Myron with his parents WIllie Mae and Isaac
Williams wins Emmy
By Michael Butler
And the Emmy goes to... Tallassee's Myron Williams. Yes, the son of Isaac and Willie Mae Williams has won an Emmy.
Williams received the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences award in Orlando, Fla. with his parents at the event to cheer him on.
"I'm truly blessed and honored to receive the industry's gold standard," Williams said. "I accept this Emmy award and dedicate it to all of my family, friends and the city of Tallassee, Alabama."
Williams is a videographer who helped produce a special sports documentary on NBA player Dwyane Wade titled, "Bigger Than Basketball." The program was aired on WPLG-TV in Miami.
"I am a 2001 proud graduate of Tallassee High School. Go Tigers," Williams exclaimed. "This is a journey I started about 17 years ago. My first job was with the Montgomery Police Department. They handed me a bulletproof vest. They didn't give me a gun. I was riding around with police officers. That meant you could get shot at, but you couldn't do any shooting. From there at WAKA is where I started on this path to where I'm headed.
"The big break that led to this moment was when I got to go out to Houston, Texas and work with the Houston Rockets and PGA Tour. One day I got a call from the University of Miami to work with the Miami Hurricanes. That's what brought me to Miami after four years in Houston. I worked under coach Mark Richt for two years. From there I was able to move to WPLG."
Williams gets to cover a lot of sports in the Miami area including the Dolphins, Marlins and Heat. That local connection with the Heat triggered the production on Wade.
"Once Dwyane Wade announced his retirement, we talked about how we could honor (him) on his last ride. We booked a 30-minute primetime special. I pulled every tape from his 17-year career. We got to see Dwyane Wade from a totally different side. (It) explored Wade's journey as a rising superstar to becoming a community leader and a global icon.
"We were able to work directly with Dwyane. He is such a good person. He is very genuine. He was always accesible. We spoke with Gabrielle Union his wife. I was able to do an interview with Pat Riley as well."
Williams talked about the importance of having his parents at the awards event.
"It was amazing. It was very important that I took the time out to acknowledge them. They always say God/family. Those are the two rocks you can always lean on. Whenever I get a chance to be on a big platform, I always have my parents involved.
"Growing up in Tallassee and being in a sports family is deeply embedded into my DNA. (It's) something I'm very proud of and carry a badge of honor around every single day and let people know where I'm from and where I represent. People look at my number (334). They say, 'Alabama? Montgomery?' I say Tallassee. The Emmy trophy will be in the mail and headed to Tallassee. That's where it will be.
The sky is the limit for Williams.
"CBS Sports contacted me right before the football season to do March Madness. I'm looking to get into a top ten market and take it to a national level. The aspirations are to go to the highest level. You can literally do anything in the world if you're willing to go out and do it. You set a goal. You go acheive that goal."