Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Williams Replaces Robinson at Grambling

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Williams Replaces Robinson at Grambling

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GRAMBLING, La. - Doug Williams, the first Black quarterback to lead a team in the National Football League's (NFL) Super Bowl championship game, has been selected to replace Grambling State University legend Eddie Robinson as football coach.

Williams, who played at Grambling from 197477, becomes Grambling's first new football coach since 1941 and only the sixth in the school's history. Robinson retired this month with 408 victories - more than any other college coach.

Williams was the only player from a predominantly Black school to be named Division I All America. He played in the NFL for nine years after being the No. 1 draft pick by Tampa Bay in 1978. He led the Buccaneers to the only three playoff appearances in the team's history.

In the 1988 Super Bowl, Williams earned Most Valuable Player honors while leading the Washington Redskins to victory. He set records for yards passing (340), yards passing in one quarter (228), touchdown passes (four), and longest completion (eighty yards). …

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