Mike Williams, a former wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills, was reportedly said to have died from injuries suffered at a construction site. Hours later, it would be revealed that he actually was on life support fighting for his life.
A GoFundMe, written by the former player’s father, Wendell Muhammad, detailed Williams’ tragedy following an on-the-job mishap.
A steel beam falling on his head caused massive injuries but he never gained consciousness. After suffering a “massive” head injury, he also had massive swelling on his brain and would be paralyzed.
“As a result of this accident, there was swelling on his brain and swelling on his spinal cord that was ruptured,” Williams’ father said. “These injuries resulted in complete paralysis in his right arm as well as his lower body from the waist down.
“As you can probably imagine, this is painful for me and has me distraught.”
Williams was a standout college football at Syracuse University for three seasons from 2006 to 2009. He enjoyed a decorated collegiate career, finishing ninth in program history in career receptions, eighth in receiving yards, and second in touchdowns caught.
Williams entered the league in 2010 and was the Offensive Rookie of the Year runner-up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He played three more seasons in Tampa before he was traded to his hometown Buffalo Bills in his last NFL season in 2014.
Williams attempted a comeback with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016 but was released.
He finished his career with 3,089 receiving yards.
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