Sid Williams

For other people with the same name, see Sid Williams (disambiguation).
Sid Williams
No. 67, 64, 52
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1942-03-03) March 3, 1942
Place of birth: Shreveport, Louisiana
Career information
High school: Wheatley (TX)
College: Southern
NFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 16 / Pick: 222
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL champion (1964)
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 70
Touchdowns: 1
Interceptions: 1
Fumbles recovered: 1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Sidney Williams (born March 3, 1942) is a diplomat and former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Baltimore Colts, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Southern University.

Early life

Williams was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and grew up in Houston, Texas. He attended and played high school football at Wheatley High School, graduating in 1959.

College career

Williams attended and played college football at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Later, he earned a master's degree at Pepperdine University.[1]

Professional career

Williams was drafted in the 16th round (222nd overall) of the 1964 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, where he played from 1964 to 1966, and won the 1964 NFL Championship Game. After a contract dispute with the Browns in 1967,[2] he was traded to the New York Giants in 1967 for a draft selection, but was released a few weeks later.[3] Williams was then signed by the Washington Redskins, where he played in 1967. He also played for the Baltimore Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On June 4, 1967, along with other African American athletes, Williams participated in a press conference in Cleveland, Ohio to express support for Muhammad Ali, who was to stand trial for refusing to submit to the military draft.[4]

Political and Civil Service career

After retiring from football, Williams worked as a business developer with the Black Economic Union in Los Angeles, California and served as a legislative aide for Los Angeles City Councilman David S. Cunningham, Jr.[1][4] He then served as the United States Ambassador to the Bahamas under the Clinton Administration from 1994 to 1998.[4][5]

Personal life

Williams is the husband of Maxine Waters, the U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district.[6]


  1. 1 2 "Williams, Sidney (1942- )". Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  2. "Browns Trade Williams as Holdout Ends". Chicago Tribune. August 8, 1967. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  3. Parrish, Bernie (October 1, 2000). They Call It a Game: Shoulders the NFL Stands on. Authors Choice Press. ISBN 978-0-59513-076-4.
  4. 1 2 3 "Stars at the Muhammad Ali summit: Where are they now?". June 3, 2012. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  5. "Cleveland Browns 1964 championship season: Where are they now?". December 31, 2014. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  6. Murphy, Patricia. "Rep. Maxine Waters: Yank the NFL's Antitrust Exemption". Politics Daily.
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