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Friday, May 20, 2005

Former Canadian Football League Great Elected To College Football Hall Of Fame

From the national ballot of 75 candidates and a pool of hundreds of eligible nominees, Jon F. Hanson, Chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced today the 2005 College Football Hall of Fame Division I-A Class, which includes former Illinois All-American wide receiver David Williams. Williams becomes the 16th Illinois player or coach selected for the Hall and the first since defensive back Al Brosky was inducted in 1998. The 2005 College Football Hall of Fame Division I-A Class will be inducted at the 48th Annual Awards Dinner on December 6, 2005, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be officially enshrined at the Hall in South Bend, Ind., during ceremonies in August of 2006.
One of the greatest wide receivers of all-time, Illinois' Williams (1983-85) finished his collegiate career as the second-leading receiver in NCAA history with 245 receptions and 3,195 receiving yards in only 33 games.
Collecting numerous records and awards, Williams was the only two-time unanimous First Team All-America on the 2005 College Football Hall of Fame ballot. In 1984, he led the nation with a Big Ten-record 101 receptions, becoming only the second player in NCAA history to surpass the 100-reception mark in a single-season. In 1986, Williams was named Illinois Athlete of the Year and participated in the Japan Bowl.
The holder of every Illinois receiving record, Williams twice earned First Team All-Conference recognition and team MVP honors. In 1983, he led the Fighting Illini to their first Big Ten title in 20 years. Following two seasons in the NFL, Williams flourished in the Canadian Football League where he earned All-Star status five times and was named league MVP in 1988. He currently works in sales and lives in Cardena, Calif.
2005 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASSPLAYERS• Cornelius Bennett - LB, Alabama, 1983-86• Tom Curtis - DB, Michigan, 1967-69• Anthony Davis - RB, Southern California, 1972-74• Keith Dorney - OT, Penn State, 1975-78• Jim Houston - E, Ohio State, 1957-59• John Huarte - QB, Notre Dame, 1962-64• Roosevelt Leaks - FB, Texas, 1972-74• Mark May - OT, Pittsburgh, 1977-80• Joe Washington - RB, Oklahoma, 1972-75• Paul Wiggin - DT, Stanford, 1954-56• David Williams - WR, Illinois, 1983-85


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