Marcus Williams (American football)

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Marcus Williams
No. 85
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-12-12) December 12, 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth: Oakland, California
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Washington State
Undrafted in 2002
Debuted in 2002 for the Oakland Raiders
Last played in 2002 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history

Marcus A. Williams (born December 12, 1977) is a former backup tight end for the Oakland Raiders who was forced to retire in 2003 after teammate Bill Romanowski broke his eye socket with a punch.


Bill Romanowski had a history of getting out of hand on the field. Williams took him to court seeking $3.4 million. Ronnie Lott and Jerry Rice, who had played with Romanowski, said that he had "crossed the line" in an admittedly violent sport. Williams was awarded $340,000. Though this was only a tenth of what he sought, Williams said that it was not really about the money but that he and his attorneys "just wanted to prove what was right and wrong about football."

The defendant's attorney, Jeffrey Springer, stated that Williams' case was "like when someone tried to sue McDonald's for serving them dangerously hot coffee."[1]


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