Former NFL player Mike Williams passed away this Tuesday (12) as a result of complications from a work accident. The information was confirmed by Hadley Engelhard, the former athlete’s manager.
Mike Williams was involved in an accident while working at a construction site in Hillsborough County, Florida. A metal beam hit the former player in the head. Initially, Williams had no complications. The impact, however, opened a wound, which ended up causing a widespread infection.
“He will be missed. He fought hard throughout his life. Prayers to his family,” Engelhard said.
The ‘GoFundMe’ page set up by Williams’ family described the head injury as “massive” and said there was “swelling to the brain and swelling to the spinal cord that was severed.”
Selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2010 Draft, Williams finished his rookie season as the second most voted for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. The former wide receiver played in the NFL until 2014, playing four seasons for the Buccaneers and one for the Buffalo Bills. In 52 games played, Williams accumulated 223 receptions for a total of 3,089 yards and 26 touchdowns.
The Buccaneers shared their condolences. “We are saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Mike Williams, which leaves our organization, his former teammates and fans with a heavy heart. We send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones as they mourn this tragedy,” the Buccaneers said on social media.