Ralph Williams entered the pros as a free agent signing of the Houston Oilers in 1981. He did not play that year due to a back injury but made the roster and played 7 games with the club in 1982. He suited up for 1 game with the Oilers in 1983. In 1984, Williams signed with the expansion San Antonio Gunslingers and spent two seasons with them in the USFL, playing in all 36 games during the team's two-year existence. After the conclusion of the 1985 USFL season, Williams signed with the New Orleans Saints and played in 22 games for the Saints with 20 starts over two seasons (1985-86). In the NFL, he appeared in 32 contests. Since his playing days ended, Williams has had a long career in law enforcement in Louisiana.
Williams wore this Champion size L for home games in 1984 and 1985. I exchanged emails with the Gunslingers equipment manager, Billy Schott, who informed me that the Gunslingers used the same set of jerseys in their two seasons. This one features significant game wear with several team repairs. All Gunslinger offensive lineman had their sleeves shortened and customized with an elastic to tighten them per Schott, which is evident in this jersey.