Richard Williamson was a tough nose, old school coach. Williamson passed away on Monday night at the age of 74. He was battling a short-term illness. Williamson had been the WR’s Coach for Tampa from 1987-1990 until he became the Head Coach in 1990, replacing Ray Perkins. He remained Head Coach until 1991. Coach Richard Williamson had a volley of coaching positions for the Carolina Panthers from 1992-2009, including Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and WR’s Coach.”Rich was instrumental in developing some of the best WR talent in the NFL,” Said former Panthers wide receiver, Mushin Muhammad, “He was a stickler on details and always had us prepared for our opponents. He will be dearly missed by all that worked and came into contact with him. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor, coach and friend.” Richard Williamson will be missed.
“Royals, who played 80 games as Tampa Bay’s punter, beginning in 1990 said, “One thing that stood out to me about coach Williamson was the way he treated people. No matter who they were, he treated everyone with respect and honesty.”
“Williamson caught Joe Namath’s first touchdown pass at Alabama and went on to a career in coaching, including 27 years in the NFL, primarily in an assistant role.” – Reported by Ira Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune
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