The Washington Redskins announced Monday that they have hired former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Doug Williams as a personnel executive.
Williams, the MVP of the Redskins’ 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII in 1988, will assist in scouting and talent evaluation. The role will be similar to the one he had with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2004 through 2008, when he worked under current Redskins general manager Bruce Allen and alongside a coaching staff that included current Redskins coach Jay Gruden.
“It’s great to be home again,” Williams said in a statement released by the team. “It also is great to be affiliated with a GM and coach who are so focused and dedicated to winning. I have only one mission: to help this team obtain the talent it needs so the fans can experience the Super Bowl they deserve.”
Williams’ hiring was in the works for the better part of the past month, and Allen even noted after the Redskins fired coach Mike Shanahan on Dec. 30 that he may look to add someone with scouting experience to the team’s personnel department.
“We are focused on finding people with genuine football insight and a passion for winning,” Allen said in that statement. “As a player, coach and scout, Doug has seen it all and done it all, and we believe he has an incredible talent for identifying the type of players we want with the Redskins.”
Williams, 58, was the coach at Grambling State from 1998 through 2003, and returned to the same role before the 2011 season. He was fired on Sept. 11 after just two games as the school faced a litany of issues, including players later uniting to forfeit an Oct. 19 road game at Jackson State to protest the playing conditions.
He retired following the 1989 season, his last with the Redskins, and also served as a college scout for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 and 1996 and was the general manager of the Virginia Destroyers of the minor-league UFL in 2010.