Ashburn, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Redskins have brought back a Super Bowl hero, naming former quarterback Doug Williams to a front office position.
Williams will join the club's personnel department. He served in a similar role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, another of his former teams, from 2004-08 and was the club's director of pro personnel in 2009.
"We are focused on finding people with genuine football insight and a passion for winning," said Redskins general manager Bruce Allen in a statement Monday. "As a player, coach and scout, Doug has seen it all and done it all, and we believe he has an incredible talent for identifying the type of players we want with the Redskins."
Williams played for the Redskins from 1986-89 and led the team to a Super Bowl XXII victory over Denver after the 1987 season. He was the first African- American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl and earned game MVP honors with 340 passing yards and four touchdowns in the 42-10 romp.
"It's great to be home again," said Williams on Monday. "It also is great to be affiliated with a GM and coach who are so focused and dedicated to winning. I have only one mission: to help this team obtain the talent it needs so the fans can experience the Super Bowl they deserve."
Williams also had a pair of stints as head coach of his alma mater, Grambling State. He guided the Tigers from 1998-2003 and again from 2011-13, leading the team to a record of 61-34 with four Southwestern Athletic Conference titles.