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Douglas Lee (Doug) Williams is known for his remarkable performance in Super Bowl XXII. Doug was the first African American quarterback to start in an NFL league championship game and the first to win a Super Bowl. He was named the Super Bowl MVP, passed for a Super Bowl record 340 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception. He also became the first player in Super Bowl history to pass for four touchdowns in a single quarter, and four in a half.
Doug was born in Zachary, Louisiana and attended Grambling State University, where he played football for legendary head coach Eddie Robinson. Williams graduated from Grambling with a degree in education, and began work on a graduate degree before the 1978 NFL Draft.
Despite the success that he enjoyed on the field, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Joe Gibbs was the only NFL coach that visited Grambling to work Williams out and scout him. Gibbs spent two days with the 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback, reviewing play books, film, and going through passing drills. Impressed by his poise, work ethic, and studious nature, Gibbs wrote in his scouting report that Williams had “a big-time arm with perfect passing mechanics” and was “a natural leader… very academic and extremely prepared… football smart,” and recommended that the Buccaneers select Williams with their first-round draft choice.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted him in the first round (17th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft. The Bucs, who had never been to the playoffs before Williams arrived, had gone to the playoffs three times in four years and played in the 1979 NFC Championship Game. After a short stint with one of the now-defunct USFL’s expansion teams, Doug returned to the NFL in 1986, joining the Washington Redskins in what would become a historic run to Super Bowl victory.
After leaving professional football as a player, Doug took several football consulting and coaching roles. Williams started off his head college coaching career at Morehouse College in 1997. Doug became the head football coach at Grambling State University, his alma mater in 1998, succeeding the legendary Eddie Robinson. He led the Tigers to three consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference titles from 2000–2002, before leaving to rejoin the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a personnel executive. Williams has since held scouting and front office roles in the NFL, as well as a general manager position in the UFL, and currently works in the front office for the Washington Redskins.
Doug Williams remains a beloved icon in sports culture, football history and a True Original.