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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Gregg Williams

   (Born July 15, 1958) -- It’s fair to say that this particular entry has a different feel to it than it would have a few months ago.

   The Missouri-born Williams went to what is now Truman State University and worked his way up the ladder. He made a big step forward when he was an assistant coach at the University of Houston under Jack Pardee.

   Williams reached the pros with the Oilers in 1990, and became the team’s defensive coordinator in 1997. He stayed there through 2000, when he won the job as the Bills’ head coach.

   Williams was a big change from the more laid-back Wade Phillips. The team went 3-13, 8-8 and 6-10 during his time in Buffalo, and his contract was not renewed.

   Since then, he has worked as an assistant with Washington, Jacksonville and New Orleans. Earlier this year it was revealed that he ran a "bounty fund" that rewarded players for knocking opponents out of games. Williams was suspended by the NFL, and his future in football is very uncertain at this point.

--- Budd Bailey

 

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.

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