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Doug Williams was the 17th overall pick of the 1978 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He became a major factor in the team’s success as he quarterbacked the Bucs to three playoff appearances and one NFC title game from 1979 to 1982.
Due to a contract dispute, Williams joined the Oklahoma Outlaws of the United States Football League before returning to the NFL to play for the Washing Redskins in 1986. In 1987, Williams served as a backup for most of the season before starting the last games of the regular season. He ended up leading the Redskins to Super Bowl XXII, where they defeated the Denver Broncos. Williams became the first black quarterback to play in a Super Bowl and was named Super Bowl MVP. Williams retired after the 1989 season.
He began his head coaching career in 1997 at Morehouse College. Shortly thereafter, he accepted the head coaching job at his alma mater, Grambling. During his six seasons at Grambling (1998-2003), Williams turned the program into one of the top in the nation. Under Williams’ direction, Grambling won three consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference titles (2000-2003). In 2004, Williams returned to Tampa Bay and took a job as a personnel executive with the Buccaneers.
Away from football, Williams is a member of the Field Generals, an organization founded by and composed of retired NFL African-American quarterbacks. In 2007 the organization released “Third and a Mile,” a story of the trials and triumphs of the black quarterback. The Field Generals is made up of Williams, James Harris, Marlin Briscoe, Randall Cunningham, Vince Evans and Warren Moon.