Doug Williams
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Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer

The Washington Redskins announced Monday that they have named Doug Williams as personnel executive.

The hiring marks Williams’ return to the Redskins, with whom he was one of the most celebrated athletes in franchise history. Williams, a member of the 80 Greatest Redskins and a Redskins Ring of Famer, played with the Redskins from 1986 to 1989 and led Washington to a 42-10 rout of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII.

Williams, the first African-American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl, completed 18 of 29 passes for 340 yards with four touchdown passes to earn Super Bowl MVP honors.

“It’s great to be home again,” Williams, 58, said. “It also is great to be affiliated with a GM and coach who are so focused and dedicated to winning. I have only one mission: to help this team obtain the talent it needs so the fans can experience the Super Bowl they deserve.”

Williams played 9 seasons in the NFL and served in scouting and personnel roles for eight years.

He spent five seasons as personnel executive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2004-08 before being named the team’s director of pro personnel in 2009.

“We are focused on finding people with genuine football insight and a passion for winning,” said Bruce Allen, executive vice president and general manager. “As a player, coach and scout, Doug has seen it all and done it all, and we believe he has an incredible talent for identifying the type of players we want with the Redskins.”

Williams also served as head coach at his alma mater, Grambling State, from 1998 to 2003 and 2011-13. Williams compiled a 61-34 (.642) record at Grambling, leading the Tigers to four Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships, three Black College National Championships from 2000-02 and three 10-win seasons in his nine years leading the program.

Williams, a native of Zachary, La., had a spectacular college career as Grambling’s quarterback from 1974 to 1977, passing for more than 8,000 yards with 93 touchdowns, leading the Tigers to three Black College National Championships and two SWAC titles. He posted a 36-7 record as a starter and finished fourth in voting for the 1977 Heisman Trophy.

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