Doug Williams Returns to Tampa

As long-time fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers know, before the recent success brought on by former head coach Tony Dungy and currently Jon Gruden, the Bucs' best season was in 1979. That season, the Bucs made it one step from the Super Bowl before being knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game.

The quarterback of that team, Doug Williams, today returns to the Buccaneers as the team's personnel executive.

Williams was selected by the Bucs in the first round of the 1978 draft and led them to the post-season three of his five seasons in Tampa Bay before a contract dispute led him to sign with the USFL's Oklahoma Outlaws.

In 1986, Williams returned to the NFL with Washington and led the Redskins to their second Super Bowl victory the following season with an amazing second quarter performance that would see Williams throw four touchdown passes as the 'Skins scored 35 points in one quarter, records that still stand today.

In 1991, Williams began his coaching career at Point Coupee High School in his hometown of Zachary, Louisiana. In 1994, Williams began his college coaching career as the running backs coach at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. In 1995, he had a brief return to the NFL as a scout with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also served as offensive coordinator for the Scottish Claymores of the World League (now known as NFL Europe).

In 1997, Williams began his college coaching career with Morehouse College in Atlanta. The following season, he would be named to replace the legendary Eddie Robinson at his alma mater, Grambling. Williams took over the program following a season where the Tigers finished just 3-8. In 2000, just his third season at Grambling, Williams was named Street and Smith's Black College Coach of the Year as he led the Tigers to their first outright SWAC title since 1989, and was ranked number one the NCAA Division I Black College Football Poll with a 10-2 record. Williams proved his success was no fluke by repeating both feats the following two seasons with records of 10-1 and 11-2 respectively. Williams finishes his career at Grambling with a combined 52-18 record (.743).

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