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Williams' Virginia home up for sale
Gregg Williams could soon be forced from pro football, although the impending punishment by the NFL for leading a pay-for-performance scheme hasn’t altered his decision to sell his McMansion in one of the nation’s wealthiest areas.
Williams, recently hired as the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator, has kept his five-bedroom, nearly 7,000-square-foot house here in Leesburg, Va., on the market. He is asking for $1.39 million for the 11-year-old house on 3.3 acres, although it’s unclear whether that includes the Williams jersey that was hung next to a pool table in the basement — a photo of which can be seen on the realtor’s website. The house includes a pool — with a waterfall and spa — and a gourmet kitchen, which includes a Viking range and Sub-Zero fridge.
An open house was held at the property Sunday afternoon.
Williams admitted he paid bonuses to players while he was Saints defensive coordinator from 2009-11 for hits that forced opposing players out of the game. FOXSport.com’s Jay Glazer reported that the NFL will issue punishment by the owners meeting, which takes place March 26-28 in Palm Beach, Fla.
Williams purchased the house in 2004 — his first of four seasons as a coordinator with the Washington Redskins — for $1.2 million, according to public records.
“My son and I were washing cars in the front yard when a burgundy and gold Escalade drove up,” said Nicholas Lailas, a urologist who owned the house immediately before Williams. “His (real estate) agent hadn’t even shown up yet. He asked if we didn’t mind if he took a look at the house. He came back down and he said he loved the house except he wanted to give rid of everything in one bedroom.”
That was Lailas’ son’s bedroom, which was adorned with New England Patriots posters and a signed Drew Bledsoe football. Lailas said the closing took place at Redskins Park in nearby Ashburn.
“We got to meet Joe Gibbs and everybody else there,” Lailas said.
The property was originally put up for sale by Williams in May 2011, but had been removed from the market twice after not selling. The original asking price was $1.49 million.
The original owner of the property was Kurt Schottenheimer, who was the Redskins defensive coordinator in 2001.