Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams has passed away following a tragic accident at a construction site last week, as announced by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was 36 years old.
In a statement, the team expressed their deep sorrow over the untimely demise of Mike Williams, which has left their organization, his former teammates, and fans in profound grief. They extended their heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones as they grappled with this heartbreaking loss.
Williams, aged 36, was working in Hillsborough County, Florida when the accident occurred last week, according to Tierney Lyle, the mother of his 8-year-old daughter, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times. Last Wednesday, when he was visited at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Williams was largely unresponsive in the intensive care unit.
There appeared to be a glimmer of hope when Lyle informed the Tampa Bay Times that doctors removed him from a ventilator last Thursday afternoon. Nevertheless, reports indicated that Williams was dealing with partial paralysis and was in a critical condition.
Tragically, Williams lost his battle and passed away on Tuesday morning, according to his agent, Hadley Engelhard, who stated, “He will be missed. He fought hard his whole life. Prayers to his family,” as reported by NFL Media.
Hailing from Buffalo, New York, Williams was selected by the Buccaneers in the fourth round (No. 101 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He is perhaps most renowned for his standout rookie season with Tampa Bay, during which he led the team with 65 receptions for 964 yards and a franchise-record 11 touchdowns at the time.
Standing at 6-foot-2, Williams consistently delivered strong performances in the subsequent two years, amassing over 60 catches and 750 yards from 2011 to 2012, leading to a six-year, $40 million contract extension before the 2013 season.
Unfortunately, a hamstring injury limited Williams to just six games in his first year under the new contract, and he was subsequently traded to his hometown Buffalo Bills after the season.
Although he briefly displayed his big-play potential with three touchdowns and an impressive average of nearly 18 yards per catch in nine games, reports emerged that he sought another trade by mid-October, leading to his release by the Bills later that season.
Following a suspension that sidelined him for several games at the start of the 2015 season, Williams remained unsigned for the rest of the year, only to make a comeback as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2016 offseason.
He competed for a reserve role behind established veterans Jeremy Maclin and Chris Conley, along with then-rookie Tyreek Hill, before being released as part of the final roster cuts in August.
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