Mike Williams, a former wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills, passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 36 due to injuries sustained in a construction accident, according to his agent Hadley Engelhard, who spoke with Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
“He will not be forgotten. Throughout his whole life, he was a fighter. Engelhard sent his condolences and prayed for his kin.
Last week, there was widespread dissemination of a claim that Williams had passed away; however, further reports established that he was still on life support at a hospital in the Tampa region on September 6.
In Hillsborough County, Florida, earlier this month, it was reported that he had brain trauma as a result of a falling steel beam. According to Buffalo’s WIVB, the hit created a wound that later grew infected, and when Williams was taken to the hospital, he was put into an induced coma to treat the infection.
After having his ventilator removed on September 8, he was apparently still alive and alert.
On Thursday, Tierney Lyle, who is the mother of his daughter, who is 8 years old, said “He gives it his all in everything he does.” “He is not one to give up easily under any circumstances.”
This happened as a result of Lyle’s statement that he was “mostly unresponsive” during a visit two days before this. the Tampa Bay Times. She said that he woke up when he heard her and their daughter, Mya, talking to him, but that he was so weak that he could not move or scream out at the time.
Williams spent his childhood in Buffalo, New York, and attended Syracuse University after a successful high school career in both football and basketball. During those three years, he excelled as a wide receiver for the team. Being a well-rounded athlete, he also tried his hand at playing basketball with the Syracuse Orange during the 2007 season for a short period of time. However, during that season of football, he had his greatest success to that point in his career. As a junior, he racked up 837 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. After that, he had a successful year in 2009 with 746 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
When Tampa Bay chose him in the fourth round of that year’s NFL Draft, he was given the opportunity to begin his career in the National Football League. He made a quick impression and was selected for the All-Rookie team after recording 65 receptions for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first season. After that, he went on to have four successful seasons with the Buccaneers, including one in which he came within four yards of reaching the 1,000-yard mark. He extended his contract with the Buccaneers for another five years in 2013, but after a series of off-field troubles, the Buccaneers ultimately decided to move him to the Bills during the summer of 2014.
On Tuesday, the Buccaneers released the statement on social media platform X:
His local team was the one he played for during his last season in the National Football League (2014). He finished his career with 223 receptions, 3,089 receiving yards, and 26 touchdowns.