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Safety Roy Williams turns down contract offer, takes media job

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The other Roy Williams — a perennial Pro Bowl safety who spent seven seasons with the Cowboys and two with the Bengals — quietly has disappeared from the NFL’s radar screen.

According to, Williams will be a pregame host and sideline reporter for Oklahoma University, where he played college football.

Williams says that he received an offer from a West Coast team, but he decided not to take it.  That said, he’s not closing the door on playing again.

“My body is telling me that I am making the right moves, but if the right offer came along I guess I’d have to think about [playing again],” Williams said.

A first-team All Pro in 2003, Williams was named to five straight Pro Bowl teams.

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51 Responses to “Safety Roy Williams turns down contract offer, takes media job”
  1. zaavonb says: Aug 24, 2011 6:46 PM

    im an eagles fan but i swear he was a good player until that dirty player stuff started to hurt his career he back off from what he was doing which was striking fear in player heart which hurt his career but it was a good one

  2. cokewithrealsugar says: Aug 24, 2011 6:47 PM

    University of Oklahoma.

  3. ocho says: Aug 24, 2011 6:47 PM

    Hopefully he will cover games better than he did receivers

  4. AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Aug 24, 2011 6:50 PM

    He’s played NINE YEARS!?!

    Jeez, time flies nowadays. If you told me he’d played five I would have believed it.

  5. realdraftgm says: Aug 24, 2011 6:50 PM

    Do not blame him with the medical costs and risks of getting hurt not making enough is not worth the risk.

  6. raylewis52 says: Aug 24, 2011 6:52 PM

    I’m willing to bet that team was in the NFC West.

  7. ajknox88 says: Aug 24, 2011 6:56 PM

    You see this every now and then, a veteran making a good move and retiring instead of staining a great career by having sub par years in the end.

  8. mountaindont says: Aug 24, 2011 7:02 PM

    A smoke and mirrors safety. He had the occasional highlight reel big hit but his cover skills were awful.

  9. kayotiicdat says: Aug 24, 2011 7:08 PM


  10. radrntn says: Aug 24, 2011 7:08 PM

    would not be surprised at all if it was the raiders. seeing how williams went too high school just south of oakland. Plus knowing Hiram Eugene is out because of the hip injury, and Mike Mitchell is in Napa on crutches, pretty much confirms it. I like his “horse collar” tackles!

    16 raiders sat out practice due to various “nicks, and bruises” Hue is running a tough camp.

  11. bearsrulepackdrool says: Aug 24, 2011 7:11 PM

    He needs to get back with Kelly Rowland for some of that “Motivation!”

    Seriously ever since they split he ain’t been worth a cuss.

  12. snowpea84 says: Aug 24, 2011 7:12 PM

    The guy was a total liability at safety. He hit like a medium sized linebacker and covered like a…slightly smaller than mediocre sized linebacker.

  13. nycoccet says: Aug 24, 2011 7:15 PM

    He used to light fools up!!I think the hard hitting safeties are becoming obsolete. It doesn’t seem their is many hard hitters as 10 years ago. What do u think?

  14. realitypolice says: Aug 24, 2011 7:22 PM

    Oklahoma University.


    Oklahoma University?

    He should have never left the Cowboys Dallas.

  15. joelvis72 says: Aug 24, 2011 7:22 PM

    Other than the pay cut, I’d probably rather be a sideline reporter at my alma mater; they’ll probably kiss his butt for the rest of his life at Oklahoma.

  16. damnskins703 says: Aug 24, 2011 7:26 PM

    He was a good player until they took away the horse collar rule

  17. contract says: Aug 24, 2011 7:29 PM

    Dirty, cheap, over-hyped, and not much else.

  18. redskinsrt says: Aug 24, 2011 7:32 PM

    Yet another Cowboy that gained accolades that he didn’t really earn.

  19. jacunn2000 says: Aug 24, 2011 7:38 PM

    Good for Roy. He was a class act.

  20. asarabi says: Aug 24, 2011 7:43 PM

    I wouldn’t want a contract with the Niners either.

