James "Froggy" Williams (American Football)

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James "Froggy" Williams
Date of birth: March 18, 1928
Place of birth: Waco, Texas
Date of death: June 23, 2015
Place of death: Houston, Texas
Career information
Position(s): E
College: Rice University

James "Froggy" Williams (March 18, 1928-June 23, 2015) was a college American football player. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965. Williams was Rice's all-time leading scorer with 156 career points, including 75 extra points.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Waco, Texas. He attended and played high school football at Waco High School.

He starred on the 1945 co-championship team that tied with Highland Park 7-7 in front of 45,790 fans at the Cotton Bowl.

College career[edit]

Williams played as an offensive/defensive left end and kicker at Rice University from 1946 to 1949 wearing jersey number 84. He stood 6-2 and weighed 197.

As a freshman, he played on the 9-2 team that defeated Tennessee in the Orange Bowl.

As a senior, he was the captain and the most important player in head coach Jess Neely's "gridiron machine" team that won the Southwest Conference Championship in 1949. The Owls won nine of 10 regular season games and defeated North Carolina and Hall of Fame back Charley "Choo Choo" Justice in the Cotton Bowl, 27-13. That year he was also named a consensus All-America choice.

The only field goal he ever made as a collegian was to beat Texas, 17-15, in their 1949 matchup.

He was a two-time All-SWC pick and Rice's all-time leading scorer. His 156 career points came on 13 touchdowns, 75 conversion kicks and a field goal.

Williams was named one of the 1950 Classic's outstanding players and was also selected to the Cotton Bowl's All-Decade team for the 1950s.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965.

He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.