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Doug Williams Getting Some Love

February 12, 2013 at 01:22am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

If Williams is the black Joe Namath, then Namath is the white Jason Campbell.

Did you know there was a timeline of Doug Williams‘s career on NFL.com? I’m going to go ahead and say it’s for Black History Month and not because Williams died and I missed it. That would be kind of embarrassing.

Each slide comes with extra videos or photos, some of which already existed and only tangentially have anything to do with Williams. But some are really good and the best is the Doug Williams Scrapbook, which is a fascinating tour through his time at Grambling. A couple different articles refer to Williams as the “Black Joe Namath”, which I would find insulting if I were Williams. Not because of the racial thing, but just because Williams was better than Namath. Better arm, better accuracy and better mobility. By which I mean ANY mobility at all. The only thing holding Namath’s knees together was venereal disease.

I don’t know if his name ever comes up in the discussions, but it seems like Williams would be a good candidate for a Hall of Fame induction. Not necessarily because of his stats on the field. I don’t think he has near what he would need to get in on that basis. But for historic reasons, they might want to consider it. Can you tell the story of the NFL without Doug Williams? Fritz Pollard is in as a player, but not because he was a particularly exceptional player, but because of his historical significance. Williams getting drafted in the first round was a big deal. Starting and winning a Super Bowl was an even bigger deal. Just because we are almost 100 years removed from the founding of the league doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped reaching milestones that deserve some recognition. I’m not saying I’m 100% on board with him getting into Canton just yet, just that it’s probably time to have the discussion.

One Comment to “Doug Williams Getting Some Love”

Matt Price

Matt Price (February 12, 2013 at 01:56pm:

I’m a firm believe that the Hall should be looking for people who made the NFL lively, not just players with big stats. I think the focus on stats is silly because it takes away the historical aspect of the league and replaces it with a mathematical calculation.

I would totally support Williams for the Hall of Fame. Not only because of the black thing, but because of the rest of the history surrounding him. He took the worst franchise in history and brought them to within one game of the Super Bowl. Then he gets dumped because the owners is too cheap to keep him, and he rises again with the Redskins and finally gets his Super Bowl. That’s a pretty cool story. That’s the kind of story that makes the NFL so interesting.

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