Mario Williams

Mario Jerrel Williams (born January 31, 1985) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He played college football for North Carolina State University, and was selected first overall by the Houston Texans in the 2006 NFL Draft. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, he has also played for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.

Mario Williams
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Williams in 2006
Free agent
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:January 31, 1985 (age 34)
Richlands, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:Richlands (NC)
College:North Carolina State
NFL Draft:2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:399
Forced fumbles:16
Fumble recoveries:5
Pass deflections:21
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Early years

Williams attended Richlands High School in Richlands, North Carolina, where he was a two-sport star in football and track. He recorded 87 tackles, 13 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and five blocked kicks as a senior. Also played running back as a senior because of injuries at that position, rushing for 590 yards and three touchdowns on 58 carries. As a junior, he recorded over 100 tackles. He was selected to the 2002 North Carolina Shrine Bowl team where he notched four sacks. He was an Associated Press (AP) All-State selection in 2002. He was just one of three North Carolina High School players to be named to FoxSN's 2002 Countdown to Signing Day All-South team. His high school number (82) was retired. Williams also competed in track & field, and was a state qualifier in the shot put (top-throw of 52-5 or 16.05m).[1]

He was ranked No. 8 in SuperPrep's Elite 50 overall. He was considered the fifth-best defensive end in the country by, while ranked him ninth.

College career

Williams attended North Carolina State University, where he played for the NC State Wolfpack football team from 2003 to 2005. In only three seasons on the team he set the school’s all-time sack record, a record which stood until 2017 when it was broken by Bradley Chubb, a player in his fourth season with the team.

Professional career

2006 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 7 in
(2.01 m)
295 lb
(134 kg)
4.66 s 1.59 s 2.75 s 4.36 s 7.19 s 40.5 in
(1.03 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
35 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Houston Texans

Despite draft analysts predicting that the Houston Texans would pick Reggie Bush with the first overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, they instead selected Williams and signed him to a six-year, $54 million contract.[2]

On October 1, 2006, Williams recorded his first sack and a half against Miami Dolphins' quarterback Daunte Culpepper in the Texans' first win of the season (score 17-15). Three weeks later, Williams sacked Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich and recovered a fumble in the Texans' 27-7 upset. In the 2006 season, Williams started all 16 games with 47 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.

Early in the 2007 season, Williams played well, with an outstanding performance in the first game. Williams made five tackles, two sacks, and returned a fumble by Kansas City Chiefs fullback Kris Wilson for a touchdown. He had particularly big games against the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans, sacking quarterback Jay Cutler 3.5 times and quarterback Vince Young 2.5 times in one game each. His first sack of 2007 was of Peyton Manning.[3] Before the game, Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy compared Williams to Colts Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney.[4] Williams finished the 2007 season by starting all 16 games with 59 total tackles and 14 sacks.

The 2007 season was a year that Williams answered many of the critics that he gained because of his lofty top draft pick status.[5] In 2007, through 15 games, Williams accounted for 48 percent of the Texans' sacks, a higher percentage than any other player.[5] Williams was a first-team All-Pro selection by the Sporting News. Williams was not elected to the Pro Bowl game, but was voted an alternate to the game.[6]

In 2008, Williams amassed 12 sacks and 53 tackles in 16 games (all starts). This effort included three sacks and one forced fumble in the Texans' first ever Monday Night Football game on December 1, 2008. For his efforts, Williams was selected for his first Pro Bowl as a starter and was a first-team All-Pro selection by the Sporting News for the second consecutive season. Williams was again selected to the Pro Bowl after the 2009 season.

On December 15, 2010, the Texans announced they were placing Williams on injured reserve for the remainder of the season with an inflamed hernia.[7] Williams had been struggling since September with injuries, though he still ranked in the top third in the NFL in sacks with 8.5 through 13 games.[8]

In 2011, Williams transitioned to outside linebacker. During Week 5 against the Oakland Raiders, Williams suffered a torn pectoral muscle while sacking Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell for his team-leading fifth sack. On October 12, the Texans placed Williams on injured reserve for the second consecutive year, ending his season.[9] Williams's contract ended in 2011 and he became a free agent, able to sign with any other football team.

Texans franchise records


  • Second most career sacks (53), surpassed on December 21, 2014 by J. J. Watt.
  • Second most career forced fumbles (11), surpassed by J. J. Watt on November 30, 2014.

