Gerard Williams (American football)

Gerard Anthony Williams (born May 25, 1952 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, and St. Louis Cardinals. He also was a member of the Birmingham Americans and Birmingham Vulcans in the World Football League (WFL). He played college football at Langston University.

Gerard Williams
No. 30, 33, 45, 29
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1952-05-25) May 25, 1952 (age 67)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Northeast Academy (OK)
College:Langston
Undrafted:1974
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played:68
Interceptions:13
Touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Williams attended Northeast High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He accepted a football scholarship from Langston University.

In 2014, he was inducted into the Langston University Athletic Hall of Fame.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

Williams was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 1974 NFL Draft. He was released before the start of the season.

Birmingham Americans (WFL)Edit

On September 17, 1974, he signed as a free agent with the Birmingham Americans of the World Football League.[2] He was named the starter at right cornerback and had 4 interceptions.

In 1975, the Americans suffered a financial crisis and were replaced by the Birmingham Vulcans. Williams played in 9 games and had 3 interceptions before the league folded.

Los Angeles RamsEdit

In 1975, he signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Rams. He was released on August 11.[3]

Washington RedskinsEdit

On April 6, 1976, he was signed as a free agent by the Washington Redskins.[4]. He was a backup at left corenerback behind Pat Fischer. In 1977, he became a starter after Fischer suffered a pinched back nerve.[5] He started 11 games and posted 4 interceptions.

In 1978, he was passed on the depth chart by Lemar Parrish. Williams regained his starting position after Parrish was lost for the season with a fractured forearm, finishing with 5 starts and 4 interceptions.[6] He was released on August 27, 1979.[7]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On September 6, 1979, he signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers.[8] He started 14 games at right cornerback and registered 4 interceptions. He was released on September 1, 1980.[9]

St. Louis CardinalsEdit

On October 22, 1980, he was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals.[10]. He was waived on November 19.[11]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On November 20, 1980, he was re-signed by the San Francisco 49ers.[12] He was released on May 14, 1981.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Langston University Players Inducted Into Hall of Fame". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Four Players Cut". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Pro football transactions". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Allen Leads Old Men Onto Battlefield". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Saturday Scouting Report". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Williams Joins 49ers". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  9. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  10. ^ "Defensive Troubles Still Plague 49ers". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "Pair released by Big Red". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  12. ^ "Trasactions". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  13. ^ "49ers Sign Two DBs, Waive Another Corner". Retrieved December 1, 2019.

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