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Henry Williams bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Henry (Gizmo) Williams

Playing Career

Edmonton Eskimos
1986 - 1988, 1990 - 2000

Awards and Honours

All-Western Special Teams
1987, 1988, 1991 - 1994, 1997 (7)

All-Canadian Special Teams
1987, 1991 - 1994 (5)

Grey Cup Participation
1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996 (5)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1987, 1993 (2)

Career Highlights

  • Played 200 games as an Edmonton Eskimos.

  • 1st on the Canadian Football League (CFL) All-Time Most Kick Returns for a Touchdown in a career with 31 (as of 2015).

  • 2nd on the CFL All-Time Most Kick Returns in a season with 5. This was done in 1991 and 1987 (as of 2015).

Henry Williams attended East Caroline University and played briefly with the United States Football League (USFL) Memphis Showboats before joining the Edmonton Eskimos in 1986. His skills caused the CFL to create a 'designated import' spot on each team's roster to allow for a game-breaking specialist.

In 149 regular season games, Williams, affectionately known as "Gizmo", returned 26 punts for touchdowns, including five in one season, to set CFL records. He also returned three kickoffs and two missed field goals for touchdowns, added 21 touchdown passes as a receiver and another on a running play. Undresized and speedy, he often punctuated his touchdowns with end zone back flips.

At the time of his retirement in 2000, Williams amassed 23,927 all-purpose yards in his career.

Williams made 14 postseason appearances, playing in 22 playoff games and five Grey Cup games, winning two championships. In the 1987 Grey Cup, he set a record by returning a missed field goal 115 yards for a touchdown.

Henry (Gizmo) Williams is also a member of the North West Mississippi Junior College Hall of Fame and is also a member of the Eskimos Wall of Honour. Both of these achievements occurred in 2002.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2006 as a player.

Class of 2006

Matt DuniganBobby JurasinAllen PittsVictor SpencerHenry Williams

Football Reporters of Canada

Darrell DavisAl Maki

Williams, Henry (Gizmo)
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