Howie Williams

Howie Williams (born December 4, 1936 in Spartanburg, South Carolina) is a former professional American football player for the National Football League's Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers, and for the American Football League's Oakland Raiders.

Howie Williams
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Personal information
Born:December 4, 1936 (age 82)
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Career information
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL/AFL statistics
Games played:95
Games started:20
Player stats at PFR


Williams played for seven seasons and three different teams. As a rookie, he was on the Green Bay Packers when they beat the New York Giants 16–7 in the 1962 NFL Championship Game. He played only seven games for the team the following season before being sent to the San Francisco 49ers. The following year, he joined the Oakland Raiders, where he would spend the next six seasons, including three consecutive AFL title game appearances (1967, 1968, and 1969), along with an appearance in Super Bowl II. In his career, he had 14 interceptions for 240 yards in 95 games played.

See also

1949 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The consensus 1949 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, Look Magazine, The United Press International, and Collier's Magazine.

1952 United States men's Olympic basketball team

The 1952 United States men's Olympic basketball team competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland from July 14 to August 2, 1952. Coached by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the team won their third straight Gold medal.

2004 in basketball

The following are the basketball events of the year 2004 throughout the world.

AAU Men's Basketball All-Americans

The Amateur Athletic Union Men's Basketball All-Americans were players who competed in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) between 1920–21 and 1967–68 and were chosen as the best players in the league during their respective seasons. Founded in 1888, the Amateur Athletic Union is one of the largest non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. It is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.

The era between 1921 and 1968 is referred to as the "Golden Era" of AAU basketball while companies began vying for players to compete on their teams. There was a great allure to playing AAU basketball besides job security; by remaining in the AAU as opposed to the National Basketball League or American Basketball Association, players were able to retain their "amateur" status. Only amateurs were allowed to compete in the Olympic Games, and many AAU basketball alumni went on to compete for the United States during their careers.

During this time period, thirty-three AAU All-Americans played on the United States men's national basketball team in seven different Olympic Games: Joe Fortenberry, Carl Knowles, Frank Lubin, Art Mollner, Bill Wheatley (1936); Don Barksdale, Bud Browning, Shorty Carpenter, Bob Kurland, R. C. Pitts, Cab Renick (1948); Ron Bontemps, Bob Kurland, Frank McCabe, Dan Pippin, Howie Williams (1952); Dick Boushka, Chuck Darling, Burdie Haldorson, Bob Jeangerard, K. C. Jones, Ron Tomsic, Gerry Tucker, Jim Walsh (1956); Bob Boozer, Burdie Haldorson, Adrian Smith (1960); Larry Brown, Les Lane, Jerry Shipp (1964); and Mike Barrett, John Clawson, Calvin Fowler, Jim King and Mike Silliman (1968).Eleven AAU All-Americans have also been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as players. These players include Roger Brown, Ace Gruenig, Richie Guerin, Chuck Hyatt, K. C. Jones, Bob Kurland, Hank Luisetti, Jack McCracken, Andy Phillip, Jim Pollard, and George Yardley. Two other AAU All-Americans have been enshrined in other roles: Don Barksdale as a contributor and Larry Brown as a coach.

Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics

Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics was the third appearance of the sport. 23 nations entered the competition.

The top six teams at the 1948 Summer Olympics qualified automatically, as did the 1950 World Champion (Argentina), the top two at the 1951 European championships (USSR and Czechoslovakia), and the host country (Finland). Thirteen other nations competed in a preliminary round to determine the last six places in the sixteen-team Olympic tournament.

Bill Gossett

Bill Gossett was an American professional basketball player. He was one of 1951's AAU Men's Basketball All-Americans and was also the eleventh pick in the 1951 NBA Draft.

Bob Kurland

Robert Albert Kurland (December 23, 1924 – September 29, 2013) was a 7 feet (2.1 m) American basketball center, who played for the two-time NCAA champion Oklahoma A&M Aggies (now Oklahoma State Cowboys) basketball team. He led the U.S. basketball team to gold medals in two Summer Olympics, and led his AAU team to three national titles. He is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Caterpillar Diesels

The Caterpillar Diesels (also later known as the Peoria Cats or Caterpillars) was an amateur basketball team located in Peoria, Illinois and sponsored and run by the Caterpillar Inc. company. The Caterpillars were one of the most successful teams of the Amateur Athletic Union League in the 1950s and they became world-wide known in 1952 when five of their players represented the USA team in the Olympics, winning the gold medal.

