Doug Williams Reflects on Super Bowl XXII Twenty-Five Years Later
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Can you believe it’s been 25 years since Doug Williams led the Redskins to a 42-10 rout of the Broncos to win their second Super Bowl?
One week from Thursday marks the 25th anniversary of Super Bowl XXII, when Doug Williams became the first black quarterback to play in and win a championship in the NFL.
“It’s hard sometimes when you get up in the morning and you say ’25 years?’ Williams told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny.
Williams still remembers it like it was yesterday, as many Redskins fans older than the age of 30 probably do.
“I’ll never forget Coach Gibbs said, ‘We’re gonna get this sucker rollin’ but I didn’t know we were going to be rolling like that.”
When asked to reflect back on how dominant Washington was in that game, Williams seemed as though he’s still baffled by it.
“It was the epitome of execution. We stole 35 points, not just 35 points. We did it in eighteen plays. And when you sit back and think about scoring 35 points in football, in any sport – in basketball. Eighteen plays, you score 35 points? That’s almost unheard of. A nice touchdown drive is usually about ten or twelve plays.”
He responded to Rob Parker’s controversial ‘cornball brother’ comments aimed at Robert Griffin III from a few months back, by suggesting the quarterback for the Washington Redskins has to rise above it.
“He can be whoever he wants to be,” Williams said. “He can be a Republican, Democrat, Tea Partier or whoever he wants to be.”
When it comes to the Rooney Rule, he said overcoming the adversity of having fewer opportunities is just a part of being a black man in football.
“I think what it boils down to is who the owner or whoever is doing the hiring feels comfortable with,” he said.
Williams was the head football coach of his Alma Mater, Grambling State, from ’98 to ’03, but left to pursue a personnel position with the Buccaneers until 2010. He returned to his head coaching position in 2011.
“When I was in town, Bruce Allen was a guy I came up under,” Williams added. “Him and I talked about having that opportunity one day as the Vice President of Personnel or General Manager. It didn’t happen but the opportunity to go back to coaching came up and I did that.”
Williams said he’s happy the Redskins finally have a franchise quarterback like RGIII because it’s something the city has deserved for a long time. He’s hoping for the best for the future of this franchise as he says looking back, the greatest memory of his life came when he held the Lombardi trophy up during the Super Bowl celebration parade through D.C.