'Doug Williams: A Football Life' Premieres Friday, December 7 at 8:00 PM ET
"I traveled the road that was less traveled…It was a lot of detours for me to get to where I had to get." – Doug Williams
The eighth season of NFL Network's Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Friday, December 7 at 8:00 PM ET with a profile of former Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Doug Williams. The one-hour show produced by NFL Films features sitdown interviews with Williams, Redskins owner Dan Snyder, former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, former teammates such as Gary Clark, Jimmie Giles and Jeff Bostic, former Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon, family members and others.
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Among the topics discussed in Doug Williams: A Football Life are:
- Growing up in Zachary, Louisiana in the segregated south
- His four years at Grambling State University where he set an NCAA record for touchdown passes and led the team to three conference titles
- Being selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1978 NFL Draft and leading the struggling franchise to its first postseason appearance
- Sitting out the entire 1983 NFL season following a contract dispute with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and playing two seasons with the Oklahoma Outlaws in the USFL
- The quarterback competition between himself and Jay Schroeder that took place during the 1987 NFL season in Washington
- Becoming the first African-American quarterback to start in the Super Bowl and being named Super Bowl MVP
Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.
Doug Williams: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:
Raunda Williams – Wife
Dan Snyder – Washington Redskins owner
Joe Gibbs – Former Washington Redskins head coach and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator
Michael Wilbon – Former Washington Post columnist
James "Shack" Harris – Former Grambling State and NFL quarterback
Gary Clark – Washington Redskins teammate
Jeff Bostic – Washington Redskins teammate
Jimmie Giles – Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate
Mark Cotney – Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammate
Jon Gruden – Oakland Raiders head coach
Jack Youngblood – Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end
Provided below are some select quotes from Doug Williams: A Football Life:
- "I traveled the road that was less traveled. My road wasn't super highways, it wasn't Interstate. It was a lot of detours for me to get to where I had to get." – Doug Williams
- "It kind of put us defensive guys on alert. It's not going to be easy to bring this guy down." – Jack Youngblood
- "Nobody could do the things that Doug could do. He could run if he wanted to run but Doug Williams was a pure passer." – Jimmie Giles
- "Everybody has gone through something but Doug has had a lot of grief, a lot of really bad things that have happened. And he has been able to use that as fuel and pick himself back up, and push through and succeed at the highest level." – Raunda Williams
- "That game was the beginning of America realizing that black quarterbacks had not only arrived, but they were here to stay." – James "Shack" Harris on Super Bowl XXII
- "There is just some stuff you had to overcome. Find a way to get off the turf as coach [Eddie] Robinson used to always say. You have to find a way to get off the turf." – Doug Williams
The eighth season of A Football Life concludes on Friday, December 14 at 8:00 PM ET with a profile of Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas.
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