Dan Pippin

Dan Luther Pippin (October 20, 1926 – April 1, 1965) was a farmboy from Waynesville, Missouri who became an All-Big 6 basketball player at the University of Missouri. He later captained the 1952 United States Olympic team that won the gold medal in Helsinki. He played all eight games.After Pippin graduated from the University of Missouri he went to work for the Caterpillar Tractor Company in Peoria, Illinois, and played for the National Industrial Basketball League team it sponsored, the Peoria Cats. Pippin later moved to New Mexico where he engaged in the insurance business before returning to his native Missouri.

Pippin had three children, Dru, a veterinarian now living in Missouri, DeeAnn, living in Hartsburg, and David, who died in 2005 in Houston.

Duane Benson

Dean Duane Benson (August 5, 1945 – January 26, 2019) was an American football linebacker and politician.

Frank McCabe (basketball)

Frank Reilly McCabe (born June 30, 1927) was an American basketball player who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, McCabe played collegiately at Marquette University. He was part of the American basketball team, which won the gold medal. He played seven matches.

George Yardley

George Harry Yardley III (November 3, 1928 – August 12, 2004) was an American basketball player. He was the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 points in one season, breaking the 1,932-point record held by George Mikan. Yardley was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.

Howie Williams (basketball)

Howard Earl "Howie" Williams (October 29, 1927 – December 25, 2004) was an American basketball player who competed in the 1952 Summer Olympics. Williams played collegiately at Purdue University where he was a 2x All-Big Ten guard (1948–49, 1949–50); he was selected as the Purdue team MVP in his junior and senior seasons and as Team Captain in 1949-50; posting a career total of 735 points (10.0 game avg). He led the Big Ten Conference in Free Throw Percentage (85.7%) for the 1948-49 season.

He was a 3rd Round pick of the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1950 NBA draft but chose instead to sign a contract with the Peoria Caterpillars of the American Athletic Union and the National Industrial Basketball League. The Caterpillars finished 4th in the NIBL but won the National AAU title (the first of three consecutive titles), knocking off the regular season champions, the Phillips Oilers in the semi-finals on Williams last second bucket. Williams and the rest of the Caterpillar team defeated the NCAA Champion Kansas Jayhawks in the AAU Title game. Following the title game, the Los Angeles Times named Williams the AAU Player of the Year; Williams then led Peoria to another AAU National title in 1953.

The 1952 win placed Williams as well as Peoria teammates; Ronald Bontemps, Marcus Freiberger, Frank McCabe and Dan Pippin on the U.S. Olympic squad. That team, led by fellow native Hoosier Clyde Lovellette won the gold medal. He played all eight games and finished #8 in scoring for the squad.

Williams spent four seasons playing for the Caterpillars and finished with 1,235 career points, eighth on their career scoring list.

He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. He died in Phoenix, Arizona in 2004; following a 35-year career with the Caterpillar Corporation.

Jack Stone

Jack Stone was an American professional basketball player. He was selected with the 11th pick in the 1951 NBA Draft.

Ken Pryor

Ken Pryor (December 12, 1924 – August 31, 2010) was an American basketball player. He is known both for his college career at the University of Oklahoma and his play in the Amateur Athletic Union during an era when it was seen as a viable alternative to professional basketball.

Pryor was a three-sport star at Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We went to the University of Oklahoma to play for future Hall of Fame coach Bruce Drake. While there, he was a first team All-Big Six Conference pick in the 1943–44 season.After taking time off to serve in the United States Navy during World War II, Pryor returned to the Sooners. In his final season of 1946–47, Pryor was a member of the Oklahoma's 1947 Final Four team. Pryor hit one of the biggest shots in Sooner basketball history as his jump shot with ten seconds remaining lifted the team over Texas and into the national championship game. Oklahoma lost to Holy Cross in the contest.Following his college career, Pryor went to play for the AAU power Phillips 66ers. He earned AAU All-American honors in 1951 and 1952. He later worked for the oil company and ran his own insurance agency.

Spartanburg High School

Spartanburg High School is part of Spartanburg County School District No. 7. The current principal is Jeff Stevens, a former assistant principal at the school. From 1922 to 1959, the high school was housed in the Frank Evans High School building.

System 3 FC

System 3 Football Club is a football club based in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

They currently play in the NLA Premier League.

United States at the 1952 Summer Olympics

The United States competed at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. 286 competitors - 245 men and 41 women - took part in 133 events in 18 sports. It won 76 medals (40 gold), including 6 podium sweeps; the highest number of medal sweeps in a single Olympiad by one country since World War II and still a record (though achieved a few more times since).

Wales men's national field hockey team

The Wales men's national field hockey team represents Wales in international field hockey competitions.

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