Ex-NFL WR Mike Williams Dies At Age 36; Caught 11 TDs As A Rookie

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Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams has tragically passed away after a challenging battle, according to his agent Hadley Engelhard of EnterSports Management, via NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.

Engelhard expressed his condolences, saying, “He will be missed. He fought hard his whole life. Prayers to his family.”

Williams’ journey took a tragic turn when he suffered a severe injury while performing electrical work.

In a series of unfortunate events, the reporting of Williams’ health status had been inconsistent.

Spectrum News in Buffalo initially reported his passing on September 6, but it was later revealed that Williams was still alive and on life support. Subsequently, another report claimed that Williams was showing signs of recovery and had been taken off life support, although he still faced a challenging road ahead.

Now, his agent has confirmed the devastating news of Williams’ passing.

Mike Williams, a Buffalo native who attended Syracuse University, embarked on a promising NFL career when he was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

During his impressive rookie season, Williams led the Buccaneers in receiving yards with 964 and scored 11 touchdowns. His talents continued to shine in the 2012 season with 996 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns.

Later, he was traded to his hometown team, the Buffalo Bills, in exchange for a sixth-round pick, where he spent one season.

Williams’ remarkable career at Syracuse University, where he recorded 20 touchdowns, tied him for the second-most in school history, alongside Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison.