San Antonio Brahmas linebacker Jordan Williams painted the city of San Antonio red this season with his stellar play throughout the regular season.
This week, Williams painted the host city of Saturday’s XFL Championship game red again — but also black, yellow, green and all sorts of other colors. Thanks to a collaboration with the local nonprofit Centro San Antonio and their Art Everywhere initiative, the All-XFL linebacker spent a few days this week painting a mural on the side of Maddy McMurphy’s Irish Sports Bar in downtown San Antonio.
“This idea of having Jordan come in do his magic as an artist, but also kind of connect the Brahmas to our city was just really beautiful,” said Andi Rodriguez, Centro San Antonio’s vice president of cultural placemaking who leads the Art Everywhere initiative.
Williams says his journey as an artist began in childhood when his mother taught him how to color. He didn’t really get serious about it until his final year at Baylor when he needed an elective and took an art class.
He fell in love with the technique, craftsmanship and process of art in the class. Williams said it’s similar to football, where there’s so much focus on the process that leads to the rewards at the end.