WILLIAMSON, FRED "THE HAMMER"

FRED "THE HAMMER" WILLIAMSON

Inducted:  June 23, 1996 in Merrillville, IN

Date of Birth:  March 5, 1938 in Gary, IN

High School Attended:  Gary Froebel            Graduated:  1956

High School Honors:  All-around athlete excelling in football; All-State shot put, placing second 3 times; Regional shot put champ 4 times; holds school record for shot put. 

College Attended:  Northwestern University    Graduated:  1960

College Honors:  2nd Team Football All-American as a flankerback; Big Ten shot put champion.

Professional Athletic Background:  Drafted by San Francisco 49ers 1960; playing career included stints with Pittsburgh Steelers for remainder of 1960, Oakland Raiders 1961-1965, Kansas City Chiefs 1965-1968, and Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League 1969-1970.

Professional Athletic Honors:  Named All-Pro 4 times; played in 6 Pro Bowl games and the first Super Bowl game; captain of Kansas City Chief's Super Bowl team; was the first football player to wear white shoes, which are now in the NFL Hall of Fame; retired from football in 1970.

Special Recognition:  After retiring from football, served as a color commentator for ABC Monday Night Football; became a talented actor, producer, and director; inducted into Gary, Indiana Hall of Fame.

Family:  Wife, Linda; children, Fred Jr., Frank, Jeff, Jason, Michael, and Tara.