MINNEAPOLIS — John Williams, a former Minnesota Gophers and NFL lineman who became a renouned dentist and village personality in north Minneapolis after his football career, died Sunday while out for a walk, according to friends.
Williams, 64, played descent tackle for a Gophers in a mid-1960s, winning All-Big Ten honors in 1967 and assisting lead a Gophers to a share of a joining pretension that year.
He was drafted in a initial turn and assimilated a Baltimore Colts in 1968, personification on dual teams that went to a Super Bowl in 3 years, winning a 1971 championship game.
He afterwards assimilated a Los Angeles Rams in 1972 and played for them for 7 seasons, timid in 1979 during a age of 32 after 12 NFL seasons.
Williams afterwards returned to Minnesota, where he began his dental use and became a reputable county leader.
“He was someone who clearly everybody respected,” Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak pronounced Sunday afternoon. “John was a crucially critical member of many county projects in north Minneapolis, including revitalizing West Broadway and involving youth.”
Williams for years had his dentist’s bureau on West Broadway, practicing in north Minneapolis for roughly 25 years. Born in Jackson, Miss., he perceived his bachelor’s in preparation from a University of Minnesota in 1969 and his DDS grade in 1978 from a University of Maryland.
Williams also was a private commander and served on a Metropolitan Airports Commission, a ruling house during Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. He was allocated in 2002 by Gov. Jesse Ventura, and reappointed twice by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
“He was a critical member of a elect for some-more than a decade,” pronounced Jeff Hamiel, MAC’s executive director. “He was always focused on integrity and asked questions about a farrago programs, either we were including all members of a community, including people with disabilities or special needs.”
Williams won a Minneapolis proffer of a year endowment in 1992 and for roughly dual decades was active in heading a prison ministry team.
Other county duties enclosed portion as boss of a West Broadway Business Association and as a past house member of a Minneapolis Urban League.
“He had a clarity of obligation,” pronounced City Council Member Don Samuels. “He only wanted to offer a village and give behind to a village that gave to him. His impact is going to be satisfied gradually as we skip him.”
Sherman Patterson, a Williams protege, pronounced his coach was recuperating from a kidney transplant about a month ago during a Mayo Clinic.
He pronounced he saw Williams Saturday night and that he “looked good.” Patterson pronounced Sunday that Williams was on his morning travel and about 6 blocks from his north Minneapolis home when he died.
“John was an anchor on West Broadway and a North Side,” pronounced Patterson, an help to Rybak. “John believed in creation a village better. He stayed during home for a adore of a North Side.”
Funeral arrangements had not been announced Sunday.