Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams dies in construction accident

 September 6, 2023

Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams has died in a tragic construction accident. He was just 36.

The sad news was reported by Spectrum 1 News in Williams' native Buffalo.

Williams played one season with the Buffalo Bills and four with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NFL receiver dies

His distraught father, Wendell Muhammad, wrote that Williams was paralyzed by a large steel beam that fell on his head while he was working on a construction site on September 1.

Williams lost consciousness and developed severe breathing problems following the accident.

His father, who resides in Dallas, shared the details in a GoFundMe appeal to help pay for travel expenses while Williams was still alive. Williams was being treated at a hospital in Tampa.

Teammate reacts

Williams' former Bucs teammate Gerald McCoy paid tribute to Williams.

“Dang man hurts my heart seeing the news of my former teammate and Buccaneers 2010 draft class brother Mike Williams,” McCoy wrote.

“Always great energy brought joy and laughter to the locker room and a heck of a player!! Prayers and blessings to his family!!”

In another post, McCoy observed that four of his former teammates have died before the age of 40.

"Post football ain’t no joke man. Y’all be thinking we’re superheroes and we be tryna tell y’all we are humans just like everybody else," McCoy wrote. 

Star died too young...

Williams earned over $11 million during his career in professional football.

He ended his career with the Buffalo Bills in 2014, following four seasons with the Tampa Bay Bucs. He was drafted by the Bucs in the fourth round of the NFL draft in 2010, following a successful college career at Syracuse University.

Williams ended his NFL career with 223 receptions, 26 touchdowns and 3,089 receiving yards.


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