At least one person had fun on Thursday after North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams announced his retirement.

Former NFL safety Roy Williams enjoyed accepting congratulations, thanks, and praise from fans mistaking the football player — who’s verified on Twitter — for the Hall of Fame coach, resulting in some very funny tweets, GIFs, and Photoshopped images throughout the day.

The Roy Williams receiving many of the tweets played nine seasons in the NFL, seven of those for the Dallas Cowboys. He was named to five Pro Bowls during his career.

Williams also seemed amused because he played his college ball at Oklahoma, Big 12 rival of Kansas, where Coach Roy Williams led the Jayhawks for 15 years, reaching the Final Four four times before moving to Chapel Hill.

During his college days with the Sooners, Williams won a national championship, the Jim Thorpe Award and Bronco Nagurski Trophy, and first-team All-American honors.

Roy Williams, the coach, announced his retirement on Thursday after 18 years at North Carolina, during which he won three national championships and reached seven Final Fours. Roy Williams, the football player, enjoyed the thanks he received from Tar Heels fans for that run of success.

Well, there were at least a couple of tweets that Williams didn’t like. Those confused him with yet another Roy Williams, the wide receiver.

That Roy Williams played at Texas — arch-rival of Oklahoma — and lasted eight seasons in the NFL. Roy Williams, wide receiver, played five seasons with the Detroit Lions and two with the Cowboys. They were teammates in Dallas during the 2008 season.

No word on whether or not receiver Roy Williams has been getting tweets intended for Coach Roy Williams. That Roy Williams might be on Twitter, but it’s not a verified account so it’s not clear if that’s the real guy. He appears to be missing out on the fun, however.

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