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Title: Remembering Travis Williams, aka the ‘Roadrunner’
Post by: Bob Fox on May 17, 2018, 04:19:25 PM
Remembering Travis Williams, aka the ‘Roadrunner’

By Bob Fox


I was reading a story today by Rick Gosselin of the Talk of Fame Sports Network in which he names his all-time NFL special teams unit.

Now nobody studies NFL special teams units like Gosselin does. Since 1980, Gosselin has studied and ranked all the special teams units in the NFL. That has gone on now for 38 years and his rankings are must-read material.

Back in 1980, Gosselin was covering the Kansas City Chiefs. The special teams coach of the Chiefs then was Frank Gansz. It was by talking with Gansz that Gosselin learned the formula about how to rank special teams units.

Before I read the story on his all-time team, I was wondering if Travis Williams of the Green Bay Packers and later the Los Angeles Rams was on Gosselin’s 53-man unit. It turns out that he wasn’t, as the returners which Gosselin has on his team are certainly worthy of getting that honor.

The three kickoff returners Gosselin has on his team are Gale Sayers, Josh Cribbs and Mel Gray. The three punt returners are Devin Hester, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson and Rick Upchurch.

Everyone of those players were consistently very good at returning kicks throughout their NFL careers, as opposed to Williams, who made a name for himself in 1967, which also happened to be his rookie year in the NFL.

In that season, Williams returned 18 kickoffs for 739 yards, which averages out to 41.1 yards-per-return, which is still a NFL record. No. 23 returned four of those 18 kicks for touchdowns and almost had a fifth against the Chicago Bears.

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Title: Re: Remembering Travis Williams, aka the ‘Roadrunner’
Post by: ricky on May 18, 2018, 05:08:07 AM
Travis Williams was a great one year wonder. A terrific "flash in the pan". Similar to Desmond Howard in 1997. Great year, never to be repeated. Was he a great, or even good RB? No. He had no instincts or feel for where a hole was going to open up. Though I still remember the game in Cleveland where he returned two kickoffs for TD's, I believe on consecutive kickoffs from the Browns. An amazing display.
Title: Re: Remembering Travis Williams, aka the ‘Roadrunner’
Post by: marklawrence on May 19, 2018, 07:00:59 AM
Travis Williams' son opened a sport shop in the Walmart near me. He was a personable guy, but a little confused on some basic business principles: he figured as the boss he didn't have to work and the money would just roll in. He only lasted a few months. He did have some great stories.
Title: Re: Remembering Travis Williams, aka the ‘Roadrunner’
Post by: Bob Fox on June 10, 2018, 08:33:34 AM
Ricky, Travis did have another nice year in 1969 for the Packers, as he returned a kickoff for a TD, plus did the same on a punt return. No. 23 also rushed for over 500 yards and had 27 receptions for 275 more yards. All told, Travis had nine touchdowns that season.