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Redskins Name Doug Williams Senior Vice President of Player Personnel

Doug Williams is an NFL icon and the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

Doug Williams is an NFL icon and the first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl. He stared at Grambling, a legendary HBCU football program that produced a flurry of NFL players in the 70s and 80s, and played under the tutelage of the great father, visionary, leader, teacher and life liberator coach Eddie Robinson.  

He later coached at the program after a memorable pro career and has continued to relive that moment with the Washington Redskins in 1988, when his right arm, immense talents and unstoppable determination shattered the NFLs QB color-barrier with a mythical, record-demolishing performance by Williams. 

Three decades later, the team which he led to that unforgettable Super Bowl championship has welcomed the astute, football lifer and living legend into the elite fold by promoting him to Senior vice President of Player Personnel, team president Bruce Allen announced on Tuesday morning at a news conference.

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Redskins promote Doug Williams to Senior Vice President of Player Personnel.


Williams has been with the team as a senior personnel executive since February 2014. The 61-year-old previously worked for Allen with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has scouted for the Jacksonville Jaguars.


With the elevation of Williams, the Washington Redskins have finalized their front office structure following the firing of general manager Scot McCloughan on March 9. 

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The Deputy Editor and Senior Writer is in his 23rd year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, magazines and national TV.

His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.