Former Redskins quarterback, Doug Williams

Douglas Lee Williams is a former American football quarterback who is mostly remembered for his remarkable Super Bowl XXII with the Washington Redskins. 

His story

Doug was born on August 9, 1955. Tampa Bay drafted him first in the 1978 NFL Draft.  During his time with the Bucs, Williams improved his completion percentage every year.  Before Williams, the team had never been to the playoffs. Doug led them to the playoffs three times and played in the 1979 NFC Championship. 

This is when he started setting records. He was the only African-American NFL player at the time.  Before signing with the Redskins, Williams played in the USFL for the Oklahoma Outlaws who would then become the Arizona Outlaws. 

When the USFL was shuttered in 1986, Williams went back to the NFL, where he joined the Washington Redskins. Williams stepped in thanks to an injury sustained by Jay Schroeder.  It was during this season the Douglas Williams led the Redskins to the XXII Super Bowl, making him the first African-American to ever play it.  

Super Bowl XXII

The Super Bowl game was a very dramatic one but it would become the peak of Williams’ career. The historic game was played in San Diego thirty years ago.  

The team, after a 10-0 score against the Broncos, made a comeback for a final score 42-10, Douglas leading the team to the Super Bowl championship. 

The Redskins set a record of scoring five touchdowns in the second quarter. This means that from the second quarter, they were down 10-0, but managed to make five touchdowns to end the half-time with a 35-10 score. 

Williams completed 18 out of 29 passes for 340 yards.  He made four touchdown passes and was chosen the game's MVP.  Not only was he the first African-American to play football, but also the first one to win it.