Track & Field / Cross Country

Dave Williams

A graduate of Lincoln High School in 1963 and the Univ. of Washington in 1967, Williams was a three-sport letterman in football, basketball, and track and was the state high hurdles champion in 1963.

Freshmen were not allowed to compete in any varsity events or receive travel money, and Williams had never competed in the Decathlon until one month before the 1964 Olympic Trails when he found a qualifying meet at Moses Lake High School. Stan Hiserman, head track coach at the UW, drove him over to the meet in Moses Lake, and he qualified to compete at the Trials in Mt. Sac, California. Of the thirty competitors, he finished 12th. He competed against top decathloners CK Yang, Bill Toomey, and Russ Hodge.

Following a successful college career where he was a football All-American, Williams was drafted in the first round of the 1967 NFL draft as the 17th overall pick and was the second receiver taken behind Gene Washington of Michigan State. He played seven years in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, and Pittsburgh Steelers and two years with the WFL’s Southern California Sun.

Lloyd Nordstrom and the Seahawks were gracious enough to make Williams their first player signed in November of 1975 (Jim Zorn and Ahmad Rashad were signed shortly thereafter), and Williams selected jersey #80. He had worn #80 with the Cards for five years and #90 with the Huskies for all three varsity years. He worked in the off-season for the Seahawks in several different areas by making over 90 presentations in the NW to promote ticket sales. However, he severely injured his left knee in an off-season promotional event for the Seahawks, and it never healed properly.

He was forced to retire in August of 1976 at the same time Steve Largent was picked up and signed. As Williams was leaving the locker room he met Steve and told him he could have his jersey #80, shoes, pads and pretty much anything he found of use because Williams’ career was finished.

Williams now tells his kids and grandkids that his jersey is in the NFL Hall of Fame, but it just has a different name on it.

His Cardinals jersey and helmet are on display.

Doris Brown Heritage

Heritage placed 5th in the 800 meters in the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico City and was a world mile and 880 world record holder in addition to winning the World Cross-Country Championships an unprecedented five times from 1967-71.