Robert Williams (cornerback)
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|Position:||Cornerback / Safety|
|Date of birth:||October 2, 1962|
|Place of birth:||Galveston, Texas|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school:||Ball (TX)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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Robert Cole Williams (born October 2, 1962) is a former American football running back who played professionally in National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys as a defensive back. A running back in high School and college, Coach Tom Landry turned him into a defensive back because of his speed. Dallas had Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker as there running backs.
Washington Redskins (first stint)
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.
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 re-signed 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, and was kept for the rest of the season 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.
On September 21, 1992, he was placed on the injured reserve list because of a right knee injury. He was one of two players declared inactive for Super Bowl XXVII (the other was Alan Veingrad). He was released on October 12, 1993.
Kansas City Chiefs
Washington Redskins (second stint)
Williams is an assistant track coach and football coach at Jesuit College Preparatory School Of Dallas.
- NFL replacements part of history
- Williams a Surprise for Hapless Cowboys
- Former Baylor Teammates Fighting for Same Position