#2 HENRY "GIZMO" WILLIAMS, HALL OF FAMER

 

 

Born: May 31, 1963

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

College: University of East Carolina

Height: 5' 6"

Weight: 185 lbs.

Status: Import

 

 Signed as a free agent by the Edmonton Eskimos in September, 1986 following a stint with the USFL Memphis Showboats in 1985.

 Signed as a free agent by the NFL Philadelphia Eagles in March, 1989.

 Released midway through the season.

 Re-signed as a free agent by Edmonton Eskimos in April, 1990.

 Granted free agency status on February 16, 1998.

 Re-signed with Edmonton on June 6, 1998.

 Granted free agency on February 16, 2000.

 Re-signed with Edmonton on February 18, 2000.

 

 

ELECTED TO THE HALL OF FAME AS A PLAYER, JANUARY 26, 2006.

 

Williams joined the Edmonton Eskimos in 1986 following a stint with the USFL’s Memphis Showboats.  In 149 regular-season games he returned 26 punts for touchdowns, including five in one season, to set CFL records.  Williams is the CFL’s all-time leader in punt returns (1,003), punt-return yardage (11,177), kickoff returns (335) and kickoff-return yardage (7,354).  Williams played his entire CFL career with the Edmonton Eskimos which included 14 postseason appearances.  “Gizmo” appeared in five Grey Cup games, helping the Eskimos to victories in 1987 and 1993.  He was a Western All-Star seven times and a CFL All-Star five times.  Henry Williams amassed 23,927 all-purpose yards throughout his entire CFL career and was inducted into the North West Mississippi Junior College Hall of Fame, and became a member of the Eskimo Wall of Honour in 2002.

 

 

Giz was quite simply the best.  Nothing more needs to be said, so I'll let his stats say the rest.....


               CFL CAREER STATISTICS:          REGULAR SEASON: 

 Scoring:

YEAR

 

GP

TD

C

FG

S

TP

1986

 

8

2

0

0

0

12

1987

 abcdefghijkl

16

5

0

0

0

30

1988

 a

17

7

0

0

0

42

1989

 

 

 

NFL

 

 

 

1990

 m

16

4

0

0

0

24

1991

 abegnopqr

18

6

0

0

0

36

1992

 abe

18

9

0

0

0

54

1993

 abest

18

10

0

0

0

60

1994

 ab

14

3

0

0

0

18

1995

 u

15

0

0

0

0

0

1996

 x

7

1

0

0

0

6

1997

 avw

18

2

0

0

0

12

1998

 

11

2

0

0

0

12

1999

 

11

1

0

0

0

6

2000

 

13

0

0

0

0

0

 

CFL TOTALS:

200

52

0

0

0

312

 Rushing:

NO.

YDS

AVE

LG

TD

2

49

24.5

36

1

0

0

0.0

0

0

3

-1

-0.3

-9

0

 

 

NFL

 

 

2

-1

0.5

-15

0

1

1

1.0

1

0

6

57

9.5

26

0

2

-3

-1.5

9

0

3

-3

-1.0

4

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

1

-3

-3.0

0

0

5

10

2.0

5

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

25

106

4.2

36

1

 Pass Receiving:

YEAR

 

NO.

YDS

AVE

LG

TD

1986

 

3

79

26.3

56

0

1987

 

4

48

12.0

21

0

1988

 

25

515

20.6

85

5

1989

 

 

 

NFL

 

 

1990

 

15

260

17.3

48

0

1991

 

13

233

17.9

35

1

1992

 

41

948

23.1

81

6

1993

 

52

950

18.3

102

6

1994

 

30

375

12.5

36

1

1995

 

3

26

8.7

14

0

1996

 

0

0

0.0

0

0

1997

 

8

126

15.8

38

1

1998

 

5

84

16.8

65

1

1999

 

0

0

0.0

0

0

2000

 

0

0

0.0

0

0

 

CFL TOTALS:

199

3,644

18.3

102

21

 Punt Returns:

NO.

