Williams, reinstated after bounty affair, joins Titans

Thu Feb 7, 2013 6:05pm EST
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - Gregg Williams, banned for orchestrating the New Orleans Saints' bounty program, was reinstated by the NFL on Thursday and hired as a defensive coach by the Tennessee Titans, vowing he would find "positive ways to inspire."

Williams, who was hired by the St. Louis Rams before the 2012 NFL season before being suspended indefinitely by the NFL and subsequently fired from that job, was introduced as the Titans senior assistant/defense at a news conference.

"I take full responsibility and apologize for my previous actions," said Williams. "I used this year to organize my life and focus on positive energy and positive ways to inspire and coach and motivate in this profession."

The Titans said National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Williams and the Titans that the coach's contract had been approved.

"The commissioner cited several reasons for the reinstatement, including Williams' forthcoming acknowledgement of and acceptance of responsibility for his role in the bounty program at the Saints, his commitment to never again be involved in a pay-for-performance or bounty system, and his pledge to teach safe play and respect for the rules at all levels of the game," the Titans said in a statement.

"The commissioner emphasized that Williams must fully conform to league rules and will be subject to periodic monitoring to confirm his compliance."

Williams was banned last March after an NFL investigation determined the defensive coordinator had a leadership role in the Saints bounty scandal, a program that gave players cash rewards for knocking opponents out of games from 2009-2011.

On a recording that surfaced shortly after his ban, Williams could be heard instructing players to injure members of an opposing team ahead of a playoff game last year.   Continued...

New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams watches his team prepare for their NFL football game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Louisiana January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Sean Gardner