Councilwoman Yvette Simpson presented former Bengal and Cincinnati City Councilman Reggie Williams a copy of the resolution passed by City Council honoring his leadership both on the football field and in the corridors of City Hall on Saturday, November 25. Simpson sponsored the resolution honoring Williams, who is the only Bengal to serve on City Council.
The presentation occurred prior to the beginning of the Legends autograph session at the Pro Shop at Paul Brown Stadium. Williams said he was honored by the resolution and loved the fact the Bengals fans continue to support the team.
“I am very appreciative of the opportunity to serve the community of Cincinnati and play with some great teammates. I am proud of our fans who continue to support our team,” said Williams.
Williams 14-year career began when he was drafted in 1976 National Football League draft by the Bengals. During his career as a linebacker, he recorded 16 interceptions and 62.5 sacks. He was also a key figure in the Bengals defense that went to the 1982 Super Bowl, and played a pivotal role in the franchise’s return to the Super Bowl in 1988.
In 1988, Williams was appointed to Cincinnati City Council to fill the seat vacated by Arn Bortz, and was subsequently elected to City Council in 1989 while playing in his final season with the Bengals. During his Council tenure, he was influential in getting the City to divest its pension fund of investments in companies that did business in South Africa. The divestment was in protest of apartheid in South Africa, which ended in the early 1990s.
After his Council term expired, Williams served as director of Sports Development for Walt Disney World in 1993, then as vice president of Disney Sports Attractions in 1998. He also led the newly created Sports & Recreation Division and oversaw the Wide World of Sports Complex, where he developed the project into the number one sports venue for amateur and professional sports in the nation; and laid the foundation for the complex to be the NFL Pro Bowl site for 2017.
Williams stays connect to Cincinnati through his work with the United Way, the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, and Give the Kids the World.