Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams tragically passed away on Tuesday morning. The unfortunate incident occurred after he was removed from life support at a Tampa, Florida, hospital following a devastating construction accident. His agent, Hadley Engelhard, conveyed this heartbreaking news to CNN. Mike Williams, aged 36, met with this unfortunate accident while performing electrical work, leading to severe injuries and hospitalization, as revealed by Engelhard.
“He will be missed, as Mike Williams had always shown great determination throughout his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time,” Engelhard shared.
Mike Williams began his professional football journey when he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a proud alumnus of Syracuse University, hailing from Buffalo, New York. During his debut season, Mike Williams made a significant impact, finishing second in the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year voting. This recognition came after an outstanding performance, where he caught 65 passes, accumulating 964 yards, and scoring 11 touchdowns. He exhibited remarkable consistency by starting in all 16 games for the Buccaneers.Both the Buccaneers and Syracuse Orange communities expressed their condolences and grief over the loss.
The Buccaneers shared their heartfelt condolences and stated, “Our hearts are heavy upon learning about the untimely demise of our former player, Mike Williams. This tragedy deeply affects our organization, his former teammates, and devoted fans. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones as they navigate through this painful loss.” They conveyed these sentiments via social media.
Syracuse University’s director of athletics, John Wildhack, released an official statement expressing their sorrow. “We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Mike Williams, a former Syracuse student-athlete. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Mike’s family, friends, and the entire Syracuse football community who shared a close bond with him,” said Wildhack.
After enjoying a successful four-season stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike Williams returned to his hometown when he was traded to the Buffalo Bills. He spent a memorable season with his beloved hometown team. In 2016, he took on a new chapter in his career by signing with the Kansas City Chiefs. However, his time with the Chiefs was relatively short-lived, as he was released just four months later.
Throughout his NFL career, Mike Williams accumulated an impressive track record. He recorded 223 receptions, amassed 3,089 yards, and scored 26 touchdowns in a total of 63 NFL games.
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