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Former Super Bowl MVP Williams Is Fired as Grambling State Coach

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Former Grambling State University Coach Doug Williams
Former Grambling State University coach Doug Williams was voted the 1988 Super Bowl Most Valuable Player for the Washington Redskins after becoming the first black quarterback to play in the NFL’s championship game. Photographer: Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images

Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Doug Williams was fired as Grambling State University’s football coach after 12 losses in the last 13 games.

Williams, 58, returned to the school where he played college football in 2011 after less than a year as general manager of the United Football League’s franchise in Virginia. Williams previously coached Grambling State from 1998 through 2003 following Eddie Robinson’s retirement.

The Tigers started 0-2 this season after going 1-10 last year.

“We recognize Doug Williams’s many contributions to our football legacy,” Frank Pogue, president of the Grambling, Louisiana-based school, said in a statement. “We wish him well in the future.”

Williams was voted the 1988 Super Bowl MVP for the Washington Redskins after becoming the first black quarterback to play in the NFL’s championship game. He worked in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ front office from 2004 through 2010.

Grambling State running backs coach George Ragsdale, who played in the NFL with the Buccaneers from 1977-79, primarily as a kick returner, was named interim coach.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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