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Former NFL receiver Mike Williams dead at 36, days after construction accident

 September 13, 2023

Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams passed away on Tuesday at the age of 36, as confirmed by his agent, Hadley Engelhard, according to ESPN.

Details of Williams' Injury Emerge

Williams was receiving treatment at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida, after being critically injured in a construction site mishap in Hillsborough County.

The Tampa Bay Times reported, based on information from Tierney Lyle, mother of Williams' 8-year-old daughter Mya, that he was removed from his ventilator at the hospital last Thursday.

Engelhard said, "He will be missed. He fought hard his whole life. Prayers to his family."

Following the accident, Williams' father, Wendell Muhammad, took to GoFundMe to share details of his son's injuries, stating that a steel beam had struck Williams' head at work, resulting in a grave head injury.

Furthermore, he highlighted that there was swelling in Williams' brain and a ruptured spinal cord, as reported by People.

These injuries led to total paralysis in his right arm and below the waist.

Last week, Gerald McCoy, William's ex-teammate from Tampa Bay, responded to the news of his former colleague's misfortune.

McCoy stated, "Dang man hurts my heart seeing the news of my former teammate and Buccaneers 2010 draft class brother Mike Williams. Always great energy brought joy and laughter to the locker room and a heck of a player!! Prayers and blessings to his family!!"

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mourn the Loss of Williams

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Williams showcased his football talent at Syracuse University before making a name for himself in the NFL in 2010.

Drafted in the fourth round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Williams set records by securing 65 receptions for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns during his rookie season.

This notable performance saw him narrowly miss the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Expressing their condolences, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released a statement that read, "We are saddened to hear of the untimely death of Mike Williams, which has left our organization, his former teammates and fans with heavy hearts."

"We send our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones as they mourn this tragedy," concluded the statement.

Williams' Impressive NFL Legacy

Throughout his NFL career, Williams amassed 223 receptions, 3,089 yards, and 26 touchdowns in 63 games, including 52 as a starting player.

He played primarily for the Buccaneers and also had a stint with the Buffalo Bills in 2014.

Williams last made an appearance on an NFL roster in a brief period during the 2016 offseason with the Kansas City Chiefs.