Douglas Lee Doug Williams is a former American football quarterback and former head coach of the Grambling State Tigers football team. Williams is known for his performance in Super Bowl XXII. Williams, who was named the Super Bowl MVP, passed for a Super Bowl record 340 yards and four touchdowns and he also became the first player in Super Bowl history to pass for four touchdowns in a single quarter, and four in a half. Williams attended Grambling State University, where he played for head coach Eddie Robinson. Williams guided the Tigers to a 36-7 record as a four-year starter, Williams was named Black College Player of the Year twice. In 1977, Williams led the NCAA in several categories, including total yards from scrimmage, passing yards, touchdown passes, Williams finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, behind Earl Campbell, Terry Miller, and Ken MacAfee. Williams graduated from Grambling with a degree in education, and began work on a degree before the 1978 NFL Draft. Despite the success that he enjoyed on the field, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Joe Gibbs was the only NFL coach that visited Grambling to work Williams out and scout him. Gibbs spent two days with the 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback, reviewing books, film, and going through passing drills. Impressed by his poise, work ethic, and studious nature, Football smart, and recommended that the Buccaneers select Williams with their first-round draft choice. Following the recommendation of Gibbs, Tampa Bay drafted Williams in the first round of the 1978 NFL Draft, Williams improved his completion percentage each year with the Bucs and was regarded as the heart and soul of the team. Williams was the only starting African-American quarterback in the NFL at that time, during his tenure with the Buccaneers, Williams was only paid $120,000 a year. Not only was this far and away the lowest salary for a quarterback in the league. After the 1982 season, Williams asked for a $600,000 contract, Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse refused to budge from his initial offer of $400,000 despite protests from coach John McKay. While Culverhouses offer was more than triple Williams previous salary. Feeling that Culverhouse was not paying him what a starter should earn, the next year the Bucs went 2-14, and they would not make the playoffs again for 14 years, until after the 1997 season, and lost ten games in every season but one in that stretch. They would not have any real stability under center until the arrival of Trent Dilfer, many Bucs fans blame Culverhouses refusal to bend in the negotiations with Williams as a major factor in their lack of success. In 1984, Williams led the Outlaws of the USFL in passing, completing 261 out of 528 passes for 3,084 yards, however, he threw 21 interceptions, ending up with a passer rating of 60.5, during a 6-12 season.4 passer rating
Williams in 2015
Williams (left) as head coach of Grambling State, posing with a marine (right) in November 2011.