Monday, February 21, 2011
Doug Williams returning to Grambling
GRAMBLING, La. -- Former Washington Redskins star quarterback Doug Williams is returning to Grambling State as coach of the Tigers football team, the university confirmed late Monday.
Grambling State Athletic Director J. Lin Dawson announced the return of the College Hall of Famer in a statement, saying Williams has signed a four-year contract that begins March 1. Financial details were not disclosed in the statement.
Williams was the general manager of UFL's Virginia franchise in 2010. The former Grambling State quarterback was the MVP of Super Bowl XXII with the Washington Redskins.
He later succeeded Eddie Robinson as coach at his alma mater, winning three straight Southwestern Athletic Conference titles from 1998-2003.
The 55-year-old Williams, a native of Zachary, La., replaces Rod Broadway, who resigned earlier this month to become head coach at North Carolina A&T.
Williams will coach his son D.J., who signed with Grambling this year.
Dawson said Williams planned to speak to reporters during a session Wednesday morning when he visits the Grambling campus.
"I think it is truly an honor to be able too go back to Grambling State University for a third time and to be the second coach to coach his son. The only other guy to do this was Coach Eddie Robinson," Willliams said in the same statement issued by the school.
Dawson said he looked forward to one of "Grambling's favorite sons" coming home to lead what he hoped will be its next era of championship football.
"Doug Williams has been a champion at every level of competition. The stage is now set," Dawson's statement added.
Williams was drafted out of Grambling by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1978 NFL Draft. He led the Bucs to the playoffs for the first time and repeated the feat twice in four years.
In 1986, Williams joined the Redskins, leading Washington victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII.
Williams was the first black quarterback to play in a Super Bowl. This past weekend, he was inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame.