ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Mike Williams is getting another shot at NFL stardom, trying to put his past behind him with his hometown team. The Bills introduced Williams today, after trading for the Riverside High School grad last week.
Ability has never been the problem for Williams, who had several off-the-field issues with Tampa Bay. Just last month, he spent time in the hospital after being stabbed in the leg. His brother is facing charges in the incident.
Williams passed his physical today, completing the trade. He says he will be ready for offseason workouts, which begin later this month.
As for the off-the-field distractions, Williams admitted today, he needs to grow up.
“Trouble found me somewhere where I didn’t think trouble was at,” said Williams. “It’s just how I adjust to it. I’m a person that’s always, ‘Fall down, get back up’.”
Williams also talked about quitting the team at Syracuse under then-SU head coach Doug Marrone. Much like Marrone said last week, both of them are leaving the past in the past.
“He said it to me the other day, if was in school, at college, he wouldn’t have picked up Mike Williams. But now that we don’t have school, that’s his first pick… I kind of understood where he was going with that… I actually talked to Marrone first, we talked on the phone. We got rid of the past, and we’re moving forward,” said Williams.