Williams returns to NFL as personnel executive


Former Grambling State University head football coach, Doug Williams, has returned to the National Football League as a personnel executive.

In a press release Monday morning, the Washington Redskins announced Doug Williams, 58, as a new member of the franchise’s front office. A member of the 80 Greatest Redskins, Williams is considered to be one of the “most celebrated athletes” in the franchise’s history.

“It’s great to be home again,” Williams said in a statement released by the Redskins.  

In 1988, Williams led the franchise win Super Bowl XXII, where he became the first African-American quarterback to play in the Super Bowl and win. Playing against the Broncos, Williams completed 18-of-29 passes for 340 yards with four touchdown passes, which earned him Super Bowl MVP honors.

Only having one mission, Williams said he plans “to help (the) team obtain the talent it needs so the fans can experience the Super Bowl they deserve.”

“It also is great to be affiliated with a GM and coach who are so focused and dedicated to winning,” added Williams.

Bruce Allen, the Redskin’s general manager, said Williams has done it all in football, from playing and coaching to even scouting.  

Looking at his previous experience, both on and off the field, the Redskins needed a candidate to fit the franchise’s needs for a successful season. Williams’ background and determination to excel were great components.

“We are focused on finding people with genuine football insight and a passion for winning,” Allen said, executive vice president. “We believe he has an incredible talent for identifying the type of players we want with the Redskins.” 

Williams has been with the NFL for 17 seasons, nine as a player and eight in scouting/personnel roles. From 2004-2008, the Zachary native held the title as Personnel Executive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, before being promoted to the team’s director of Pro Personnel.

Also, Williams has over 10 years of head coaching experience. His most recent coaching experience was at Grambling State University, in which he had two separate stints from 1998-2003 and 2011-2013. He compiled a 61-34 (.642) record while at Grambling, and led the G-Men to four Southwestern Athletic Conference.