OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Robert Jerry “Ben” Williams Jr., one of the first African-American student-athletes to sign a football scholarship at Ole Miss, died Monday at the age of 65.
He died of natural causes at a Jackson hospital, the university announced Monday afternoon.
The Yazoo City native had a tremendous playing career for the Rebels. He was inducted into the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.
The Buffalo Bills selected him in the third round of the 1976 NFL Draft with the 78th overall pick, becoming the first African-American athlete from Ole Miss to be chosen in the NFL Draft.