Reggie Williams ’76, an All-America and three-time All-Ivy League linebacker who went on to play in two Super Bowl games during a 14-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals, will be among eight honorees at the fourth Ivy Football Association dinner on January 25 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
The Ivy Football Association recognizes the unique aspects of Ivy League football and honors the history and tradition of the League. The organization recognizes a distinguished alumnus from each Ivy institution who played football as an undergraduate and has achieved prominence in his chosen field.
As a sophomore in 1973, Williams, a psychology major from Flint, Mich., helped Dartmouth win the Ivy League title for an unmatched fifth year in a row. He went on to become one of the most dominant defensive players in Ivy football history.
He ranks first at Dartmouth in unassisted tackles (243) and second in total tackles (370) over three seasons and also won the Ivy League heavyweight wrestling title in 1975.
He was an NFL standout with the Bengals from 1976-89. In 1993 he became an executive with Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. He championed Disney’s involvement in sports, particularly amateur sports. As vice president of Disney Sports Attractions, Williams has guided the creation of the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex, a 200-acre cutting edge multi-sport facility that opened in 1997 and integrates a variety of sports venues into Disney’s recreation and entertainment offerings.
Dartmouth’s previous honorees at the biannual Ivy Football dinners that began in 2001 are Bill King ’63, an attorney in Richmond, Va., and former chair of Dartmouth’s board of trustees; Henry (Hank) Paulson ’68, former chairman and chief executive officer of the Goldman Sachs Group and now the Secretary of the Treasury, and Jeff Immelt ’78, chief executive officer of General Electric.
Former football players Ed Simpson ’85, Richard Weissman ’85 and Curt Oberg ’78 are Dartmouth alumni in the Ivy Football Association leadership group.
Joining Williams from the other Ivy schools are the Honorable Donald L. Carcieri, governor of the State of Rhode Island (Brown ’65); Brian Dennehy, Tony award-winning actor (Columbia ’60); Major General (Ret.) Louis J. Conti (Cornell ’41); Thomas F. Stephenson, partner, Sequoia Capital (Harvard ’64); Patrick T. Harker, Ph.D., dean of The Wharton School (Penn ’81); Redmond C.S. Finney, retired head master and football coach, The Gilman School (Princeton ’51); and Jerome P. Kenney, vice chairman, Merrill Lynch & Co. (Yale ’63).
For more information about the dinner, please call Lorraine Brennan at (212) 984-1804. (Jack DeGange)