What Sooner (or 'Horn) will forget that October afternoon when 'the real' Roy Williams took over the game and handed the Golden Hat trophy to his Oklahoma Sooners with an airborne, jarring goal line play on Chris Simms, resulting in an Oklahoma TD via the quick hands and feet of Teddy Lehman and the final interception on the following play? Final score: Sooners 14 - 3.
The legend of Roy Williams was already growing. But those two back to back plays sealed it and made believers out of the entire nation. In his OU career, Williams had 275 tackles, 5 interceptions and seven sacks. But the mention of Williams by Sooner or 'Horn fans also refers back to those two big plays on the Cotton Bowl turf. After those two plays, Williams became known as 'superman' to friend and foe alike.
The Dallas Cowboys'- as well as every other NFL team, saw those plays. They already had Williams on their 'watch' list. Suddenly, he was on their 'must have' list. They made Williams their first round pick, eight overall in the draft. Distracters and many Cowboy fans wondered if it was the right pick. As it turns out, the pick was probably
Williams finished his rookie year with 92 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 interceptions, (two returned for TD's). The numbers made him a contender for ‘Defensive Rookie of the Year,' an almost impossible accomplishment for a rookie defensive back, as the award usually goes to higher profile defensive lineman or linebacker. (This year in Dallas, a dismal one for Cowboy offense, his two TD's could have also made him a candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year).
Like any Sooner alumnus, he's forbidden by NCAA rules to actively recruit for his school. But you can't turn off televisions, shut off the highlight reels and silence the mouths of commentators. Williams won't have to recruit for
The impact of a Roy Williams on the sidelines of a Rose Bowl game will not be lost on up coming high school stars. Especially those in
A final note. Roy Williams has not forgotten how he grew as a person and player under the Stoops coaching. Devastated by the dismissal of John Blake who recruited him out of
Maybe the biggest change was the conditioning required by the new regime. There were no excuses here either. To get better required discipline and work, and a lot of it. Slowly, even the painful workouts under Jerry Schmidt began to make sense. They payoff came as Williams and his teammates toiled in early morning weight sessions during the season , and under the torrid sun in the summers. Williams and his Sooner teammates reluctantly became believers, then in 2000, national champions.
A month ago, with the indoor practice facility almost completed, there was one area left unfinished. The facilities' additional weight training section, needed to avert overcrowding at the
An envelope arrived with a check for $ 100,000.00 It would purchase equipment and put the finishing touches on the state of the art room. It was signed by Roy Williams.