YDS

AVE

LG

TD

37

423

11.4

74

1

80

951

11.9

91

4

96

964

10.0

100

2

 

 

NFL

 

 

90

987

11.0

81

2

98

1,440

14.7

88

5

92

1,124

12.2

104

3

83

1,077

13.0

104

4

67

683

10.2

74

2

87

871

10.0

68

0

32

361

11.3

79

1

84

821

9.8

72

1

49

397

8.1

86

1

53

499

9.4

48

0

55

579

10.5

59

0

1,003

11,177

11.4

104

26

 

Kickoff Returns:

YEAR

 

NO.

YDS

AVE

LG

TD

1986

 

9

210

23.3

35

0

1987

 

26

623

24.0

43

0

1988

 

15

379

25.3

34

0

1989

 

 

 

NFL

 

 

1990

 

31

743

24.0

92

1

1991

 

32

593

18.5

51

0

1992

 

24

441

18.4

34

0

1993

 

21

381

18.1

28

0

1994

 

18

451

25.1

53

0

1995

 

30

638

21.3

45

0

1996

 

28

663

23.7

48

0

1997

 

52

1,105

21.3

42

0

1998

 

31

690

22.3

47

0

1999

 

13

314

24.2

100

1

2000

 

5

123

24.6

32

0

 

CFL TOTALS:

335

7,354

22.0

100

2

MFG Returns:

NO.

YDS

AVE

LG

TD

0

0

0.0

0

0

5

212

42.4

111

1

5

90

18.0

22

0

 

 

NFL

 

 

5

229

45.8

110

1

6

169

28.2

51

0

7

197

28.1

70

0

4

118

29.5

42

0

4

125

31.3

115

1

5

78

15.6

26

0

3

114

38.0

58

0

8

180

22.5

80

0

5

67

13.4

25

0

1

33

33.0

33

0

1

34

34.0

34

0

59

1,646

27.9

115

3

Fumbles:

NO.

LOST

OFR

0

0

0

2

0

1

4

2

1

 

NFL

 

6

6

1

5

3

1

0

0

0

5

2

1

3

3

0

6

2

1

1

1

0

2

1

0

3

2

0

1

1

0

1

1

0

39

24

6

Defensive Tackles:

  3 in 1988;

  2 in 1990;

  1 in 1991;

  1 in 1992;

  1 in 1993;

  1 defensive in 1996;

  1 defensive in 1997

CFL Total Defensive Tackles: 10

 

 

 

a - Western All-Star.

b - CFL All-Star.

c - Set CFL record Most Punt Return Yardage One Game (221).

d - Set CFL record Most Punt Return TDs One Season (four).

e - Led CFL in Punt Return Yards.

f - Tied CFL record Most Punt Return Touchdowns all-time (five).

g - Tied CFL record Most Punt Return Touchdowns One Game (two).

h - Set CFL record Most Punt Return Touchdowns in One Quarter (two).

i - Set CFL record for Longest Unsuccessful Field Goal Return, Regular Season.

j - Set Grey Cup record for Longest Unsuccessful Field Goal Return.

k - Scored first Unsuccessful Field Goal Return TD in Regular Season.

l - Scored first Grey Cup Unsuccessful Field Goal Return TD.

m - All-Time Leader in Punt Return Touchdowns.

n - Set CFL record Most Punt Return Yards One Season.

o - Set CFL record Most Punt Return Yardage One Game (232).

p - Tied CFL record Most 100-yard Punt Return Games (five).

q - Set CFL record Most Punt Return TDs One Season (five).

r - Tied own CFL record Most Punt Return TDs in One Quarter (two).

s - Led CFL in Combined Yards.

t - Set Record for Most Punt Return Yardage, All-Time Regular Season.

u - Set Record for Most Punt Returns, All-Time Regular Season.

v - Set Record for Most Kickoff Returns, All-Time Regular Season.

w - Set Record for Most Kickoff Return Yardage, All-Time regular Season.

x - Set Record for Most Punt Return Yardage, All-Time Playoffs.


                   PLAYOFFS: 

 Pass Receiving:

YEAR

 

GP

NO.

