Mike Williams, ex-NFL wide receiver, dies at 36 after construction site accident

03:02 13.09.2023

Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams, known for his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills, has tragically passed away at the age of 36. Williams had been in the hospital for over a week following a head injury sustained in a construction accident. On September 5, reports circulated that Williams had died as a result of the accident. However, two days later, it was revealed that he was still alive but in critical condition. Williams' agent, Hadley Engelhard, confirmed his death and expressed his condolences to the family.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released a statement expressing their sadness and offering their deepest sympathies to Williams' family and loved ones in the wake of this tragic event. Williams was a standout player at Syracuse University, where he scored 20 touchdowns, tying him for second-most in school history alongside Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison. He was selected by the Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft and made an immediate impact in his rookie season, leading the team in receiving yards and receptions.

Despite his promising start, Williams' career was marred by injuries and he struggled to reach his full potential. His most productive season came in 2012 when he recorded 996 receiving yards. In total, he caught 223 passes for 3,089 yards and 26 touchdowns throughout his professional career. Williams' untimely death has left the NFL community and fans mourning the loss of a talented player.

The circumstances surrounding Williams' accident were devastating. According to his mother, Mary Rosenthal, he was doing electrical work at a construction site when a steel beam fell on his head. Initially, Williams walked away from the accident, but he soon began experiencing severe headaches and loss of feeling in his legs. He was hospitalized and underwent spinal cord surgery, but his condition continued to worsen. Williams' mother revealed that he had previously expressed his wishes to be taken off life support if he were ever in such a situation.

The news of Williams' passing has shocked and saddened many. Syracuse University, where Williams played college football, released a statement expressing their deep sympathies to his family and the entire Syracuse football community. Williams was a beloved member of the university and his loss is deeply felt.

The details of Williams' accident and subsequent injuries have highlighted the dangers that workers face in construction sites. It serves as a reminder of the importance of workplace safety and the need for stricter regulations to prevent such tragic incidents.

As news of Williams' death continues to unfold, the football community remains in mourning. His passing serves as a somber reminder of the fragility of life and the impact that injuries can have on individuals and their loved ones. Williams will be remembered for his talent on the field and the fight he displayed throughout his career. May he rest in peace.

/ Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 3:02 AM /

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