Gene Williams was an outstanding offensive lineman for Iowa State from 1987-90, earning First-Team All-Big Eight and All-America honors as a senior. The Omaha, Neb., native helped pave the way for Blaise Bryant, who rushed for a then-school-record 1,516 yards in 1989, as the Cyclones finished 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big Eight. He was a fifth-round pick in the 1991 NFL Draft, enjoying a nine-year NFL career. Williams was the starting right guard for the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII.

Highlights
- Four-year letterwinner on the offensive line (1987-90).
- Two-time All-Big Eight pick, earning first-team accolades as a senior in 1990.
- Was voted team co-captain and was named an All-American by Gannett News in 1990.
- Played in the Blue-Gray Classic in 1990.
- Played nine years in the NFL after getting drafted in the fifth round in 1991.
- Started 65 games in his NFL career.
- Started at right guard for the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII.