After signing a massive six-year, $100-million contract this off-season, the next thing Mario Williams needed to do was to pick his new number. However, getting him the number he wanted proved to be a little more difficult then the Buffalo Bills would have liked. Williams wore the number 90 for the past six years in Houston, but that number has been worn by Bills’ veteran, Chris Kelsay, since 2003. Williams apparently did not try to get Kelsay’s number, but instead had his eyes focused on another number.
Williams then settled on the number 94, but a veteran player, three-year defensive end Kyle Moore, also occupied it. Moore sported the number for the last seven contests of the 2011 season, but appeared to simply hand over the number rather easily to the Bills new $100 million man. Moore will now wear the number 54, but the addition of Williams not only cost him his number, but it also cost him almost all his playing time.
It is ironic that Williams will throw on the #94 jersey in 2012, because it is the same number that the Bills last great pass rusher wore, Aaron Schobel. Schobel wore the number for the Buffalo Bills from 2001-09, where he amassed a team-leading 78 sacks. Schobel even made two Pro Bowls with the small market team in Orchard Park, NY, but unfortunately retired this past season due to a very public contract dispute with the organization. Super Mario will be a great transition from one All-Pro pass rusher to another, and he will do it in a number that the Bills have associated with hitting the quarterback for over a decade.