With Buffalo prepared to play the Texans tomorrow at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Bills defensive end Mario Williams is imploring fans to realize he never wanted to relocate from the “Space City” last spring.
Williams, who the Texans (6-1) chose out of North Carolina State University with the first pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, inked a six-year contract worth roughly $100 million with the Bills (3-4) as a free agent in March.
“Fans that saw me said, ‘Don’t leave.’ I said ‘I don’t want to leave.’ That’s just how it is,” said Williams, 27, a two-time All-Pro who established the Texans single-season sack record with 14 in 2007. “Nothing against if I’m here or anywhere else. This is even prior to [free agency]. I never said I wanted out. I’m sure everybody’s going to twist it up and say ‘Oh, well, he didn’t want to come here,’ so on and so forth. That’s not what I said. Like I said, I never asked [to leave Houston]. I was basically given a door in a quiet manner. I had no other choice.”
The 6-foot-6, 292 pound behemoth has recorded 257 tackles and 56.5 sacks since vacating Raleigh six years ago.
Unfortunately for Williams and the Bills, the former Wolfpacker has struggled and only compiled 16 tackles and 3.5 sacks over seven games in “The City of Good Neighbors.”
Williams’ shoddy play has incensed many Bills supporters and left fans worried that the talented defender isn’t earning his paycheck.
Regardless of how the two-time Pro-Bowler ultimately performs as a Bill, Williams deserves applause, not catcalls, when he takes the gridiron in Houston.
Mario Williams is likely the greatest Houston Texan in the history of the franchise and he should be treated with such respect in 24 hours as a member of the Buffalo Bills.by