|Chief Zee and Moe at Redskinn Park|
photo by Billy Ector
Williams, better known as “Chief Zee” has been the Redskins Mascot for 34 years and has only missed two home games since 1978, one after the death of his father and the other when he escorted the wife of the late “Crazy Ray”, his Dallas Cowboys counterpart at a special ceremony honoring Ray at Texas Stadium.”
“Ray passed in 07.” Williams said. “We became really close friends over the years, off the field of course.”
|Chief Zee enters Redskin Park|
photo by Moe Murphy
“We were having fun, and 3 or 4 fans attacked me” Williams said. “You know Philadelphia is a poor sports town, in all sports, I haven’t been back since and I’ll leave it at that.”
In 2008 the Chief lost his beloved toy tomahawk at a game, and actually sat in the parking lot of FedEx Field hoping somebody would return it to him. It was later discovered to be in the possession of a fan and Redskins TE Chris Cooley exchanged an autographed jersey to get the prized prop back for the Chief.
Williams was hospitalized in 2011 with a cyst on his spine, but has not let up on his enthusiasm and his willingness to promote his passion, the Washington Redskins.
The Chief was mobbed as he entered Fan Day in Ashburn, not once refusing to talk, pose with a photo or in my case do an interview.