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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Mike Williams

(Born January 11, 1980) -- This is not the Mike Williams who grew up in Buffalo and achieved success in the National Football League. This is the Mike Williams who represents a huge disappointment for the Bills and their fans.

Williams was born in Dallas and played high school football there. It was a natural step for the big offensive lineman to move on to the University of Texas. There he was the right tackle for quarterback Chris Simms, the son of Phil and a left-hander. Since he was used to protecting a passer’s blind side, NFL scouts thought he’d be a great fit as a left tackle for most teams.

The Bills certainly thought so. They had the fourth pick in the first round of the 2002 draft, and saw Williams as the type of player who could fill a spot on the line with All-Pro play for more than a decade.

Williams had his chances. He started at both tackle sports for a while, but eventually lost the left tackle job to free agent Jason Peters, who became an All-Pro. The Bills tried him at guard and even used him once in a while on the defensive line, but eventually gave up on him and released the 330-pounder in 2006.

Williams was picked up by Jacksonville, but was gone by the end of 2006. After two years off, Willliams was signed by Washington despite weighing about 400 pounds. He started for the Redskins at guard at 2009 but developed blood clots and eventually was released.

-- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.