Grambling Legends status is top honor for Doug Williams

Doug Williams is no stranger to praise. He already is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Chaneyville High School Hall of Fame. Tonight, he and 14 others will be inducted into the Grambling Legends Hall of Fame during a 6 p.m. ceremony at the Monroe Civic Center.

Williams said what makes this honor unique is it’s “like coming home.” As he looked around the room at his fellow inductees during a press conference on Friday, he saw all those faces that helped him along his path to becoming the only African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

“I think it speaks volumes,” he said. “From day one, when I stepped foot on Grambling’s campus, I knew who was on hand. I knew people who had been there before me. Sammy White caught my first college TD pass against Prairie View in Dallas, Texas. President (Joseph B.) Johnson was the president my senior year. (Eugene) “Doc” Harvey wrapped my ankles for four years at Grambling. Adolph Byrd — he recruited me to Grambling. He was the guy that came and sat in my mom’s house.”

Also included in the class is Williams’ older brother, Robert Williams, who played baseball at Grambling and influenced his younger brother to follow his footsteps.

“I love Grambling, I’ve always loved Grambling, I bleed black and gold, and even my brothers who came after me, I wanted to make sure they all came to Grambling,” Robert Williams said.

That familiarity — transcending different sports and different generations of Grambling athletes, coaches, administrators, and support staff — is what makes the honor unique.

“Everybody’s basically known each other for a long time,” Doug Williams said. “There’s nothing like this.”

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