Joe Williams (born March 30, 1947) is a former American football running back of the National Football League. He was drafted out of Wyoming and earned a [1 ] Super Bowl ring in his first year in the league as a member of the 1972 Super Bowl VI-winning Dallas Cowboys under coach Tom Landry. He also played for the [2 ] New Orleans Saints and finished with 139 career rushing yards and 175 yards receiving.
Early years [ edit ]
As a senior co-captain playing for the
University of Wyoming, he was one of the fourteen African American players that were dismissed from the team after threatening to wear black armbands during a game against BYU, to protest the racial policies of the LDS church. [3 ] [4 ]
At the time of the incident (known as the "Black 14"), the Cowboys were undefeated (4-0) and ranked 12th in the nation. Even though Wyoming beat BYU 40-7 and
San Jose State University the next game without the players, it would lose its last four games of 1969 and went 1-9 the next year, which prompted the school to fire head coach Lloyd Eaton. The incident also affected the University to successfully recruit [5 ] African American players for several years.
Professional career [ edit ]
Dallas Cowboys [ edit ]
Williams was selected in the 12th round (309th overall) of the
1970 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie he was used sparingly and spent time on the taxi squad. He was traded to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a fourth round draft choice, which the team would use to select [6 ] Tim Kearney.
New Orleans Saints [ edit ]
New Orleans Saints acquired Williams in a trade, after he averaged seven yards on six carries against them in preseason. After starting three games, he was waived in June [7 ] 1973. [8 ]
Los Angeles Rams [ edit ]
Los Angeles Rams claimed him off waivers on June 19, 1973, before releasing him on August 29. [9 ] [10 ]
References [ edit ]
^ Epstein, Eddie. Dominance: The Best Seasons of Pro Football's Greatest Teams. Dulles, VA: Brassey's Inc., 2002. 110. ISBN 1-57488-466-2
^ Perkins, Steve. The Dallas Cowboys: Winning the Big One. Grosset & Dunlap, 1972. ISBN 0-448-02080-7