Buffalo Bills

On March 15, 2012, after two days of negotiation with the Buffalo Bills, Williams signed a six-year contract worth up to $100 million ($49.5 million guaranteed), which made it the most lucrative contract for a defensive player in NFL history at the time.[11] On May 22, 2012, it was announced that Williams would be wearing number #94 while with the Bills. The #90 that he wore with the Texans was worn by veteran defensive end Chris Kelsay in Buffalo.[12]

Williams started all 16 games in 2012, making 46 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. He had a season-high 3 sacks against the Colts on November 25, 2012. During the season, Williams was often bothered by a wrist injury which supposedly affected his play.[13]

On September 15, 2013, Williams had 4.5 sacks in a winning effort against the Carolina Panthers, which broke the Bills franchise record for the most sacks in a game. He finished the 2013 season with 38 tackles, a forced fumble, 4 passes defended, and 13 sacks in 16 starts. He finished the 2014 season with 42 total tackles (36 solo, 6 assisted), and 14.5 sacks. On January 2, 2015, he was named to the 2014 AP All-Pro First-Team, as well as the 2015 Pro Bowl.

The Bills hired Rex Ryan as their head coach the next season, and Williams was outspoken in his disdain for the scheme Ryan installed, mainly complaining about how he did not want to drop back into coverage. His effort noticeably declined, and he registered only 5.0 sacks.

On March 1, 2016, Williams was released by the Bills.[14]

Miami Dolphins

On March 8, 2016, the Miami Dolphins signed Williams to a two-year, $17 million contract with $11.98 million guaranteed and a $4 million signing bonus.[15][16]

On February 16, 2017, after only one season with the team where he recorded just 1.5 sacks, Williams was released by the Dolphins.[17]

Professional statistics

Season Team Tackles Other
GP Solo Ast Total Sck DefTD FFum FRec PD
2006 Houston Texans 16 35 12 47 4.5 1 1 1 3
2007 Houston Texans 16 43 16 59 14.0 0 2 1 1
2008 Houston Texans 16 44 9 53 12.0 0 4 0 0
2009 Houston Texans 16 38 5 43 9.0 0 2 1 3
2010 Houston Texans 13 22 6 28 8.5 0 1 0 2
2011 Houston Texans 5 10 1 11 5.0 0 1 0 1
2012 Buffalo Bills 16 37 9 46 10.5 0 2 2 4
2013 Buffalo Bills 16 28 10 38 13.0 0 1 0 4
2014 Buffalo Bills 16 36 6 42 14.5 0 2 0 2
2015 Buffalo Bills 15 15 4 19 5.0 0 0 0 0
2016 Miami Dolphins 13 9 4 13 1.5 0 0 0 1
Total 158 317 82 399 97.5 1 16 5 22

Personal life

In 2010, Williams, an avid boater, commissioned a one-of-a-kind custom wrap on his MasterCraft X80 boat. Williams, Josh Sirlin and MasterCraft Boat Company worked out the details of the boat design through a series of sketches and then a life-size canvas painting.[18] In 2011, Williams donated five Chevrolet Camaros to the Houston Police Department, and in 2013, he made another donation of five Dodge Chargers.[19] In 2012, Williams debuted a honey-toasted oats breakfast cereal called "MariO's", and the proceeds from the sales are intended to be donated to a Buffalo charity supporting children with cancer and their families.[20]

Williams resides in Orchard Park, New York, where he bought a 9,389-square-foot (872.3 m2) home for $2 million in 2012.[21]

See also


  1. ^ "Mario Williams | NC State | Texans DE". Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "Who's No. 1? Texans, Williams sign contract". April 29, 2006. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  3. ^ Evans, Thayer (December 30, 2007). "A Top Overall Draft Choice Picks Up Speed". The New York Times. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  4. ^ Rieken, Kristie (December 21, 2007). "Drafted to slow Peyton Manning, Texans' Mario Williams hasn't yet". USA Today. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  5. ^ a b McClain, John (December 25, 2007). "Not sold on Mario? Let's look at the facts". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 2, 2008.
  6. ^ "Ryans makes Pro Bowl roster; Williams, Brown and Demps alternates". Associated Press. December 18, 2007.
  7. ^ "Mario Williams placed on IR". Associated Press. December 15, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  8. ^ "Mario Williams's Injury and What It Means To The Houston Texans". Bleacher Report. December 16, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  9. ^ "Mario Williams Out For Year". October 10, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  10. ^ "Houston Texans Career Defense Register". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  11. ^ "Bills, Mario Williams agree to deal". March 15, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  12. ^ {name} (May 22, 2012). "Buffalo Bills' photo "Photo: #Mario94" on WhoSay". Archived from the original on May 30, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  13. ^ "Buffalo Bills Team Statistics". Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  14. ^ Rodak, Mike (March 1, 2016). "Bills release DE Mario Williams, assign tag to OT Cordy Glenn". Retrieved March 1, 2016.
  15. ^ " Mario Williams contracts". Sportrac. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  16. ^ Patra, Kevin (March 8, 2016). "Mario Williams agrees to two-year deal with Dolphins". Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  17. ^ "Dolphins Make Roster Moves". February 16, 2017.
  18. ^ "NFL Star Mario Williams's Custom MasterCraft". Wakeboarding Magazine. April 5, 2010. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
  19. ^ "Former Texans player Mario Williams donates 5 Dodge Chargers to Houston Police Department". KTRK-TV. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  20. ^ "Mario Williams's 'MariO's' cereal named after Bills' defensive end". Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  21. ^ "Mario Williams $2M Home; Across from Jim Kelly's Place". Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved November 15, 2013.

