Doug Williams was inducted into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor at halftime during the game against the Atlanta Falcons. He joins Mike Alstott, Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, Paul Gruber, Jimmie Giles, John McKay and Lee Roy Selmon in the Ring of Honor, which was created in 2009.
Williams is best-known for winning Super Bowl XXII with Washington in 1988, throwing four touchdowns in one half to win that game comfortably. But before he got there, Williams was the Bucs' first-round pick in 1978 and their starting quarterback for five years, leading the team to three playoff berths. Williams left the team in 1983 after a contract dispute, with the Bucs' owner refusing to give the African-American quarterback a contract commensurate with his performance and on par with other quarterbacks in the NFL. Williams bolted for the USFL, who were willing to compensate according to his play.
In his five years with the Bucs, Williams put up 12,648 yards, 73 touchdowns and 73 interceptions with little help at the skill positions or along the offensive line. His traditional statistics don't look tremendous, though they're good for his time, but his style of play was impressive: his completion percentage looks bad because he was great at preventing sacks by throwing the ball away. More importantly, he kept hopes alive and managed to regularly win games for the Bucs, producing 13 fourth-quarter comebacks with the Bucs.
Williams' entry into the Ring of Honor is well-deserved, and will help heal some of the rift that was created both by his first exiting the organization in 1983, and the in 2010 after general manager Mark Dominik had sidelined his career in the Bucs front office.