UCM Alumnus Helps Guide New Orleans to Super Bowl Victory
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WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 8, 2010) – The defensive mastermind behind the New Orleans Saints’ upset over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV was a UCM graduate.
Gregg Williams, who earned a master’s degree in education from UCM in the mid-1980s, joined the Saints in 2009 as defensive coordinator. On the road to a Super Bowl victory, Williams’ defense held Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to one of his lowest scoring games of the season as the Saints went on to upset Indianapolis 31-17.
Williams is a 19-year NFL veteran, and former resident of Excelsior Springs, MO. Prior to being hired by Saints Head Coach Sean Payton, he spent the 2008 season as defensive coordinator/assistant head coach, defense for the Jacksonville Jaguars. His career also includes serving as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, 2004-2007; head coach for the Buffalo Bills, 2001-2003; defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Oilers/Titans, 1997-2000; and positions with the Houston Oilers that included linebackers coach, special teams coach, and defensive quality control coach, 1990-1996.
In addition to attending UCM, his higher education also includes a bachelor’s degree in 1979 from Northeast Missouri State University, where he was a college quarterback.
Williams, who returns to Excelsior Springs every year to host a fund-raising golf tournament to benefit the local schools, took time out in 2007 to visit with UCM Today, the campus alumni publication, about his NFL career and discuss his UCM memories.
“I went to summer school and took evening classes. I remember how giving and caring all the advisers and academic people were. They were very special people,” he said.