John Williams
No. 75
Born:(1945-10-27)October 27, 1945
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Died:July 8, 2012(2012-07-08) (aged 66)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Career information
Position(s)Tackle, Guard
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight256 lb (116 kg)
High schoolEdward D. Libbey High School
NFL draft1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Drafted byBaltimore Colts
Career history
As player
19681971Baltimore Colts
19721979Los Angeles Rams
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Games played166
Games started122

John McKay Williams (October 27, 1945[1] – July 8, 2012) was a National Football League (NFL) offensive lineman from 1968 through 1979. During that span he appeared in three Super Bowls: Super Bowl III and Super Bowl V for the Baltimore Colts; and Super Bowl XIV for the Los Angeles Rams. He played college football at the University of Minnesota where he was a First-team All-Big Ten tackle in 1967 and led the Gophers to the Big Ten title. He was one of the fifteen plaintiffs in Mackey v. National Football League in which Judge Earl R. Larson declared that the Rozelle rule was a violation of antitrust laws on December 30, 1975.[2][3] Williams died on July 8, 2012, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the age of 66, while out for a walk.[4] He had recently been the recipient of a kidney transplant.


  1. ^ "John McKay Williams". Oldest Living Football Players. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  2. ^ Wallace, William N. "Rozelle Rule Found In Antitrust Violation," The New York Times, Wednesday, December 31, 1975. Retrieved December 12, 2023.
  3. ^ Mackey v. National Football League, 407 F. Supp. 1000 (D. Minn. 1975) – Retrieved December 12, 2023.
  4. ^ "Former Gophers great, NFL lineman John Williams dies". 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2012-07-09.