Jamie Williams (American football)

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Jamie Williams
No. 85, 87, 81, 88
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1960-02-25) February 25, 1960 (age 58)
Vero Beach, Florida
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Davenport (IA) Central
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 3 / Pick: 63
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 181
Receiving Yards: 1,980
Touchdowns: 11
Player stats at NFL.com

Jamie Earl Williams (born February 25, 1960) is a former professional American football tight end who played for 12 seasons in the National Football League, mainly for the Houston Oilers and the San Francisco 49ers.

Early years[edit]

Williams played football, basketball, and track at Davenport Central High School in Davenport, Iowa, graduating in 1977. Nebraska was the only college to offer him a scholarship for both football and basketball, and he therefore accepted, continuing on to play 4 years of both sports at Nebraska. Williams was a four-year letterwinner and earned All-Big Eight honors in 1981 and 1982.[1]


Williams graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He completed a Masters of Science in Mass Communication at San Jose State University in 1993, and completed a Doctorate of Education in Organization and Leadership, including an emphasis in sports administration, at the University of San Francisco in 2000.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Williams was drafted by the New York Giants and played 12 seasons in the NFL as a tight end, with the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Oilers, San Francisco 49ers, and Los Angeles Raiders.[3]

Williams was a huge comic book fan, particularly of Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian; in order to psyche himself up for big games he would visualize himself as one of those heroes.[4]

Williams spent six years as the Athletic Director for the Academy of Art University Urban Knights[5] in San Francisco. Before Williams' hiring, Academy of Art did not have an intercollegiate athletic program. Williams and his staff created an NCAA Division II athletic department including over 200 student-athletes in 16 sports.[6]

Williams was the Associate Athletic Director of Diversity and Leadership Initiatives at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 3 years.[7]

He is currently the Director of Student Athlete Engagement and Professional Development at the University of Maryland, College Park.[8]


Williams has appeared on KTVU news as a sports analyst on several occasions. He was a technical consultant in the movie Any Given Sunday. He was the Founder, President, and CEO of the San Francisco Bay Area film production company Y Motion Media.


Williams lives in Nebraska with his wife, Charlotte, and two children.


  1. ^ "#80 Jamie Williams". University of Nebraska. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Jamie Williams Returns to Nebraska". WOWT.com. May 21, 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jamie Williams, TE". NFL.com. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bullpen Bulletins", Marvel comics cover-dated July 1990.
  5. ^ "Academy of Art University Athletics Staff Directory". Academy of Art University. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Jamie Williams Returns to Nebraska". WOWT.com. May 21, 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Jamie Williams". University of Nebraska. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Maryland Announces Hire of Dr. Jamie Williams". University of Maryland. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 

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