Auburn, Ala.--Fans wanting to see the Tigers in action Jan. 10 against Oregon in the BCS Championship Game have another avenue to get tickets for the contest thanks to former Auburn standout and current graduate assistant football coach Travis Williams. If you’re a fan of his song “Tiger Walk” played in Jordan-Hare Stadium before games this fall more is on the way from the former Tiger star.
Williams has released his first full-length album called “Undefeated” and as a special treat he’s giving away three tickets to the Auburn-Oregon game in Arizona to one lucky fan who purchases his album on iTunes before his giveaway on Christmas Eve. All you have to do is buy the album and then follow his instructions to be entered into the drawing.
“Go to I-Tunes and click on "Undefeated" by T-Will,” Williams said. “Once you buy the album go to your purchase history and get your order number. Send that order number to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’m going to randomly pick on Christmas Eve a random fan to win three BCS National Championship tickets. I went out and bought them with my own money. It’s just my way of showing appreciation for everybody who has supported me throughout this whole deal.”
T-Will’s “Undefeated” on iTunes
The decision to name the album "Undefeated" could be an obvious one with the Tigers riding high at 13-0 after winning the SEC Championship. It’s not the first 13-0 season that Williams has been a part of at Auburn as he played a vital role in the 2004 SEC Championship season for the Tigers. He said that while both make things tie in better, neither was the main reason for his naming of the album.
An undersized linebacker coming out of Columbia, S.C., Williams arrived at Auburn weighing 188 pounds but was a standout on the scout team his first year. By the time new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik showed up in the spring he had blossomed into a player to watch.
In his career Williams became an All-SEC performer before going on to play in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons. Those obstacles and more gave Williams the inspiration for his title.
“I went through so many different names before I sat down with my people,” Williams said. “We decided that 'Undefeated' was the best because of all of the obstacles I went through and seeing what all I saw growing up. There were people doubting me saying I couldn’t make it and couldn’t play middle linebacker on the college level and then coming here and doing well and playing in the NFL. Then having teachers say I wasn’t smart enough to make it at Auburn. I got my undergrad and just picked up my masters. I think 'Undefeated' is more like a celebration to show people you can do whatever you set your mind to. Athletes that have done music haven’t been successful so this is another step to show people you can do it.”
Getting into music while with the Falcons, Williams started out as someone who helped bands and individuals get their music out and become noticed. It wasn’t long though before people began to notice him and things just took off from there.
“I was pushing other groups and different people and several people told me I needed to be pushing my own music,” Williams said. “Once I got the labels looking at me and searching for me I knew it could get serious. It really went from a hobby to something real serious in a hurry.”
The biggest break for Williams came when he released the single “Tiger Walk” and it became an overnight sensation for Auburn fans. So popular that it was included in the selection for Auburn’s intro song this season, Williams and the team decided to use it when the team went back into the locker room following pre-game warmups. That recognition by Auburn fans and publicity it generated was huge for Williams he said.
“To this day that’s the biggest record I’ve got,” Williams said. “It actually just got taken off Youtube because XOS Technology owns the rights to the videos used. That’s just the power of the people that watched it so much. It’s the biggest record I’ve got but “Amazing Champion” I think is even better. It’s just a blessing that Auburn picked it up and the coaches and players liked it.”
Now trying to work on his music in addition to putting in long hours breaking down video and helping the team get ready each week for its opponent, Williams said the final product both on the field and in the studio is something he’s proud of and he’s excited to see how both turn out.
“It kind of worked out for itself because we’re undefeated this season and the album is Undefeated,” Williams said. “Hopefully, we can go to Arizona against a great Oregon team and have a chance to walk out with the win. It has just been an excellent year with the guys like Nick (Fairley) and Cam (Cameron Newton) and all the All-Americans and All-SEC players. It’s just a blessing. I’m sitting back and enjoying every moment.”
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