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For Doug Williams, Ring of Honor marks sweet return

Doug Williams came back to the Bucs with six years in their front office, of course, but his induction to the team's Ring of Honor is not his only football return to Tampa.

Williams never faced the Bucs as an NFL opponent during his final years with the Redskins, but in 1984 and 1985, he returned to Tampa in the USFL, with the Oklahoma (and later Arizona) Outlaws.

Williams threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns in his first return, but that was a 48-21 loss to the Bandits, in which Williams got two personal fouls for late hits on players who'd intercepted him. Newspaper accounts had someone offering $500 for each time Williams was sacked. "Some guy put a bounty on me," he said after the game. "How's that, a bounty on an Outlaw?"

In 1985, Williams returned to Tampa, only to lose again 23-13, throwing two interceptions in the end zone. Some fans welcomed Williams back from his Bucs days, but others resented him leaving, whatever the circumstances were.

"Fans had outfitted a dummy with a football uniform and the quarterback's No. 12 jersey and delighted in throwing it about," the Evening Independent wrote of the game.

 A heavy rain prevented Doug Williams (#12) from doing much as the Bucs lost to the Washington Redskins 21-13.  

[Times staff]

September 19, 1982

A heavy rain prevented Doug Williams (#12) from doing much as the Bucs lost to the Washington Redskins 21-13. [Times staff]

For Doug Williams, Ring of Honor marks sweet return 12/05/15 [Last modified: Friday, December 4, 2015 6:00pm]
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