Mario Williams, All-Pro defensive end and the man some say stole money from the Buffalo Bills during his first season with the team, enters the 2013 training camp needing to prove that he is worth every cent of his contract.
But before he was accused of stealing NFL money, he was the man drafted ahead of USC star running back Reggie Bush in the 2006 draft. Taken no. 1 by the Houston Texans, Williams developed into a very feared and productive defensive end as a member of the Texans. Over his six-year career with the Texans, he amassed a total of 241 tackles, 53 sacks and 11 forced fumbles.
Due to his outstanding play with Houston, Williams was able to earn a payday to the tune of a six-year contract with the Bills worth up to $100 million, with $50 million guaranteed. It was the most lucrative contract for a defensive player in NFL history.
For the two-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro player’s part, Williams accumulated 46 total tackles, 10.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in his first season with the Bills. Now, most players in Williams’s position would be looked upon as having a stellar year and as a defender with that season stat line, and possibly be in the running for the Defensive Player of Year award.
However, Williams isn’t cut from the same cloth. During the 2012 season, Williams was often bothered by a wrist injury which supposedly affected his play.
Williams will go into Bills training camp on a mission as the unanimous starter at defensive end, and ready to improve upon this 2012 numbers with his current team.