Wayne Williams
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Personal information
Born:(1921-10-24)October 24, 1921
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died:August 18, 2001(2001-08-18) (aged 79)
Edina, Minnesota
Career history
CollegeUniversity of Minnesota
Career highlights and awards
NCAA rushing leader, 1944

Wayne Henry "Red" Williams Jr. (October 24, 1921 – August 18, 2001) was an American football player. He played college football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team from 1942 to 1945. He led the NCAA major colleges in rushing yardage with 911 rushing yards in 1944.[1] His 1944 average of 7.73 yards per carry and his career average 6.25 yards per carry during his career at Minnesota both remain Minnesota school records.[2] With 1,999 rushing yards, he ranked second behind Pug Lund on Minnesota's career rushing record book at the time of his graduation.[3] He died of congestive heart failure in 2001.[4]

See also


  1. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, p. 1197.
  2. ^ 2008 Minnesota Football Media Guide, pages 138-139.
  3. ^ 2008 Minnesota Football Media Guide, page 139.
  4. ^ Weiner, Jay (August 21, 2001). "Wayne Williams, Gophers football star and radio exec, dies at 79". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. p. 19. Retrieved May 22, 2020. icon of an open green padlock