Fred Williams (defensive lineman)

Not to be confused with Fred Williams (wide receiver).
Fred Williams

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Williams on a 1952 Bowman football card
No. 75, 77
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1929-02-08)February 8, 1929
Place of birth: Little Rock, Arkansas
Date of death: October 9, 2000(2000-10-09) (aged 71)
Place of death: Heber Springs, Arkansas
Career information
High school: Little Rock Central (AR)
College: Arkansas
NFL Draft: 1952 / Round: 5 / Pick: 56
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 168
Interceptions: 2
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Fred Williams (February 8, 1929 October 9, 2000) was an American football defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins. He went to four Pro Bowls during his 14-year career. Williams played college football at the University of Arkansas and was drafted in the fifth round of the 1952 NFL Draft.

Early life

Williams was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and attended Little Rock Central High School. While attending Little Rock Central, he played high school football and was a two-time All-State selection.[1] While in high school, Williams also won championships in basketball and boxing.[1]

College career

Williams attended and played college football at the University of Arkansas. He played in the 1952 Chicago College All-Star Game.[1] Williams was also a boxing and wrestling champion while attending Arkansas.[2]

Professional career

Williams was drafted in the fifth round of the 1952 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, where he played from 1952 to 1963 and was part of the Bears' 1963 NFL Championship team. In 1964, he was traded to the Washington Redskins, along with Angelo Coia, for the Redskins' sixth overall pick in the 1965 NFL Draft, which they used to select Steve DeLong.[2]


Williams died from a stroke on October 9, 2000 in Heber Springs, Arkansas.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 "ASHOF Inductee Profiles". Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  2. 1 2 "Williams, Coia Trade to Redskins". The Palm Beach Post. Google News Archives. June 8, 1964. p. 9. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  3. "Fred Williams dies of stroke at 71". Log Cabin Democrat. October 11, 2000. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
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