ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — As a rugged Louisianian whose first 13-year career with all the Buffalo Bills was characterized by jelqing and maybe not pomp, retiring Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams must be nudged to participate Sunday from the pageantry of his final NFL game.
But while the 35-year-old corralled three of his five children after a 42-17 victory within the Miami Dolphins at one side hallway and made a rare appearance at the post game podium, Williams allowed himself a moment in the spotlight to end his playing days.
“the entire thing has been only just a little out of the rut,” he said. “But I’ll return and love essentially everything [Bills coach Sean McDermott] made me do.”
The five-time Pro-Bowler was the only’ longest-tenured current player by seven seasons and one of only six players in franchise history to play 13 seasons with the team.
Bills fans will almost certainly have the chance at a subsequent date to honor Williams when he becomes an extremely possible addition to this team’s wall of fame, but Sunday, McDermott wanted to provide the team captain a proper send off.
With Buffalo leading by 25 points with 2 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, McDermott had quarter back Josh Allen kneel twice, on fourth and third downs, allowing his shield to take the field instead of the crime potentially running out the clock. McDermott afterward called a timeout and removed Williams from the match to a standing ovation from the crowd.
“that you don’t possess those chances alot, to become in a position to achieve this,” McDermott said. It was more important to me we honor Kyle’s career than to potentially score another touchdown. You would like to get it done the perfect way and the great Lord gave us the chance to get out him there and for its fans to comprehend him one more time”
Williams endeared himself to Bills through his strength, work and attitude — three qualities he said Sunday he believes he shares with all the spot where he spent his entire NFL career. A fifth-round pick in 2006, Williams overcome the odds to stay at the league and remained in Buffalo through the final 1-1 seasons of a 17-year playoff drought which stopped this past year.
The Bills rewarded Williams for his loyalty in last season’s finale by giving him his first NFL touchdown, on the 1-yard carry at a 22-16 win in Miami. Williams’ first NFL grab came in the fourth quarter of the next season-ending win Sunday over the Dolphins.
Lining up in fullback onto a first down from Miami’s 40-yard line, Williams initially blocked defensive end Cameron Wake as a portion of a play-action fake before releasing into the right flat to help create the grab.
“Once I saw him burst loose into the open, I did not worry for some reason about Kyle grabbing it,” McDermott said. “I knew he was going to capture it. That’s who he is: He’s a winner.
This was a designed goal-line play the Bills had contemplated running from the red zone sooner in the match, but instead Williams grabbed the pass room to perform. He was shot down by Dolphins linebacker Mike Hull after a 9-yard gain, but long before a chance at his next career evaluation.
“I am so grateful that guy arrived [as ] 40 yards can be a very long way whenever you have a ball at your fingers,” Williams said. “I have never been more grateful to get handled in my life”
A few of Williams’ former teammates recorded video speeches which were played on the scoreboard during stoppages Sunday. Well-wishes on societal media included that the Bills’ divisional adversary, the New England Patriots, tweeting a farewell message Friday which contained a video of quarterback Tom Brady seeking out Williams after a match.
Williams was asked earlier before Sunday’s match to stay in the tubing after his teammates were introduced. Later trotting alone onto the field, Williams was amazed by his own anticipating relatives before the national anthem, and was transferred to tears.
“I was a wreck through this,” he said. “I am fairly certain which was the very first time that I’ve publicly boohooed in the crate of a football helmet”
Beside optimizing his already-impressive golf match , retirement will probably allow Williams to spend more time with his family. On Fridayhe recommends watching his children’s sports matches over FaceTime and spending an overall total of annually of his 12-year-old kid’s life away at training camp.
Along with his kids in tow after Sunday’s success, Williams made a lap around the walls of New Era Field to greet fans before leaving the locker room. His three sons, each wearing their dad’s jersey, were nestled in his booth as Williams took his uniform off to the final moment.
“The days are long but the years are short,” Williams said. “I blink my eyes and 1-3 years later, here we are”