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... how will the NFL distinguish between the two Williams? Personally, I think they will both go with "R. Williams" on the back, but has there ever been a situation with 2 people having the same first and last name on the same NFL team?

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... how will the NFL distinguish between the two Williams? Personally, I think they will both go with "R. Williams" on the back, but has there ever been a situation with 2 people having the same first and last name on the same NFL team?

All through training camp and the preseason, the AZ Cardinals had two Bryan Robinsons. Both are/were defensive linemen. Since one was a veteran, and one was a rookie, I believe the veteran used "B. ROBINSON", while the rookie had his full name plus middle initial on the back of his jersey.

The rookie Bryan Robinson was cut before the regular season started.

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You'd think the giant 11 and 38 (? ex-31) would get that done, but I know the NFL doesn't do that. Big pet peeve for me. Not a fan of the full name look.

Another Cowboys quirk I just realized is that Pacman Jones is (was) wearing the No. 21 worn by Julius Jones last year. I had wondered why his jersey seemed so popular in the Dallas stands ...

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I remember Andre' Davis and Andra Davis with the Browns at the same time, both had their FNOB (full name on back.)

I think in this case they will just go with R. Williams for one, or both of them. I don't understand why they even put first initials, what the hell are number for (like CubsFanBudMan said)? Now if they were wearing the same number and had the same name, I'd see a problem (too bad that's illegal).

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The WR's middle name is "Eugene" Roy E. Williams.

They could just do that for both. Put their first and middle initials and then Williams. I think it'd work. It'd be better than first and last names, which would still be the same anyway. This would be the only way to distinguish (as far as names are concerned. Add me to those who think the number is enough, and just Williams would work for both)

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You'd think the giant 11 and 38 (? ex-31) would get that done, but I know the NFL doesn't do that. Big pet peeve for me. Not a fan of the full name look.

Another Cowboys quirk I just realized is that Pacman Jones is (was) wearing the No. 21 worn by Julius Jones last year. I had wondered why his jersey seemed so popular in the Dallas stands ...

#21 was also worn by Deion Sanders.

The WR's middle name is "Eugene" Roy E. Williams.

Roy Lee Williams...the safety's full name.

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I thought the NFL decided to forego all initials and FNOBs, effective with the 2007 season. So, if that's true, it'll be just "WILLIAMS" and "WILLIAMS."

Unless one wanted to change his name to "Roy Wallaims," in a nod to cheeky British sketch comedy.

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I think they should go with:

Roy Williams the Wide Receiver, not to be confused with that safety guy who also plays on my team, he's defense, I'm offense, get it right. #

Roy Williams the safety. I've been here longer so I deserve to keep my jersey the same as it always has been, but oh well, I can compromise. I'm all about team chemistry as you should all know by now. Oh, and they wrote in the horse collar rule for me also, pretty cool huh? #

I'd them both.

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Not to stay off track, but Nation, I know about Deion. I had seen a lot of "Jones 21" jerseys when in Dallas but was not thinking about Julius.

Back on track: They wouldn't dare give up a 1st, 3rd, 6th and Danny White's No. 11 for Roy Williams? If he really wnated to mess with people, he could go after the other RW's old No. 31. Does Reebok pay for that kind of savings the way they collect for Ocho Cinco? :)

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... how will the NFL distinguish between the two Williams? Personally, I think they will both go with "R. Williams" on the back, but has there ever been a situation with 2 people having the same first and last name on the same NFL team?

All through training camp and the preseason, the AZ Cardinals had two Bryan Robinsons. Both are/were defensive linemen. Since one was a veteran, and one was a rookie, I believe the veteran used "B. ROBINSON", while the rookie had his full name plus middle initial on the back of his jersey.

The rookie Bryan Robinson was cut before the regular season started.

Somebody up in here has absolutely GOT to find a photo of that!!!

On a whole 'nother note...speaking of players with matchingnames on the same team, about the closest I can think of occured wtih the Buccaneers several years ago. Had two players named, oddly enough, Corey Ivy. (Add more to it: both were DB's.) But either got a FNOB or even an initial. Why? Because one was spelled "Corey"...the other, "Khori".

But yeah I do remember, as was mentioned above, the deal with the Browns' Andre' Davis and Andra Davis. Weren't they both LB's, as well? (I know Andra was.) And speaking of that, a good while back, the Saints had to players who almost had the same name...Keith and Kevin Mitchell, who both had FNOB if I recall correctly, and who, again, were both linebackers. (Go figure.)

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I just think they should keep it Williams and Williams seeing that they play on different sides of the ball.

Roy, the safety, has been inactive the last four games, so it may not really matter

He broke his arm...

Those of us among the Sooner Nation resolved this issue years ago when one RW was a Sooner and the other a Longhorn. The Sooner was TRRW (The Real Roy Williams), while the Longhorn was TFRW (The Fake Roy Williams).

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Roy Williams the safety. Oh, and they wrote in the horse collar rule for me also, pretty cool huh? #

You know you've revolutionized your position when they have to enact new rules around you. LB's didn't used to be fast enough to run down receivers to horse collar them. Roy could, and the rule is the result.

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