- Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams, who played for the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Williams made a significant impact in the NFL, particularly during his rookie year in 2010.
- Over his five-year NFL career, Williams accumulated impressive stats with 223 catches.
Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams, who played for the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2010 to 2014, tragically passed away this Tuesday due to injuries sustained while working at a construction site. The sad news was confirmed by his agent, Hadley Engelhard, and reported by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Williams was just 36 years old at the time of his passing and had participated in 63 NFL games during his five-year career.
Mike Williams was a Buffalo native who originally gained fame for his collegiate basketball career at Syracuse before transitioning to football. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2010.
Williams made an immediate impact in the NFL, especially during his rookie year in 2010 when he was a prominent contender for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, ultimately finishing second to Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams. During that remarkable season, he started all 16 games and recorded 65 catches for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In 2012, Williams continued to showcase his skills with nine touchdowns and 996 receiving yards, solidifying his reputation as a talented wide receiver in the league.
Unfortunately, injuries derailed his 2013 season, and he was eventually traded from the Buccaneers to the Buffalo Bills. He spent his final season in the NFL with the Bills before briefly joining the Kansas City Chiefs.