  21. starfan79 says: Aug 24, 2011 7:47 PM

    He said on live radio that sometimes he would get scared if the quarterback would throw to a tight end he was covering. He was no longer a Dallas Cowboy a short time after that. His game was crushing people and for one reason or another, he stopped an tried to cover.. Not his game

  22. izlye says: Aug 24, 2011 8:01 PM

    That darn horse-collar rule killed his career

  23. thebigcaptain2011 says: Aug 24, 2011 8:06 PM

    Probably Oakland. Knowing Al the Corpse he was probably going to be overpaid…. But he chooses to do a woman’s job…. This dude really fell off

  24. cheezysmegma says: Aug 24, 2011 8:09 PM

    …if he only knew where the ball was. Looks Tarzan, plays like Jane. Should have been an OLB, but Jerry fell in love with his bod. Jerry even had Roy pose for pictures advertising his MRI center in Valley Ranch! Hilarious, especially as Jerry thought his silicon-tittied reps, bribing my office staff and the sports connection would make me send him business!

  25. autumnwind999 says: Aug 24, 2011 8:11 PM

    I think the knocks on his coverage after his first few years in the league are valid to a point, but way overblown.

    I’ll remember Roy Williams most as a bone-crushing safety with great ball skills and tremendous instincts. He had that Polamalu-esque knack for making the big play throughout college and his Pro Bowl years in the NFL.

  26. conjecture101 says: Aug 24, 2011 8:34 PM

    i don’t understand why ex players insist on joining an entity that contributed more to their downfalls than to their successes.

  27. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 8:36 PM

    …if he only knew where the ball was. Looks Tarzan, plays like Jane.


    Just admit that you never saw him play. As a strong safety the guy nabbed 20 INTs and returned 3 of them for TDs. Must have been doing something right.

  28. melonnhead says: Aug 24, 2011 8:49 PM

    Remember when he broke TO’s leg in Philly, and when he picked off a McNabb wounded duck for a pick 6 and a late win in Philly? What about the time he busted Brandon Jacobs in the mouth, made him fumble at the goal line, recovered the fumble and kept the Giants from getting the winning score late? Good times.

  29. weswelkerspornstash says: Aug 24, 2011 8:53 PM

    It worked out well for Tiki

  30. romoscollarbone says: Aug 24, 2011 9:19 PM

    Roy used to lay the wood, then the whole horse-collar thing….

    My lasting memory will be him, supermaning over the line and killing Chris Simms in the Red River shoot out, right at the goal line.

  31. cheezysmegma says: Aug 24, 2011 9:41 PM

    Hey melonnhead, I remember seeing him end several players’ careers with his cheap shot horse collar tackles, including fracturing Kris Wilson’s ankle and effectively ruining his career. I was in the stands for alot of his cheap shots. Where were you? Roy can’t cover his own check at the bar! That is why no other team has rushed in to sign him. Stop drinking the blue Kool-Aid.

  32. bmcgrath2 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:43 PM

    His bashfulness to not disclose the West Coast team means one thing…Sacramento Mountain Lions

  33. philyeagles5 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:48 PM

    Roy Williams – King of the Horse Collar

  34. vikesfansteve says: Aug 24, 2011 9:57 PM

    horse collar dirty player

  35. gorilladunk says: Aug 24, 2011 10:09 PM

    Roy’s carrer downfall can be traced to one thing: the retirement of Darren Woodson. He was NEVER the same after Woody retired.

  36. bigtrav425 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:14 PM

    Im with the dude who couldnt believe its been 9 yrs he has been in the league…cant believe that at all!

  37. sadskinsfan89 says: Aug 24, 2011 10:16 PM

    THAT TEAM was probably the Raaaaaadaaasss. Can’t blame him for his decision.

