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Clarence Williams (running back, born 1955)

Clarence Williams (January 25, 1955 – September 18, 1994) was an American football running back in the National Football League for the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of South Carolina and was drafted in the fifth round of the 1977 NFL Draft. On September 16, 1979, Williams rushed for 4 touchdowns for the San Diego Chargers in a win over the Buffalo Bills, a franchise record he shares with LaDainian Tomlinson.

Clarence Williams
No. 40
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:(1955-01-25)January 25, 1955
Oakley, South Carolina
Died:September 18, 1994(1994-09-18) (aged 39)
Columbia, South Carolina
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:1977 / Round: 5 / Pick: 124
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:67
Games started:27
Rushing yards:1,327
Rushing TDs:17
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

College careerEdit

While attending South Carolina, Williams lettered in football in 1975-76 and rushed for 2,311 career yards, including eight 100-yard games. He was inducted into the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.[1]


On September 17, 1994, Williams was shot in his car while at an intersection. He died at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina the following day.[2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2009-10-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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