Carlton came out of Pitt in 1981 to become an integral part of Dwight Hicks and the Hot Licks, then remained with the 49ers through 1987, making the Pro Bowl twice. He missed 1988 with an injury, then retired. He said this about joining the 49ers: “George Seifert called me after the draft. I had a question concerning myself and Ronnie, both being strong safeties. I asked George what position would I be playing given that they drafted Ronnie No. 1. He said strong safety and that they were looking forward to me stepping in and playing. So I was very excited.”
And he said this about the 1984 team: “I thought one of the most prestigious honors was that all four of us in the secondary was there. I don’t think enough has been said about that. That was certainly something that went into the history books. I don’t think that it ever had happened before and I think it will be a long time before it happens again.”
A 49ers profile of Williamson in 2002 revealed him to be a senior VP at Waffle House in suburban Atlanta, who also worked with community groups.