Robert Jerry Williams

Nickname: “Gentle Ben”

Born: September 1, 1954

Hometown: Yazoo City, MS

Year of Induction: 1997


College Career

University of Mississippi (1972-1975)

• Four year starter at Ole Miss

• Three time All-SEC (1973-1975)

• 377 Career tackles; led team in (’74, ‘75)

• Set Ole Miss record with 18 quarterback sacks (’74)

• Elected Colonel Rebel by Ole Miss student body (’75)

• Ole Miss Co-Captain (’75)

• Ole Miss Team of the Century (’93)


Professional Career

Buffalo Bills (1976-1985)

• 78th player (3rd round) drafted in NFL draft (’76)

• Played 11 seasons in 150 games – starting in 143

• 51 quarterback sacks; 5-time leading defensive line tackler

• Pro Bowl (’82)

• Buffalo Bill’s all-time Silver anniversary Team (’84)


Did You Know?

Williams was nicknamed “Gentle Ben” at Ole Miss based on the television show with the same name. He actually wrestled a bear at halftime of a basketball game at Tad Smith Coliseum.

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