Chat with Doug Williams
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, former NFL quarterback Doug Williams stops by to chat as part of ESPN.com's tribute to Black History Month.
Williams is best known as being the first, and so far only, African-American quarterback to win the Super Bowl. He led the Washington Redskins to a 42-10 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII in 1988. Williams won the game's MVP award by throwing for 340 yards and four TDs on 18 of 29 passing.
The Grambling State product was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played there for five seasons. After a two-year stint in the USFL, Williams returned to the NFL, playing for the Redskins. He spent four seasons with Washington.
Send your questions now and join Williams Friday at 4 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (3:54 PM)
Doug will be here at the top of the hour to take your questions!
Buzzmaster (4:01 PM)
Doug, What did you think of the saints winning there first super bowl?
Doug Williams (4:02 PM)
To be honest with you, I thought the Saints even in the offseason had put together one of the best teams. They started to gel and I've always thought high of Drew Brees. Adding Coach Williams on defense, I thought they had a good team. I'm so happy for New Orleans and Louisiana. It's a fitting end for the Saints.
Doug, are you going to be going to the Black College HOF ceremony?
Doug Williams (4:03 PM)
I'm actually in Atlanta right now. We'll probably go out to get something to eat tonight. I'm looking forward to it. I think it will be a great night. I think this is the start of something great.
Can you describe what the Super Bowl atmosphere was like?
Doug Williams (4:04 PM)
Wow, it's been 22 years and I don't think there's a day that goes by that you don't go back to it. The good thing about it is I can almost go play by play the things that happened that day. It's one of those things that if you have a chance to go back to it, you should. Even today, when I see championships in baseball, basketball, everything, you can feel what those guys are going through. It's a great feeling.
Did you like the cream orange jerseys when you played for the Bucs?
Doug Williams (4:05 PM)
Coming into Tampa, those were our uniforms. We didn't have a choice. Once you got into them, you thought they were good. This '09 season, the first game they won were in those jerseys. So I thought they were pretty cool.
How important is it for us to have the Black College HOF?
Doug Williams (4:06 PM)
I'm sure some people don't think it's necessary, but once you see the history and the names not just this year but down the road of guys that have not gotten the recognition they deserve, it's amazing. I think it will be a big part of black history once we start enshrining these guys.
Scott (Atlanta, GA)
You explored a couple coaching options recently before deciding to stay in the Tampa Bay front office. Why did the Tampa job appeal to you more at this point? Is coaching something you definitely want to get back into?
Doug Williams (4:07 PM)
First of all, you have to have a job to go to. I had a chance to interview for the University of South Florida job. I talked to Mark Dominick that I was going to interview. It's not that I like to do it. I'll be doing it again this year.
when did you first pick up a football?
Doug Williams (4:09 PM)
That's a great question. Growing up, we didn't have a football, we had to throw an empty jug around. I first played football in 8th grade. My older brother made me play. I didn't want to play. I played baseball and was a pitcher. On a Thursday, before a Friday game, and for some reason, little old short me, I outthrew everybody in our little game of who could throw the farthest. I realized I could play the game.
Doug, the 'Skins were pretty bad this year. Any advice for your former team?
Doug Williams (4:10 PM)
They didn't win a lot of games, but they played a lot of games close. I think they'll be a better team than some people expect. A lot of people get on Jason Campbell, but he's a young guy who's had different OCs every year. I'm sure coach Shanahan will build a better football team. I think they'll be better in the next few years.
What player reminds you of you?
Doug Williams (4:11 PM)
We have a young kid, Josh Freeman. The guy that we have here in Tampa, reminds me a lot of me from the stand point that he's oblivious to the rush. He hangs on to the ball. He can take a lickin' and get back up and do his job.
Hayden (Logan, Utah)
what player back in the day could lay the smack down the hardest?
Doug Williams (4:12 PM)
That's a good one...I had to face so many folks back then. We used to play the Lions and they had a good defensive line. We'd win the game and the next couple of days, you'd feel the beat down. Playing the Eagles and Jerome Brown and those guys. There were a lot of mac trucks.
Capella (Tampa, FL)
Doug, can you give us a little insight into the Bucs offseason plans?
Doug Williams (4:13 PM)
It's too early to tell, with the draft still coming up. Once we finish the combine, we might be able to say more what our plans are. Right now it's a little too early.
What are your duties with the Bucs?
Doug Williams (4:14 PM)
My duties are on the pro side. We go out and watch every team in the league. We watch all the players and write reports on them. We have guys that watch the teams for next week and watch game film. We keep up with the pro side. Guys that will become free agents or guys that get cut.
Mr. Williams, can you please settle this: Did someone actually ask you how long you've been a black QB?
Doug Williams (4:15 PM)
Some people would love for it to be a legend, but it was a question that was asked. I kind of understood where the guy was coming from. 22 years removed from that, I think we've come a long ways when you look at how many guys of color have gotten a chance to play QB in the league. The mindset of a black guy not being able to play QB is long gone.
Doug Williams (4:16 PM)
This is a great weekend for Historical Black Colleges. Hopefully somewhere along the line, people who might have questions about it will check it out. You can always go online and check out www.blackcollegefootballhof.org for more information on these guys.
Buzzmaster (4:17 PM)
Thanks for chatting Doug!