Doug Williams was named the Washington Football Team’s Senior Vice President of Player Development on January 9, 2020. Prior to this Williams was named Senior Vice President of Player Personnel on June 13, 2017, after initially returning to the team as a personnel executive in February 2014. In that role, Williams helped to lead and guide the efforts of the team’s personnel department across the pro and collegiate scouting ranks.
Williams, the first African-American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl. He is a veteran of 21 NFL seasons, including nine as a player and 12 in scouting/personnel roles. Williams, a first-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 1978 NFL Draft (17th overall), led the Buccaneers to the first three playoff appearances in team history and propelled the team to three winning seasons. He ended his Tampa Bay career in 1982 as the all-time franchise leader in touchdown passes, passing yards, attempts and completions. In 1986, the Redskins traded for Williams’ rights. In Williams’ Super Bowl XXII MVP performance following the 1987 season, he set or tied several Super Bowl passing records, including most TD passes (four), most yards passing (340), longest pass completion (80 yards) and longest TD pass (80 yards).
As a coach, in six seasons during his first tenure (1998-2003) at Grambling State, Williams brought one of the most storied programs in college football history back to prominence, compiling a 52-18 record as head coach after succeeding the legendary Eddie Robinson and re-wrote the record books as the winningest coach in the history of college football with 408 career wins. He was also named SWAC Coach of the Year in for every season from 2000-2002 Williams started his college head coaching career at Morehouse College in 1997 and later spending time coaching in the NFL, Collegiate and High School ranks.
As Grambling’s quarterback from 1974-77, Williams had a spectacular college career as he passed for more than 8,000 yards and 93 touchdowns, leading the Tigers to three Black College National Championships and two SWAC titles. He posted a 35-5 record as a starter and finished fourth in voting for the 1977 Heisman Trophy.
In 2005, Williams and Shack Harris established The Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation with the function of providing grants for after-school initiatives, leadership development, mentoring programs and minority higher education assistance for economically disadvantaged youth. In March of 2009, the foundation put on its first annual Washington Football Legends for Charity in Washington, D.C. In 2010, the foundation established the Black College Football Hall of Fame, which will move to its new home in Canton, Ohio in 2018.
Williams and his wife, Raunda, have eight children: Ashley, Adrian, Carmeleta, Doug, Jr., Jasmine, Laura, Lee and Temessia.