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2011 NFL draft: Doug Williams to announce Redskins’ second-round pick

Super Bowl XXII MVP Doug Williams will be at the podium to announce the Washington Redskins’ second-round draft pick April 28 at Radio City Music Hall.

The NFL announced today that, for the first time, retired greats from each team would collectively announce an entire round.

The Redskins tabbed Williams, the first – and only – African American quarterback to win a Super Bowl, as their representative. The Redskins will be on the clock nine picks into the second round (41st overall).

Williams played for the Redskins from 1986 to 1989 and led Washington to a 42-10 victory over John Elway and the Denver Broncos. Williams passed for four touchdowns in the second quarter of the Super Bowl victory. He is a member of the Redskins’ Ring of Fame and also is on the team’s list of the 70 greatest Redskins.

An official at the NFL Players Association — now technically a trade association since it dissolved as a labor union March 11 — declined to comment when reached Thursday afternoon. Retired players have joined with current players in an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, which has locked out the current players in a labor dispute.

The players considered, but ultimately rejected, a plan to hold an alternative ceremony that would have competed with the NFL’s proceedings on the first night of the draft.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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