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Former Sooner Roy Williams says concussions are affecting his memory

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OU defensive back Roy Williams upends Arkansas receiver Gerald Howard in the second half of the Cotton Bowl game. OU #7 is Brandon Everage. #11 is Teddy Lehman. #34 is Matt McCoy. Staff photo by Jim Beckel.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OU defensive back Roy Williams upends Arkansas receiver Gerald Howard in the second half of the Cotton Bowl game. OU #7 is Brandon Everage. #11 is Teddy Lehman. #34 is Matt McCoy. Staff photo by Jim Beckel.


Tuesday was a big day for Roy Williams.

The former Oklahoma safety was inducted into the Cotton Bowl's 11th Hall of Fame class in Arlington thanks to his exploits in the Sooners' 10-3 victory over Arkansas in 2002.

Just a few months after his "Superman" play against Texas, Williams returned to the state to dominate the Razorbacks with six tackles and three sacks en route to being named the bowl's defensive MVP.

When asked by Austin American-Statesman reporter Brian Davis where that game ranks in his stellar career, Williams was candid.

"I don’t know," Williams said. "If I didn’t have so many damn concussions, I’d be able to tell you. That’s just the honest truth."


Williams, 37, spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys and retired after two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010. He had 471 tackles and 20 interceptions in 114 games.

Joining Williams in the Hall of Fame class were Texas A&M linebacker Quentin Coryatt, Arkansas and Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, USC coach John Robinson, Penn State running back and linebacker Wally Triplett, and Texas running back Ricky Williams.

Related Photos
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OU defensive back Roy Williams upends Arkansas receiver Gerald Howard in the second half of the Cotton Bowl game. OU #7 is Brandon Everage.  #11 is Teddy Lehman. #34 is Matt McCoy.   Staff photo by Jim Beckel.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OU defensive back Roy Williams upends Arkansas receiver Gerald Howard in the second half of the Cotton Bowl game. OU #7 is Brandon Everage. #11 is Teddy Lehman. #34 is Matt McCoy. Staff photo by Jim Beckel.

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