The former Redskins quarterback and Super Bowl XXII MVP was the general manager of the fledgling Virginia Destroyers of the UFL when he was approached by the Redskins about joining their front office staff. At about the same time, however, the possibility of him returning as the head coach at Grambling, where his teams went 52-18 in six seasons.
Strictly in terms of money, the Redskins job was the superior opportunity. "From a monetary standpoint, the NFL situation would have been a lot better," he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
But there was more at Grambling than the lure of coaching at his old school again. There are family ties. "My wife graduated from Grambling; my momma and daddy graduated from Grambling. I graduated from Grambling, and I had two brothers that graduated from Grambling," he said.
But there was one family tie in particular that clinched the decision for Williams. His son D. J. will be the starting quarterback for the Tigers. This week Williams named him the starter over sophomore Frank Rivers.
"Frank wasn't out there for spring football, and D.J. was," Williams said. "He just has a better feel for the system, more confidence in it, because he was out there in the spring."
Williams had the resume for the Redskins job, having worked with the Tampa Bay Bucs front office from 2004-2010. But it is easy to see why he would take the opportunity in Grambling to serve as head coach as his son plays quarterback.