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2006 Houston Texans season

The 2006 Houston Texans season was the franchise's 5th season in the National Football League and the 1st under head coach Gary Kubiak. The team improved on their 2–14 record in 2005. and finished 6-10, a four-game improvement over their previous season.

2007 All-Pro Team

The 2007 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association and Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 2007. Both first and second teams are listed for the Associated Press.

These are the current teams that historically appear in Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the NFL. Although the NFL has no official awards according to the NFL spokesman Greg Aiello the NFL Record and Fact Book has historically listed All-Pro teams from major news sources such as the Associated Press, Sporting News, Pro Football Writers Association, as well as teams from organizations that no longer release All-Pro teams such as Newspaper Enterprise Association and United Press International.

The AP teams are selected by a national panel of 50 NFL writers. The Pro Football Writers Association team is from a poll of its more than 300 members and the editors and writers for Pro Football Weekly. The Sporting News's All-Pro team was determined through voting by professional NFL personnel directors.

2009 Pro Bowl

The 2009 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2008 season. It was played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 8, 2009. This was the most recent year that the game was held after the Super Bowl. The NFC defeated the AFC, 30–21.The AFC was coached by Baltimore's John Harbaugh, while the NFC's coach was Philadelphia's Andy Reid.

2012 Buffalo Bills season

The 2012 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise's 43rd season in the National Football League, the 53rd overall and the third under head coach Chan Gailey. The team had hoped to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999, but failed and continue to own the NFL's longest playoff drought.

2012 was the final year on the Bills' current lease with Ralph Wilson Stadium as well as the final year on the current Bills Toronto Series agreement. The league had approved an additional five-year extension of the Toronto series, extending through 2017, on the condition that the Bills and Rogers Communications come to an agreement extending the series, a condition that both sides have indicated willingness to do. The Bills and the league are demanding significant and expensive renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium as a condition of renewing the stadium lease. The Buffalo News reported renovations could top 200 million dollars. The Bills and Erie County (the owners of Ralph Wilson Stadium) missed the deadline for a long-term agreement in September 2012. However, on December 21, the Bills agreed with Erie County to a 10-year lease on Ralph Wilson Stadium, extending it through for at least another 7 years.

2013 All-Pro Team

The 2013 All-Pro Teams were named by the Associated Press (AP) the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), and the Sporting News (SN) for performance in the 2013 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2014 Pro Bowl), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Any player selected to any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro". The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers. The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and was released January 28, 2014. The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.

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Bangalore Warhawks

The Bangalore Warhawks are a professional American football team based in Bangalore, India. The Warhawks are one of the first eight franchises of the Elite Football League of India (EFLI) and compete in its inaugural season in 2012 as a member of the West Division, where they finished as semi-finalists.

The team was originally slated to play in Bhubaneshwar, but officials have since moved the franchise. The team is owned by Buffalo Bills player Mario Williams.

Bills–Dolphins rivalry

The Bills–Dolphins rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. The teams, who are members of the American Football Conference East Division, play two games against one another per season. In the 106 regular season games between the teams in the series, the Dolphins lead 60–45–1 as of 2018. The teams have also met four times in the NFL playoffs. The Bills are 3–1 in the postseason, including a victory in the 1992 AFC Championship Game.

Charley Casserly

Charley Casserly (born c. 1949) is an American football sportscaster and former executive. Casserly was the general manager of the National Football League's Washington Redskins from 1989 to 1999. He served as Senior Vice President & General Manager, Football Operations, for the Houston Texans from 2000 to 2006. He currently works for NFL Network.

Clarkston, Georgia

Clarkston is a city in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The population was 12,742 as of 2016. The Clarkston Campus of Georgia State University's Perimeter College is just south of the city limits.

