Jackson MS: The first African-American to play football at Ole Miss died today in Jackson.
Robert Jerry “Gentle Ben” Williams was the first black football player at the University of Mississippi, in 1971.
He still holds the Ole Miss record with 37 sacks, 18 in single season. He was the first Ole Miss African-American player to receive first selection All-American honors.
He played for the Buffalo Bills in the NFL for ten years. Rebel “Gentle Ben” Williams died in a Jackson hospital of natural causes at age 65.
Details in this Associated Press article published this afternoon: https://apnews.com/40c33d101790f12d90b2c5ed20b8781cBuffalo Bills, Northeast MS news, Robert Jerry "Gentle Ben" Williams, University of Mississippi