Grambling, LA,— Grambling State University Athletic Director J. Lin Dawson today confirmed the return of Doug Williams as the University’s head football coach. Williams, who resigned today as general manager of the United Football League’s Virginia Destroyers, signed a four-year contract that starts March 1. He will greet the media on campus at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum.
“I think it is truly an honor to be able too go back to Grambling State University for a third time and to be the second coach to coach his son. The only other guy to do this was Coach Eddie Robinson,” says Williams.
Welcoming Williams back to campus, Dawson said, “One of Grambling’s favorite sons will return home to lead the next era of championship football. Doug Williams has been a champion at every level of competition. The stage is now set. The level of excitement here on campus is far-reaching!”
GSU President Frank G. Pogue considers the signing a major coup for the University. “Doug Williams’ phenomenal leadership skills as a collegiate athlete, in the National Football League and as a college football coach are a tremendous gift to our football program. We are absolutely delighted that he agreed to come back home.”
Williams was drafted out of Grambling by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1978 NFL Draft. He led the Bucs to the playoffs for the first time—and repeated the feat twice in four years. In 1986, Williams joined the Washington Redskins. He led the team to its Super Bowl XXII win over the Denver Broncos, and earned the game’s MVP honors. Williams was the first black quarterback to play in a Super Bowl and is the only black quarterback to win the game. This past weekend, he was inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
Williams replaces former GSU head coach Rod Broadway, who recently resigned to take the head coaching position at North Carolina A & T. His son, D. J., also a quarterback, begins his freshman year at Grambling State in the fall.