American Football Database
American Football Database
Robert Williams
No. 23, 40     
Cornerback / Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-10-02) October 2, 1962 (age 58)
Place of birth: Galveston, Texas
High School: Galveston (TX) Ball
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: Baylor
Undrafted in 1986
Debuted in 1987 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1993 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Games played–started     85–36
Interceptions     4
Sacks     1.0
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Robert Cole Williams (born October 2, 1962) is a former American football running back whoplayed professionally in the National Football League.

Early years

Williams was a standout running back at Galveston's Ball High School and also was part of the track and field team.

He was a 1981 recruit for Baylor University, where he played for Grant Teaff. A running back in college,He never played defense in high school or college. Coach Tom Landry turned him into a defense back. He never played defense until the pros. He was a running back in high school and college, never defense.

Professional career

Washington Redskins (first stint)

Williams was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent wide receiver in 1986. He was waived before the season started.[1]

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys were intrigued by his combination of size and speed, and signed him as a free agent in 1987 with the intention of converting him to a defensive back. He was waived before the season started.[2]

After the players went on a strike on the third week of the season, those games were canceled (reducing the 16 game season to 15) and the NFL decided that the games would be played with replacement players. Williams was resigned to be a part of the Cowboys replacement team, that was given the mock name "Rhinestone Cowboys" by the media. He ended up playing well in those games as the right cornerback starter,[3] and was kept for the rest of the season,[4] playing mainly as a backup and on special teams.

In 1988, former baylor teammate Ron Francis entered the season as the starter at right cornerback, before dislocating his left shoulder during an intrasquad game in pre-season. The injury, allowed Williams to win the position outright until 1991, when Manny Hendrix replaced him as the starter.

During the following years he would become a key reserve player and one of the special teams leaders, while helping the Cowboys win Super Bowl XXVII and Super Bowl XXVIII.

On September 21, 1992 he was placed on the injured reserve list because of a right knee injury.[5] In 1993 he was waived, after starting in 36 games with the team.[6]

Kansas City Chiefs

He signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993, but was waived in March 1994.[7]

Washington Redskins (second stint)

He signed with the Washington Redskins in August 1994, but was waived during training camp. He finished his career with four interceptions.

Personal life

Today, he's an assistant football and track coach at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.


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