Super Bowl to honor Williams during trophy presentation

Updated: January 29, 2008, 12:37 AM ET
Associated Press

Doug Williams, the first black player to quarterback a Super Bowl championship team, will take part in the Vince Lombardi Trophy presentation ceremony following Sunday's game.

The honor comes 20 years after Williams was chosen the game's MVP for leading the Washington Redskins to a 42-10 Super Bowl triumph over Denver in San Diego.

Williams set several Super Bowl passing records at the time, including touchdowns (4), yards passing (340) and longest pass completion (80 yards). His team scored a Super Bowl-record 35 points in a span of less than six minutes.

Williams retired as a player in 1989. He replaced his famed coach Eddie Robinson at Grambling in 1997. Currently, he is a personnel executive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Williams joins Hall of Famers Don Shula and Bart Starr as participants in the trophy ceremony. Since 2006, the NFL has included a great from a former Super Bowl in the trophy presentation.


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