The NFL honored Joe Williams Thursday with a Golden Football as part of the league's Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. The award celebrates players and coaches who have participated in any Super Bowl and have had a positive impact on their communities and on the game.
Williams was a former Dunbar High School student athlete. He won a state championship in both football and track for Dunbar back in 1964.
Williams later played college football at Wyoming, then was drafted in the 12th round by the Dallas Cowboys in 1971. In 1972, Williams helped win the Cowboys first-ever Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XI.
“My favorite moment from Super Bowl XI was meeting Jim Brown. That was my favorite. As a running back myself, he was the Emmitt of our day from that stand point. Getting a chance to meet him was fantastic,” said Williams. “I had a chance to meet him, introduce my wife to him, and had a chance to sit and visit with him for a while. That's something that I'll always remember.”
Lufkin head football coach Todd Quick presented Williams with the Golden Football and Williams decided to return it back to the school. Williams said he wanted the football to be displayed in a trophy case at the school so that the kids would learn to dream big and know that anything is possible.
“One thing I wanted to make sure was that all the kids had an opportunity to really see that this is possible. You have to dream. When you dream, you have to see some tangible results from it,” said Williams. “I wanted them to see some tangible results that a guy from Lufkin, Texas won the Super Bowl, played in the Super Bowl and here’s a ball to prove it.”
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