As we continue our countdown with 38 days remaining until kickoff 2017, we look back at the Oklahoma Sooners’ best defensive player of the Bob Stoops era — No. 38 Roy Williams. The All-American safety’s legendary heroics earned him the nickname “Superman” and forever etched his place among the pantheon of college football’s all-time greats.
California native Roy Williams arrived at OU in 1999 and instantly became an impact player for rookie head coach Bob Stoops. He, along with linebackers Rocky Calmus and Torrance Marshall, soon formed a feared defensive unit that eventually became one of the nation’s best, culminating in the 2000 BCS National Championship in Stoops’ second season.
Williams, an unanimous All-American as a junior the following season, took home the 2001 Nagurski and Thorpe Awards, recognizing him as the nation’s top defensive player and top defensive back, respectively. He was also named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting. Williams went on to be drafted eighth overall in 2002 by the Dallas Cowboys and concluded his NFL career in 2010 with five consecutive Pro Bowl selections from 2003-2007.
He also, of course, did this while at Oklahoma. Enjoy another look back at the eye-popping play that never gets old by one of college football’s most iconic players of our time.