Graduated from West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia (Class
- Member of the National Honor Society
- Member of the Symphonic and Marching Bands
Graduated in 2002 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA
Tech) with a:
- B.S. in Business Management
- Minor in Leadership
Master's Candidate, American Public University, 2012, with a:
- M.S. in Sports Management, Althletic Administration
- President of The Pile Group, LLC
- The X's & O's Life Skills & Football Camp (May 2007, 2008)
- Wrote and Published the book, The Winning Game Plan, An "A-B-C" Guide to Success
- Various motivational speaking engagements at schools in Alexandria,
VA, Kansas City, MO, Richmond, VA, Nashville, TN, Houston, TX and Toronto, ON, Canada.
- Participated in the "Operation Blessing" Food Drive in Kansas City, MO
- Hosted the 1st Annual Northern Virginia Community Basketball/Football Camp in Alexandria, VA
Pile was voted by his teammates to be the Defensive Captain and backed up his teammates faith in him with stellar play in 2010, earning CFL East Division All-Star recognition at Free Safety after moving from SAM linebacker position. He finished tied for 5th in the CFL with 83 tackles, 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. Pile was also named the recipient of the Gord Barwell Award, given annually to the CFL athlete who best represents the attributes of a Christian role model both on and off the field, as voted on by the eight CFL Team Chaplains.
Pile re-signed with the Toronto Argonauts on February 15, 2009 and once again played at a high level recording a career high 81 tackles, 11 special teams tackles, 1 sack, 3 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries. He also provided value off the field representing the Argos in the community as an Ambassador in their Inaugural "Level the Field" Program, which brought football back to 4 Toronto Area High Schools.
Pile enjoyed breakout season in 2008, leading the team in tackles with 75, while contributing 3 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 sacks and 11 Special Teams tackles. For his efforts he was named Argos Nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
Pile signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL on February 23, 2007, Pile finished his first season in the CFL as the Argosí third-leading tackler with 76 tackles after starting 17 of 18 regular season games. He also had eight special teams tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass knock down.
Pile re-signed with Dallas on March 31 and attended training camp with the Cowboys. Pile was released on September 3 by Dallas before the regular season. He spent the rest of the 2006 season away from football.
Pile saw considerable playing time with the Dallas Cowboys in all
16 games with one start. He recorded 11 special teams tackles, good for
fourth on the team and recorded 14 stops from his safety position. He
made his Cowboys debut at San Diego (9/11). Against Washington (9/19),
he recorded his first tackle of the season on special teams before
playing in the nickel package at San Francisco (9/25) and recording two
special teams stops. Against Philadelphia (10/9), he notched his first
start as the Cowboys defense opened up in a nickel package and posted one
stop and one special teams tackle. He led the team with two special
teams tackles and recorded a season-high three stops on defense against the
N.Y. Giants (10/16) before recording two tackles and one special teams
tackle at Seattle (10/23). Against Arizona (10/30), he helped limit the
Cardinals to 142 net passing yards and added one stop on special teams
but saw limited action at Philadelphia (11/14) due to a groin strain
.At the N.Y. Giants (12/4), he led the team with two special teams stops,
and against Kansas City (12/11) he added a tackle from his safety
position and one stop on special teams. At Washington (12/18), he recorded
two stops playing alongside Keith Davis at free safety before closing
out the season against St. Louis (1/1/06) with three tackles while
filling in at safety for the injured Roy Williams.
Pile spent the spring with the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe,
starting all 10 games. He ranked third on the team with 53 tackles,
while adding a sack, six pass breakups, and an interception. He posted
five special teams stops through the spring. Pile returned to Kansas City
and finished his first NFL season with 37 tackles, one for a loss, four
pass breakups and seven special teams stops. He made his NFL debut on
special teams and in a reserve safety role at Denver (9/12) and recorded
four tackles and a special teams stop. Against Carolina (9/19), Pile
earned his first career starting nod in place of Greg Wesley (injured)
and posted six tackles - one for a loss - two pass deflections and a QB
pressure. Pile added two tackles against Atlanta (10/24) before tallying
a season-high eight tackles and two pass deflections as a starter
against San Diego (11/28). He added seven more tackles at Oakland (12/5)
before tying his career-high with eight stops and a career-high three
special teams tackles at Tennessee (12/13).
Pile was drafted in the seventh round (252nd overall) of the NFL
Draft by Kansas City. He was released at the end of training camp. He
was out of football until signing to the Kansas City Chiefs practice
squad during week 14 of the season.
Pile started 36 of his final 39 collegiate games for Virginia
Tech and recorded 267 tackles, including six behind the line. His 14
career interceptions ranked third in school history while his 276 return
yards was second. As a senior, he started 14 games at free safety for
the Hokies and finished second on the team with a career-best 105
tackles, a pair of fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. He added five
pass breakups and returned four picks (171 yards) with one score to earn
second-team All-America honors from The Sporting News. He started all
11 games at free safety as a junior and tallied 94 tackles (including
two behind the line), four interceptions and six pass breakups. As a
sophomore, he registered 56 tackles - two for losses - 10 pass deflections
and six interceptions with one return for a touchdown. As a red shirt
freshman, Pile saw action in three games, recording 12 stops and a sack.
Pile was a three-year letterman as a quarterback, wide
receiver, and defensive back at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, VA
for Coach Dale Eaton. During his senior season, in which his team won
the 1997 Northern Region Championship, he accounted for over 1,200 yards
of total offense and 13 total touchdowns from his quarterback position.
On defense, he posted 96 tackles, recovered 4 fumbles and had a school
single season record 8 interceptions. He went on to earn first-team
Group AAA All-State by the coaches and Associated Press, first-team All
Metro by The Washington Post, selected to George Michael's "Golden 11"
Team, as well as named the Patriot District and Northern Region
Offensive Player of the Year.
Willie and his lovely wife Keia, were married in July, 2006, and on April 4, 2008, welcomed their first child, Jaylen David, to the family. The Pile's reside in Texas with their Yorkshire Terrier, "Blitz".