William Gaines (American football)

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William Gaines
No. 93, 95
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-06-20) June 20, 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth: Jackson, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 280 lb (127 kg)
Career information
High school: Jackson (MS) Lanier
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 5 / Pick: 147
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 52
Games started: 24
Tackles: 72
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

William Albert Gaines (born June 20, 1971) is an American former college and professional football player who was a defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons during the 1990s. Gaines played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Gaines was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1971.[1] He attended Lanier High School in Jackson,[2] and played high school football for the Lanier Bulldogs.

College career[edit]

Gaines received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1990 to 1993.[3] He was a member of the Gators teams that won Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships in 1991 and 1993.[3] As a senior team captain in 1993, Gaines was a first-team All-SEC selection, and the recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award recognizing the "senior football player who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage."[3]

Professional career[edit]

The Miami Dolphins drafted Gaines in the fifth round (147th pick overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft,[4] and he played for the Dolphins for a single season in 1994.[5] He played three seasons for the Washington Redskins from 1995 to 1997.[5] In his four-season NFL career, Gaines started twenty-four of fifty-two NFL games in which he played, and recorded two quarterback sacks, one forced fumble and sixty tackles.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, William Gaines. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, William Gaines. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 88, 97, 103, 125, 181 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1994 National Football League Draft. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
  5. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, William Gaines. Retrieved July 25, 2010.


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