  38. spartytime says: Aug 24, 2011 10:30 PM

    The Sucky Roy Williams (WR) should do this too

  39. skinzfan21 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:10 PM

    I’m still wondering how he made as many pro bowls as he did………not to mention the 2 or 3 he shouldn’t have made over sean taylor

  40. acehi369ja says: Aug 24, 2011 11:12 PM

    his first few years in the league, he was an absolute beast. WR’s coming across the middle had alligator arms. he made a hilite hit every game. and then one day, he just lost it. no idea why. he was by far my favorite cowboy, but his last few years in dallas, the big hits stopped. the only time you saw him on sportscenter was getting burned for a long untimely(santana moss) touchdown.

  41. chobes68 says: Aug 24, 2011 11:24 PM

    Good for him. nice to live life on your terms, instead of having to play because he pissed all his money away.

  42. themightywhitey says: Aug 25, 2011 12:00 AM

    I remember ESPN did that thing on Mondays called “Jacked Up !!”5 big hits from Sundays games …one week all 5 were of Roy Williams busting up Patrick Ramsey of the Redskins ….A thing of beauty !!!

  43. banjojones says: Aug 25, 2011 12:45 AM

    You last 9 years in the NFL you got something going for ya, losers.

  44. tdk24 says: Aug 25, 2011 1:36 AM

    Working media for “horse” races?

  45. kappy32 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:47 AM

    Hello Giants???!!! Make this guy an offer to be your 3rd safety, move Antrel Rolle back to CB and start Grant in Rolle’s place at FS. It’s better than having Webster, the terrible Aaron Ross and some dude off the scap-heap playing nickel. The move doesn’t even have to be permanent. They can keep Rolle at FS in their base 4-3, then either slide him over to play nickel CB in nickel and dime packages.

  46. chaunce922 says: Aug 25, 2011 4:54 AM

    We all know it was san fran or seattle that called, chargers got sanders and widdel and hes to slow to play for my raiders.

  47. vikingdoode says: Aug 25, 2011 7:25 AM

    played one more year you would have been vested as a retired playa’ unless they restructured that too?

    must have saved his cents.

  48. melonnhead says: Aug 25, 2011 8:39 AM

    I’m still wondering how he made as many pro bowls as he did………not to mention the 2 or 3 he shouldn’t have made over sean taylor


    Well let’s see. In 2003, Taylor was still in college.

    In 2004, Taylor was a rookie and missed PT because he wasn’t deemed good enough to start the beginning of the season.

    In 2005, RW just straight-up outplayed him, registering 2.5 sacks (Taylor had 1), 3 INTs including 1 for a TD (Taylor had 2 INTs, no TDs), and 3 forced fumbles (Taylor had 2).

    I 2006, they both made the Pro Bowl.

    In 2007, they both made the Pro Bowl again.

    You can really argue that Taylor was better than Williams during the 4 years that they were both playing. Don’t let sentiment cloud your judgment.

    RW 12
    ST 12

    RW 1
    ST 0

    Fumble recoveries
    RW 4
    ST 1

    RW 2.5
    ST 2.0

    RW 272
    ST 244


    Sean Taylor = free safety.
    Roy Williams = strong safety.

  49. giselleisasucubus says: Aug 25, 2011 9:01 AM

    If anyone misses watching Roy and his horrible pass coverage, horse collars and bad angles, just tune into the next Patriots game and watch Brandon Meriweather. He is the same guy, and he will have the same fate.

  50. melonnhead says: Aug 25, 2011 9:05 AM

    Hey melonnhead, I remember seeing him end several players’ careers with his cheap shot horse collar tackles, including fracturing Kris Wilson’s ankle and effectively ruining his career.


    Well did he end careers or did he “effectively” end careers? I’d like to see the list of the “several players’ careers” that were ended by Roy Williams.

    The only Kris Wilson that I know of had a job in the NFL until about three weeks ago. Are you saying that a 2004 horsecollar (which was a legal tackle in 2004) ended his career 7 years later? Is that the Kris Wilson you’re talking about?

  51. dcbuff says: Aug 25, 2011 3:36 PM

    will always remeber his int. at the goal line for a TD against the redskins. Cant take away the 5 pro bowls, he earned them in my opinion. but, yes, he started stinkin it up towards the end with the cowboys. Wish Woodson stayed around longer, they would of been great together. Him and keith davis were horrid

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