Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams has announced he will retire from the game after Sunday’s game, seeing the team lose a true modern-day legend.
Kyle Williams has spent his entire 13-year professional career with the Buffalo Bills, originally being selected in the fifth round (134th overall) of the 2006 Draft.
Spending the past 13 years with the team, Williams has made 182 regular season appearances with 177 of them being starts.
He has racked up an impressive 607 total tackles (384 solo) so far, with 102 of them coming for a loss.
13-year NFL vet.
Life-long Buffalo Bill.
And the heart and soul of this team.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 28, 2018
Williams has hit opposing quarterbacks 141 times in his career, with 48.5 sacks helping him to make five Pro Bowls and be named All-Pro twice in his career.
Arguably Williams’ best season came in 2010, where the former LSU Tiger earned 68 combined tackles (42 solo) as well as a career-high 10.5 sacks (22 QB hits total).
It is very rare for a fifth-round draft pick to develop into anything more than a roster body, but Williams developed well with the Bills and is ending his career as one of the most respected defensive tackles in the entire NFL.
Williams will have an opportunity to add to his career totals one last time when the Buffalo Bills face AFC East rivals the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
The biggest disappointment for Williams will be the fact that he only saw his Bills team make the playoffs in one season during his tenure, coming last year.
The Dolphins game can only see the Bills finish with a 6-10 record at best, with a 5-11 record potentially helping the team climb to a higher position in next year’s draft.
While it would be nice for the Bills to have a stronger position in the 2019 Draft, a win will certainly be the desire in order to send off one of the team’s best servants.
Fans on social media have called for Williams to be honoured by the team, with anything from jersey retirement to a role as a defensive line coach showing how highly the fans value Williams’ contributions over the past 13 years.
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