YDS

AVE

LG

TD

1986

 

1

1

3

3.0

3

0

1987

 

2

0

0

0.0

0

0

1988

 

1

3

32

10.7

15

0

1990

 

2

0

0

0.0

0

0

1991

 

1

1

8

8.0

8

0

1992

 

2

1

10

10.0

10

1

1993

 

2

2

76

38.0

39

1

1994

 

1

3

20

6.7

9

0

1995

 

2

0

0

0.0

0

0

1996

 

2

0

0

0.0

0

0

1997

 

1

0

0

0.0

0

0

1998

 

2

0

0

0.0

0

0

1999

 

1

0

0

0.0

0

0

2000

 

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

 

 CFL TOTALS:

20

11

149

13.5

39

2

 Punt Returns:

NO.

YDS

AVE

LG

TD

3

3

1.0

2

0

12

49

4.1

23

0

2

55

27.5

43

0

7

95

13.6

39

0

2

10

5.0

5

0

8

150

18.6

103

1

5

58

11.6

31

0

6

31

5.2

18

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

10

169

16.9

69

0

4

35

8.8

24

0

13

97

7.5

21

0

5

25

5.0

9

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

77

777

10.1

103

1

 Fumbles:

YEAR

 

NO.

LOST

OFR

1986

 

2

1

1

1987

 

0

0

0

1988

 

0

0

0

1990

 

0

0

0

1991

 

0

0

0

1992

 

1

1

0

1993

 

0

0

0

1994

 

0

0

0

1995

 

0

0

0

1996

 

1

1

0

1997

 

0

0

0

1998

 

0

0

0

1999

 

0

0

0

2000

 

0

0

0

 

 CFL TOTALS:

4

3

1

 Kickoff Returns:

NO.

YDS

AVE

LG

TD

2

19

9.5

19

0

4

83

20.7

24

0

1

39

39.0

39

0

0

37

0.0

23

0

1

17

17.0

17

0

5

103

20.6

33

0

2

52

26.0

27

0

2

52

26.0

27

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

4

132

33.0

42

0

6

119

19.8

27

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

27

653

24.2

39

0

Scoring:  1 TD for 6 points in 1993; 1 TD for 6 points in 1997.

 

Total Playoff Scoring:  2 TD for 12 points.

 

 

 

Missed Field Goal Returns:

  3 for 88 yards, 29.3 average, longest 59 yards in 1987;

  1 for 57 yards in 1990;

  1 for 12 yards in 1994;

  2 for 76 yards, 38.0 average, longest 51 in 1996;

  1 for 24 yards in 1997, 1 for 59 yards in 1999.

 

Total Playoff MFG Returns:  9 for 316 yards, ave. 35.1, 

 longest 59.

Rushing:

  1 for -15 yards in 1988; 1 for 1 yard and 1 TD in 1997.

CFL Total Playoff Rushing: 2 for -16 yards and 1 TD.

 

 

 

 

 


                   GREY CUP: 

 Scoring:

YEAR

 

GP

TD

C

FG

S

TP

1987

 

1

1

0

0

0

6

1990

 

1

0

0

0

0

0

1993

 

1

0

0

0

0

0

1996

 

1

1

0

0

0

0

 

 CFL TOTALS:

4

2

0

0

0

12

Punt Returns:

NO.

YDS

AVE

LG

TD

3

14

4.7

6

0

6

24

4.0

9

0

5

4

0.8

9

0

3

38

12.7

19

0

17

80

4.7

19

0

 Kickoff Returns:

YEAR

 

NO.

YDS

AVE

LG

TD

1987

 

1

23

23.0

23

0

1990

 

3

78

26.0

26

0

1993

 

0

0

0.0

0

0

1996

 

3

117

39.0

91

1

 

 CFL TOTALS:

7

218

31.1

91

1

 Missed Field Goal Returns:

NO.

YDS

AVE

LG

TD

2

143

71.5

115

1

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

2

143

71.5

115

1

Fumbles:  1 and 1 lost in 1990.

 

Total Grey Cup Fumbles:  1 and 1 lost.

 

ONE LAST FLIP FOR THE FANS!!!

Saturday, September 22, 2002:
Gizmo Williams is inducted on the Eskimos' Wall of Honour