This day in history

1980, November 27

Dave Williams, playing for the Chicago Bears, became the first player in NFL history to return a kick for touchdown in overtime. In 1979, Mr. Williams was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Bears. He started twelve games as fullback after Roland Harper was lost for the year with a knee injury. The next year, he returned to a backup and special teams role.

The biggest highlight of Dave Williams’ career came on Thanksgiving Day, 1980 against the Detroit Lions, when he returned the opening overtime kickoff 95 yards for a game-winning touchdown. This completed a comeback from a 17-3 deficit. At the time, it was the shortest overtime in NFL history.