Former students, players honor late football coach with statue

Dave Williams statue debut in Pocahontas
Coach Williams' wife Utanah admiring the statue
Coach Williams' wife Utanah admiring the statue

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Coach Dave Williams was a legend that will live forever in the proud history of Pocahontas High School football.

For decades, Coach Williams led the Redskins on Friday nights.

Even though he passed way two years ago, he is back, watching over Schoonover Stadium every week.

Fridays in the fall usually give area school districts a chance to celebrate anything and everything football.
For more than three decades at the Pocahontas School District, you couldn't mention football without mentioning Coach Dave Williams.

"When you heard his voice, you knew who it was regardless of what the occasion was," Gerald Fears said.

Fears spoke Friday afternoon at the unveiling of a statue honoring Coach Williams. Though he lost his battle with cancer two years ago, in the 31 years before that, he did more than just lead the Redskins on the field.

"He knew that the part of life that came after the last tackle, the last first down and the final game would be the most important," Fears said.
The lasting impression that Coach Williams left on so many is the reason that so many more will now be left with a lasting impression of Coach Williams.

Current Redskin football players unveiled a statue of Coach Williams prior to the high school's pep rally.
"And in years to come, there will be many discussions that will take place about this statue in his honor," Fears said.

The idea for the statue came from Coach Williams' former students and players. They initiated fundraising efforts shortly after his death.

Though most of Coach Williams' family attended the unveiling Friday afternoon, his son Jeff was not able to make it. That's, of course, because he is also a coach and had a team of his own to lead in Northwest Arkansas.

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