Williams’ most famous work may have been with the Redskins, but one could argue that he did his best work as the quarterback of the Bucs.
After Tampa Bay won two games over its first two seasons, they made Williams the 17th pick of the 1978 NFL draft. He went on to post records over .500 in three out of five seasons he played in Tampa Bay. That first full year as a starter, the team went 10-6 and in 1980, although the team went 5-10-1, Williams had his best year with the team, throwing 20 touchdown passes versus 16 interceptions.
For our younger readers, 20 touchdown passes were a lot back in 1980. The game was different.
Williams would have had a longer career in Tampa Bay if it weren’t for the owner. Then-owner Hugh Culverhouse would not give Williams market value, even though the play clearly showed that he deserved it.