Lester Williams
No. 72, 96
Born:(1959-01-19)January 19, 1959
Miami, Florida
Died:August 16, 2017(2017-08-16) (aged 58)
Birmingham, Alabama
Career information
Position(s)Defensive tackle
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight275 lb (125 kg)
CollegeMiami (FL)
High schoolMiami Carol City
(Miami Gardens, Florida)
NFL draft1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Drafted byNew England Patriots
Career history
As player
1982–1985New England Patriots
1986San Diego Chargers
1987Seattle Seahawks

Lester Williams (January 19, 1959 – August 16, 2017) was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League, mainly for the New England Patriots, including the team's first Super Bowl appearance.[1] He finished his career with the San Diego Chargers in 1986 and the Seattle Seahawks in 1987.[2][1]

Williams was born in Miami, Florida. He attended Carol City High School.[3] He was an All-American at the University of Miami in 1981. He was drafted in the first round[3] (27th overall pick) of the 1982 NFL Draft.[2] Williams was added to the school's Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.[3]

He died at his home in Birmingham, Alabama[3] on August 16, 2017 at age 58.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c "Lester Williams, part of Pats' Super Bowl XX team, dies at 58". ESPN. Associated Press. August 17, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Lancaster, Marc (August 17, 2017). "Lester Williams, nose tackle on Patriots' Super Bowl XX team, dies at 58". The Sporting News. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Richards, George (August 18, 2017). "Lester Williams, football pioneer of the Miami Hurricanes, dies at 58". Miami Herald. Retrieved August 24, 2017.