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Doc of the Day: Roy Williams Was "The Late Hit"


With the sports world hitting the pause button, there is an obvious huge void for fans, starving for sports entertainment.

The Dallas Cowboys media team has produced over 25 documentaries over the last five years and has decided to use this idle time to feature many of them, which include Emmy-winning and nominated productions that touch on a wide range of topics and players from all 60 seasons of Dallas Cowboys Football.

Today, we continue the series with "The Late Hit," a look at former safety Roy Williams.  

This film was written and produced by Steve Sullivan and directed by Nick Eatman.

When Roy Williams entered the NFL in 2002, he was tabbed as the "next Ronnie Lott." The problem was, the league didn't exactly want that player anymore, especially the hard-hitting, bone-jarring hits that made receivers fear crossing the middle.

But Williams really knew one way to play the game – full speed with no brakes. And for a while, he was one of the NFL's best safeties, earning five straight Pro Bowls.

But the league started to change, altering the rules that went against his style of play, including outlawing the horse-collar tackle.

Before too long, Williams' game started to diminish and he wasn't considered one of the elite players anymore.

It begs the question, did Williams play in the wrong era? Could he have been a dynamic player, possibly even a Hall of Famer had he played in the 1970s, the 80s or even the 90s?

While the phrase it deemed for a negative penalty, maybe Roy Williams was actually a "Late Hit" of his own.

(Note: All of the films can be seen either on, or the Cowboys NOW app, featuring Connected TV applications – Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire.)

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