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Willie Carroll Townes (born July 21, 1943 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is a former professional American football defensive end in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1966 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Tulsa.
Willie Townes was born on July 21, 1943 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He played high school football at Rowan High School.
The 1964 team beat Mississippi 14-7 in the Bluebonnet Bowl, where he was named the game’s outstanding lineman. He also was an honorable mention All-America selection and a member of that year's All-Bowl team.
In 1986, he was inducted into the University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame.
He is perhaps best known for causing Bart Starr to fumble in the 1967 NFL Championship Game, commonly known as the Ice Bowl. The fumble was picked up and returned for a touchdown by Cowboys defensive end, George Andrie.
He missed the entire 1969 season due to the knee injury.
Townes had always had a weight problem, due to his food in-take and lack of exercise. Citing weight problems as a major reason for their decision, the Cowboys traded him for a draft choice to the New Orleans Saints at the start of the 1970 season.
The NFL didn't start recognizing quarterback sacks as an official stat until 1982; however, the Cowboys have their own records, dating back before the 1982 season. According to the Cowboys' stats, Townes is unofficially credited with a total of 9 sacks during his 1966 season, tying him with Harvey Martin for the most by a Cowboys rookie in franchise history. With 15 sacks, he is also tied with Larry Cole for the third most sacks recorded by a Cowboys player in his first two years in the NFL, behind Demarcus Ware and Harvey Martin
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New York Giants
Married to Eva Dorris Johnson Townes 1978. Son William Carroll Townes II"Tiger" from previous marriage No Children together. Raised great nieces and nephews Tyeisha George, Rhya-Khristina, Ryan and Ri-anna Rollings.