Former Bucs linebacker and radio broadcaster Scot Brantley used to say NFL coaches are either born to be head coaches or assistants. In the case of former Bucs head coach Richard Williamson that was the truth as the former Alabama Crimson Tide standout’s time roaming the sidelines at the old Tampa Stadium was dismal. However Williamson had a successful tenure as an assistant in the NFL prior to, and well after, his last game wearing the headsets for the Buccaneers in 1991.
Williamson passed away on Wednesday at the age of 74 after battling a heart condition according to reports.
Williamson joined Ray Perkins staff in 1987 where he coached receivers for the Buccaneers, then after Perkins was fired late during the 1990 season, Williamson took over the head coaching role and went 1-2 in his final three games. Williamson was officially named the head coach by then owner Hugh Culverhouse following the 1990 season, but was fired following a 3-13 season in 1991.
The former teammate of Joe Namath joined the Bengals coaching staff in 1992 where he coached receivers for three seasons before joining the expansion Carolina Panthers where he served as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and wide receivers coaching at some point during his 15-year career with the Panthers. Williamson retired from coaching in 2010.
The Buccaneers released this statement following the announcement of Williamson’s passing.
“We are very saddened by the loss of Richard Williamson. Richard dedicated the majority of his life to the sport of football, spending over forty years as a coach at both the collegiate and professional levels. During his career, including his five seasons as a member of our organization, Richard distinguished himself as a very good coach and even better person. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family.”
Williamson is survived his wife, Norma, son Rich, and daughter Caroline.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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