Grambling State Honors Doug Williams With Street Name

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On Friday afternoon, Grambling State University honored former Redskins quarterback Doug Williams with his own street name: Doug Williams Drive.

The street is located on the corner of Facilities and Stadium Drive on the Grambling State campus in Louisiana.

"I was a little shocked," Williams recently told Larry Michael on "Redskins Nation," "because you don't expect anything to happen like that."

Williams, who serves as the Redskins' senior vice president of player personnel, starred for Grambling State from 1974 to 1977. He passed for more than 8,000 yards and 93 touchdowns, posted a 35-5 record as the starter and led the Tigers to three Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) titles. He was also named the Black College Player of the Year twice and finished fourth in the 1977 Heisman Trophy voting. In 2001, Williams was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Williams also served as Grambling's head football coach for several seasons and led the Tigers to three consecutive SWAC championships from 2000 to 2002.

As the street naming announcement spread around social media, Williams received plenty of congratulatory messages, including one from a fellow world champion: NBA Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

"When you think about it, somebody like Magic Johnson throwing shout-outs like that, you've got to be humbled," Williams said. "Here's a guy that's one of the greatest of all time in his sport, letting you know that he watches what you do just like I watched what he was doing. To me, that's a great accolade and I really appreciate him doing that."

A first-round pick in the 1978 draft, Williams went on to have an illustrious nine-year NFL career that began with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As the only African-American starting quarterback in the NFL, he led the Buccaneers to their first three playoff appearances in franchise history during his five-year tenure.

Following two seasons in the USFL, Williams played with the Redskins from 1986 to 1989 and won Super Bowl XXII with Washington during the 1987 season. In a 42-10 win over the Denver Broncos, Williams completed 18-of-29 passes for 340 yards with four touchdown passes en route to winning Super Bowl MVP honors.

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Williams, a member of the 80 Greatest Redskins and a Redskins Ring of Famer, is also the first African-American starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, as well as the only Super Bowl quarterback to throw four touchdowns in a single quarter.

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