Jerry Williams was one of the best all-around athletes to attend El Dorado High School. He lettered three years in baseball, playing center field, 3rd base and shortstop. He was a three-year letterman in football, playing offensive and defensive back. In 1966 he led the Ark Valley League in scoring with 81 points and made first team all-league. Jerry placed fourth in the 1966 State Wrestling Tournament to help his team finish in second place, the highest placement ever for El Dorado high school.
Jerry was the 3rd baseman on the 1966 State American Legion Championship team who placed 3rd in the National Regional Tournament. He led the team in batting average (.383) as well as hits, doubles, walks, total bases and stolen bases. He was second in runs batted in and runs scored.
In 1967, Jerry played third base and shortstop, batting .325 for the Legion Team (30-8) that won the Ark Valley League (8-0), the District Tournament and finished 4th in the State Tournament. He was selected to play on the Kansas American Legion Western All-Star team in a three game series against the Eastern All-Stars. In the series he batted in the lead off position, going six for ten, including two doubles and a home run. He was offered a contract by the Houston Astros, but declined it.
Jerry attended Butler County Junior College in 1967-1968, playing defensive and offensive back both years. On the football team he earned all-conference honors as a defensive back in 1968.
He attended Weber State University in 1969-1970 on a football scholarship. In 1970, Jerry earned All-Big Sky Conference honor my making the first team as a free safety and kickoff an punt return man. He also led the conference in interceptions that year.