|Born:||September 3, 1946|
|Died:||May 8, 2017 (aged 70)|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school:||George Washington Carver (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||1969 / Round: 11 / Pick: 283|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Clarence Williams (September 3, 1946 – May 8, 2017) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 11th round of the 1969 NFL Draft. He played college football at Prairie View A&M University.
Williams played at a time when high school and colleges were still highly segregated in the South. He attended George Washington Carver High School (Sweeny, Texas), where he helped his team win the Carver State Championship in 1965.
In 2015, he was inducted into the Prairie View A&M University Sports Hall Of Fame.
Williams was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the eleventh round (283rd overall) of the 1969 NFL Draft as a defensive tackle. On September 9, he was waived but signed to the team's taxi squad, where he spent all of the 1969 season.
He was given playing time in the 1970 preseason, including a game against the Green Bay Packers where he was scouted. On September 1, 1970, he was traded along with Malcolm Walker to the Packers, in exchange for future hall of famer Herb Adderley.
Green Bay Packers
Williams was looked upon as the replacement for recently retired Willie Davis. In the eighth game of the 1970 season against the Baltimore Colts, Bob Brown was switched from left defensive end to tackle, in order for Williams to move into the starting lineup.
Nicknamed "Big Cat", his best season in the NFL came in 1972, when according to the Packers media he led the team with 9 sacks. Three of those sacks came in the NFC Central Division-clinching game against the Minnesota Vikings.
He played for the Packers during a low point in the franchise history (only experiencing one winning season), which cost him the opportunity to earn more accolades for his play. During his time with the team he was known as Sweeny Williams and was also voted as the team's player representative.
Williams owned a travel agency. He was married to Icy Williams and has three children, Clarence Jr., Cary and Marla. He was a defensive coach for St. Norbert College for two years. From 1988 to 1981, he was an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State University.
On May 8, 2017, he died at the age of 70.
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