Remembering former Notre Dame All-America QB Bob Williams

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Even in his declining years, two-time Notre Dame All-America quarterback Bob Williams never lost touch with his alma mater and its football team.

In early January 2013, the QB of ND’s 1949 national championship team spent his 83rd birthday tracking down the team’s starter on the 2012 ND team, Everett Golson, to wish him good luck and tell him he hoped he’d break a record Williams had held for decades.

On Wednesday, Notre Dame announced Williams had died last week at age 86 at his Mercy Ridge retirement home in Timonium, Md.

Golson fell a game short of tying Williams’ record of most consecutive victories (11) as an ND starting QB to begin a career as ND fell to Alabama, 42-14, in the BCS National Championship Game five days after the two connected.

Williams was a two-time All-American for Notre Dame and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1988. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1949 and sixth in 1950.

A first-round selection of the Chicago Bears in the ’51 NFL Draft, Williams played for the Bears in 1951 and 1952 before serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After completing his Naval service, he returned to Chicago in 1955 and played one more season for the Bears.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. (EDT) on June 10 at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home (6500 York Road) in Baltimore, Md.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on June 11 at The Church of the Immaculate Conception (200 Ware Avenue) in Towson, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions are made to Disabled American Veterans (

In this Nov. 5, 1949, file photo, Notre Dame football coach Frank Leahy, left, congratulates his key players Emil Sitko (14), Bob Williams (9) and Leon Hart, (82) after their 34-21 victory over Michigan State in Lansing, Mich. Williams, the starting quarterback when Notre Dame finished 10-0 and won the national championship in 1949, died at a retirement home in Timonium, Md., on May 27, 2016, the university announced Wednesday. He was 86. (AP File Photo)