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Doug Williams inducted into Black College Football Hall of Fame

Former Bucs QB was honored with an election to the Black College Football Hall of Fame yesterday. The institution honors the greatest players and coaches from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Doug Williams had a dominant career at Grambling State University, leading the Tigers to three Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships in four years and a 36-7 total record. He was 4th in 1977 Heisman voting and was named Black College Player of the Year twice. He was inducted into the regular College Football Hall of Fame in 2001 for his stellar college career. The rest of the induction class for the Black College Hal of Fame includes such players and coaches as Lem Barney, Mel Blount, Willie Davis, Art Shell and Earl Banks.

Doug WIlliams' college career led to a first-round selection by the Buccaneers in 1977, and he played a key role in the 1979 season culminating in a NFC Championship appearance, sadly losing to the L.A. Rams. When the Bucs refused to give him the contract he wanted, he left for the USFL in 1983. With Doug Williams leaving, the Bucs started a 13-season losing streak. Doug Williams returned to the NFL after the USFL folded, and helped the Redskins reach a Super Bowl after the 1987 season. In that Super Bowl, Doug Williams led a dominant Redskins team to a 42-10 victory over the Broncos. Doug Williams threw for a then Super Bowl record 340 yards and 4 touchdowns, all of those touchdowns coming in the second quarter. He was also the first African-American quarterback to start a Super Bowl, and won the Super Bowl MVP award for his performance. Despite that stellar game, Williams only played in the NFL for two more seasons with little success.

After his NFL career the former quarterback went into coaching, spending time at various colleges including a stint as head coach at his alma mater Grambling State University, leading them to three conference titles in three years. From 2003 to 2010 he worked in the front office of the Bucs, eventually rising to the post of Director of Pro Scouting. He was let go before the 2010 season, and is now the GM of the UFL's Virginia Destroyers.

UPDATE: And now, Doug Williams has moved to Grambling State University to be the Head Coach there, again.