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NFL to honor Doug Williams and 20th anniversary of Super Bowl win

Glendale, Ariz. -- The NFL will salute former great and Super Bowl XXII MVP Doug Williams during Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3, 2008.

Guess what helped Doug Williams roll into that trampling spell 20 years ago in Super Bowl XXII?

Go ahead, make any sense of the day before, the night before, how he prepared for that marvelous game, especially that mind-blowing second quarter, when he rose and delivered a world championship for the Washington Redskins and a cultural exam for America. More ...

Williams, who led the Washington Redskins to a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos 20 years ago in San Diego, will participate in the Vince Lombardi Trophy ceremony at the conclusion of Super Bowl XLII. The ceremony will be televised live by FOX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.

Watched by nearly 140 million viewers in the U.S. last year, the Super Bowl is annually the nation's highest-rated TV program. The game will be broadcast worldwide in more than 230 countries and territories.

Williams joins the ranks of Hall of Fame coaches Don Shula and Bart Starr as legends saluted in previous Lombardi Trophy ceremonies, which was expanded in 2006 to include a great from a prior Super Bowl. Shula participated in last year's ceremony, while Starr was featured as part of Super Bowl XL in Detroit.

Following the 1987 season, Williams set or tied what were several Super Bowl passing records at the time, including most TD passes (four), most yards passing (340), longest pass completion (80 yards) and longest TD pass (80 yards). Williams competed 18 of 29 passes for 340 yards and four second-quarter touchdowns. The Redskins erupted for a Super Bowl-record 35 points in a span of less than six minutes in the second quarter en route to the 42-10 victory.

Williams retired in 1989 from the NFL and went into coaching, including replacing the legendary Eddie Robinson in 1997 as the head coach at Grambling State, his alma mater. He is currently a personnel executive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he is responsible for scouting, player evaluations and recruiting free agents.

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