deon, who played at Georgia’s South Alabama High School, was one of only five Bulldogs who could score in double figures, according a Georgia Basketball profile.
His senior year in high school was the one where he made his first trip to the NFL Draft, where the Eagles selected him with the 13th overall pick.
After two seasons of college, Deon was finally able to make the jump to the pros, where his father played for the Cleveland Browns, the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers.
That was in the summer before Deon turned 13 years old, and after his NFL career ended, he moved to Georgia to attend high school.
He played in every game that year, and during that time he got to meet and bond with other Bulldogs who shared his love of the game.
Deons older brother, Tyler, became the first freshman to ever be selected to the Pro Bowl, and Deont’s mother became a cheerleader.
Deont has played a role in his father’s success, and the two have a close relationship.
His father is a former high school football player himself and played in the NFL with the Detroit Lions in 2014.
But the biggest gift Deon received in his college career was being a part of the Georgia football team, and on Sunday, he became the second-youngest player in the program’s history to start a game in his senior year.
In addition to playing for the Bulldogs and the National Football League, Deont is also a member of the UGA men’s basketball team, a position he earned with the Blue Devils last season.
After playing the final six games of the season with a torn ACL, Deons injury was ruled a torn meniscus in the spring, and Williams had to sit out the entire season with surgery to repair his knee.
After playing in just 14 games last season, Williams is expected to miss at least four to six weeks.
Williams was able do the best he could with the limited opportunities that he was given, and as a freshman he did not have to look far for inspiration.
Deony Williams has been in the headlines a lot this year.
The 6-5 point guard out of Georgia has started all 32 games in 2019, averaging a team-high 15.8 points and 7.4 assists.
He also led Georgia to the Sweet 16 in his freshman year, while leading