Dave Williams (running back)
David Ray Williams (born March 10, 1954) is a former professional American football running back in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. He also played for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He played college football at the University of Colorado.
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|Born:||March 10, 1954|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school:||Homer (LA)|
|NFL Draft:||1976 / Round: 7 / Pick: 208|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
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As a junior, he made 73 completions out of 139 attempts (52.5%) for 899 yards and 3 touchdowns, while rushing for 190 yards and 4 touchdowns. In his last year he had 103 completions out of 172 attempts (59.9%) for 1,282 yards and 7 touchdowns, while rushing for 572 yards and 7 touchdowns. He finished his career as the school's total offense record holder with 3,576 yards.
Williams was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 1976 NFL Draft as an athlete, with the intention of playing him at running back, but he opted not to sign with the team.
San Francisco 49ersEdit
In 1977, he was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent. That season, he was a backup running back, but also returned one kickoff for a touchdown. The next year, he was used mostly on special teams as a kickoff returner. He was released on August 20, 1979.
On August 29, 1979, he was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Bears. He started 12 games at fullback after Roland Harper was lost for the year with a knee injury, while blocking for Walter Payton and registering 755 all-purpose yards. The next year, he returned to a backup and special teams role.
The biggest highlight of his career came on Thanksgiving Day 1980 against the Detroit Lions, when he returned the opening overtime kickoff 95 yards for a game-winning touchdown, completing a comeback from a 17-3 deficit. At the time, it was the shortest overtime in NFL history. In November 1981, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a fractured leg.
- "Bears Win With Suddenness". Retrieved February 24, 2018.