Jeff Williams (American football)

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Jeff Williams
No. 62, 73, 72, 74
Position: Offensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-04-15) April 15, 1955 (age 62)
Place of birth: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Career information
High school: Gloucester (MA)
College: Rhode Island
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 5 / Pick: 134
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 56
Fumbles recovered: 1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Jeffrey Scott Williams (born April 15, 1955) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers, and the Chicago Bears.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts and attended Gloucester High School. While there, he played high school football as a tight end and defensive end. He was also a state champion hurdler.[1][2]

College career[edit]

Williams attended and played college football at the University of Rhode Island. After beginning his career as a tight end, he moved to offensive tackle and became a four-year letterman and four-year starter from 1973 to 1976.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Williams was drafted in the fifth round of the 1977 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. During his rookie season, he played only one game with the Rams before a knee injury ended his season.[2] In 1978, the Rams traded him to the Washington Redskins for Eddie Brown.[4] Williams, however, left Redskins training camp soon after the trade because he "didn't want to play football anymore."[4][5] However, he returned during the 10th week of the season, and started the final seven games at offensive tackle as an injury replacement for George Starke.[4] He was then moved to offensive guard, where he started for the Redskins in 1979 and 1980. In 1981, Williams was traded to the San Diego Chargers for defensive lineman Wilbur Young.[6] Williams was then traded to the Chicago Bears for draft picks in 1982, where he finished his career.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Williams is the son of Ted Williams, who also played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and Boston Yanks.[1]


  1. ^ a b "GHS Gridiron Greats 5-1". Gloucester Daily Times. September 2, 2011. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Williams Gets Serious, To Pardee's Pleasure". The Washington Post. August 16, 1979. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Jeffrey S. Williams ('77)". Rhode Island Athletics. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  4. ^ a b c "Redskins' decision on Riggins sparking grievance". Lawrence Journal-World. Google News Archives. September 5, 1980. p. 13. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Williams Quits Redskins". The Washington Post. August 15, 1978. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  6. ^ "Redskins Trade Williams for Wilbur Young". The Washington Post. May 16, 1981. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  7. ^ "Chargers Trade Williams". The Hour. Google News Archives. August 31, 1982. p. 17. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 

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