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Mario Williams

Mario Williams
No. 94     Buffalo Bills
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-01-31) January 31, 1985
Place of birth: Richlands, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 292 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school: Richlands (NC)
College: NC State
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Debuted in 2006 for the Houston Texans
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2014
Tackles 355
Quarterback sacks 88.5
Forced fumbles 15
Stats at

Mario Jerrel Williams (born January 31, 1985) is an American football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for North Carolina State University. Williams was selected first overall by the Houston Texans in the 2006 NFL Draft. He is a three-time Pro Bowl selection.


  • College career 1
  • Professional career 2
    • 2006 NFL Combine 2.1
    • Houston Texans 2.2
      • Texans franchise records 2.2.1
    • Buffalo Bills 2.3
    • Professional statistics 2.4
  • Personal life 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

College career

Williams attended North Carolina State University, where he played for the NC State Wolfpack football team from 2003 to 2006. His stellar performance for the Wolfpack earned him the top spot in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Draft analysts predicted that the Houston Texans would pick Reggie Bush as the first pick. However, in a surprising move on the night before the draft, the Texans signed Williams, and selected him first overall.

Professional career

2006 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 7 in 295 lb 4.66 s 1.60 s 2.77 s 4.37 s 7.21 s 40.5 in 10 ft 0 in 35 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Houston Texans

On October 1, 2006, Williams recorded his first sack and a half against Miami Dolphins' quarterback Daunte Culpepper in the Texans' first win of the season (score 17-15). Three weeks later, Williams sacked Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich and recovered a fumble in the Texans' 27-7 upset. In the 2006 season, Williams started all 16 games with 47 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.

Early in the 2007 season, Williams played well, with an outstanding performance in the first game. Williams made five tackles, two sacks, and returned a fumble by Kansas City Chiefs fullback Kris Wilson for a touchdown. He had particularly big games against the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans, sacking quarterback Jay Cutler 3.5 times and quarterback Vince Young 2.5 times in one game each. His first sack of 2007 was of Peyton Manning.[1] Before the game, Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy compared Williams to Colts Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney.[2] Williams finished the 2007 season by starting all 16 games with 59 total tackles and 14 sacks.

The 2007 season was a year that Williams answered many of the critics that he gained because of his lofty top draft pick status.[3] In 2007, through 15 games, Williams accounted for 48 percent of the Texans' sacks, a higher percentage than any other player.[3] Williams was a first-team All-Pro selection by the Sporting News. Williams was not elected to the Pro Bowl game, but was voted an alternate to the game.[4]

In 2008, Williams amassed 12 sacks and 53 tackles in 16 games (all starts). This effort included three sacks and one forced fumble in the Texans' first ever Monday Night Football game on December 1, 2008. For his efforts, Williams was selected for his first Pro Bowl as a starter and was a first-team All-Pro selection by the Sporting News for the second consecutive season. Williams was again selected to the Pro Bowl after the 2009 season.

On December 15, 2010, the Texans announced they were placing Williams on injured reserve for the remainder of the season with an inflamed hernia.[5] Williams had been struggling since September with injuries, though he still ranked in the top third in the NFL in sacks with 8.5 through 13 games.[6]

In 2011, Williams transitioned to outside linebacker. During Week 5 against the Oakland Raiders, Williams suffered a torn pectoral muscle while sacking Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell for his team-leading fifth sack. On October 12, the Texans placed Williams on injured reserve for the second consecutive year, ending his season.[7] Williams' contract ended in 2011 and he became a free agent, able to sign with any other football team.

Texans franchise records


  • Most career sacks (53)
  • Most career forced fumbles (11)

Buffalo Bills

On March 15, 2012, after two days of negotiation with the Buffalo Bills as a free agent, Williams signed a six-year contract with the Bills. Williams' new contract is worth up to $100 million, with $50 million guaranteed, which makes it the most lucrative contract for a defensive player in NFL history.[9]

On May 22, 2012, it was announced that Williams would be wearing number #94 while with the Bills. The #90 that he wore with the Texans was worn by veteran Chris Kelsay in Buffalo.[10]

Williams started all 16 games making 46 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles in 2012. He had a season high 3 sacks against the Colts on November 25, 2012. During the season, Williams was often bothered by a wrist injury which supposedly affected his play.[11]

On September 15, 2013, Williams got 4.5 sacks in a winning effort against the Carolina Panthers, which broke the Bills franchise record for the most sacks in a game. He finished the 2013 season with 38 tackles, a forced fumble, 4 passes defended, and 13 sacks in 16 starts.

Professional statistics

Season Team Tackles Interceptions Other
GP Solo Ast Total Sck Int Yds IntTD DefTD FFum FRec PD Safety
2006 Houston Texans 16 35 12 47 4.5 0 - - 1 1 1 3 0
2007 Houston Texans 16 43 16 59 14.0 0 - - 0 2 1 1 0
2008 Houston Texans 16 44 9 53 12.0 0 - - 0 4 0 0 0
2009 Houston Texans 16 38 5 43 9.0 0 - - 0 2 1 3 0
2010 Houston Texans 13 22 6 28 8.5 0 - - 0 1 0 2 0
2011 Houston Texans 5 10 1 11 5.0 0 - - 0 1 0 1 0
2012 Buffalo Bills 16 37 9 46 10.5 0 - - 0 2 2 4 0
2013 Buffalo Bills 16 28 10 38 13.0 0 - - 0 1 0 4 0
Total 114 257 68 325 76.5 0 - - 1 14 5 18 0

Personal life

In 2012, Williams debuted a honey-toasted oats breakfast cereal called "MariO's", and the proceeds from the sales are intended to be donated to a Buffalo charity supporting children with cancer and their families.[12]

In 2011, Williams donated five Chevrolet Camaros to the Houston Police Department, and in 2013 he made another donation of five Dodge Chargers.[13]

In 2010, Williams - an avid boater, commissioned a one-of-a-kind custom wrap on his MasterCraft X80 boat. Williams, Josh Sirlin and MasterCraft Boat Company worked out the details of the boat design through a series of sketches and then a life-size canvas painting.[14]

Williams is residing in Orchard Park, New York, where he bought a 9,389-square-foot (872.3 m2) home for $2 million in 2012.[15]

See also


  1. ^ Evans, Thayer (2007-12-30). "TA Top Overall Draft Choice Picks Up Speed". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  2. ^ Rieken, Kristie (2007-12-21). "Drafted to slow Peyton Manning, Texans' Mario Williams hasn't yet".  
  3. ^ a b McClain, John (2007-12-25). "Not sold on Mario? Let's look at the facts".  
  4. ^ Ryans makes Pro Bowl roster; Williams, Brown and Demps alternates. December 18, 2007.
  5. ^ "Houston Texans' Mario Williams placed on injured reserve - ESPN". 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  6. ^ "Mario Williams' Injury and What It Means To The Hoston Texans". Bleacher Report. 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  7. ^ "This website is currently unavailable". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  8. ^ "Houston Texans Career Defense Register". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Bills, Mario Williams agree to deal". 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  10. ^ {name} (2012-05-22). "Buffalo Bills' photo "Photo: #Mario94" on WhoSay". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  11. ^ "Buffalo Bills Team Statistics". Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  12. ^ "Mario Williams' 'MariO's' cereal named after Bills' defensive end". Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  13. ^ "Former Texans player Mario Williams donates 5 Dodge Chargers to Houston Police Department".  
  14. ^ "NFL Star Mario Williams' Custom MasterCraft".  
  15. ^ "Mario Williams $2M Home; Across from Jim Kelly's Place". Retrieved 2013-11-15. 

External links

  • Career Statistics at
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