The city is noted for its ethnic diversity, and is often referred to as "the most diverse square mile in America" and "the Ellis Island of the South." In the 1990s, refugee resettlement programs identified Clarkston as a good fit for displaced persons of many backgrounds. The rental market was open, residents were moving farther out from the Atlanta urban core, and Clarkston was the last stop on a transit line into the city. By the 2000s the local high school had students from more than 50 countries; a local mosque had 800 worshipers; and by some estimates, half the population was from outside the U.S.

History of the Houston Texans

The Houston Texans are a member of the National Football League.

List of Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl selections

This is a list of Buffalo Bills players who were elected to the Pro Bowl.

The year indicates when the game was played, not the season that it followed.

List of Houston Texans Pro Bowl selections

Every late January–early February since 1950, the National Football League (NFL) hosts the Pro Bowl, its all-star game. Players are selected by the votes of coaches, other players, and fans. As of 2013, the Houston Texans have sent 20 different players to the Pro Bowl since their establishment in 2002 for a total of 37 appearances; Andre Johnson has been invited seven times (although he did not play the fifth time due to an ankle injury), Arian Foster has been invited three times, while Mario Williams, Owen Daniels, Matt Schaub, DeMeco Ryans, Johnathan Joseph, Chris Myers, J. J. Watt, Duane Brown, and Antonio Smith have all been invited twice. Jerome Mathis, Vonta Leach, Gary Walker, Aaron Glenn, Brian Cushing, Wade Smith, Bryan Braman, James Casey, and Danieal Manning have all been selected once, although Cushing decided to skip the Pro Bowl due to various injuries he sustained during the 2009 NFL season.The first Pro Bowl selections from the Houston Texans were during their inaugural year. These were two players acquired in the 2002 NFL Expansion Draft, Walker and Glenn. This was followed two years later by the selection of Johnson, the third-overall pick in the previous year's draft. Their first undrafted player to go to the Pro Bowl was Foster after the 2010 season. Foster has since been selected twice more. The 2013 Pro Bowl roster featured eight Texans, a team record, leading the AFC.

List of Houston Texans awards and honors

The following is a list of individual player awards and accomplishments for the Houston Texans franchise of the National Football League.

List of Houston Texans first-round draft picks

The Houston Texans joined the National Football League (NFL) in 2002. The Texans' first selection as an NFL team was David Carr, a quarterback from Fresno State. The team's most recent first-round selection was Deshaun Watson, a quarterback from Clemson.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting," which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

The Texans have selected number one overall thrice, David Carr in 2002, Mario Williams in 2006, and Jadeveon Clowney in 2014. The team never selected number two overall and number three overall once, Andre Johnson. No player selected by the Texans has been inaugurated into the NFL Hall Of Fame. The Houston Texans have only once drafted two or more times in the first round, which occurred in 2004.

NC State Wolfpack football

The NC State Wolfpack football team represents North Carolina State University in the sport of American football. The Wolfpack competes in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Prior to joining the ACC in 1953, the Wolfpack were a member of the Southern Conference. As a founding member of the ACC, the Wolfpack has won seven conference championships and participated in 31 bowl games, of which the team has won 17, including eight of their last eleven. NC State is currently coached by Dave Doeren.

Since 1966, the Wolfpack has played its home games at Carter–Finley Stadium. On September 16, 2010, NC State restored the tradition of having a live mascot on the field. A wolf-like Tamaskan Dog named

“Tuffy” was on the sidelines for the Cincinnati game that day in Raleigh and Tuffy has not missed a Wolfpack football game in Carter–Finley Stadium since That day.

NC State Wolfpack football statistical leaders

The NC State Wolfpack football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the NC State Wolfpack football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Wolfpack represent North Carolina State University in the NCAA's Atlantic Coast Conference.

Although NC State began competing in intercollegiate football in 1892, the school's official record book does not generally lists records from before the 1960s, as records from before this decade are often incomplete and inconsistent.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since the 1960s, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Wolfpack have played in 10 bowl games since this decision, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

Reggie Herring

Reginald Wayne Herring (born July 3, 1959) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the linebackers coach for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). A former linebacker at Florida State University, he began his coaching career in 1981. He has now coached for 36 years across college and the NFL. Herring arrived in Denver to coach linebackers in 2015 after previous stops in the league with Chicago (2014), Houston (2002-03, ’11-13) and Dallas (2008-10). Herring has coached nine linebackers who have made Pro Bowl appearances during their careers, including outside linebackers DeMarcus Ware (9), Mario Williams (4), and Connor Barwin (1), and inside linebackers Zach Thomas (7), Keith Brooking (5), Lance Briggs (7), Brian Cushing (1), Sean Lee (2) and DeMeco Ryans (2). Herring also served as the interim head football coach for the University of Arkansas in the 2008 Cotton Bowl Classic.

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