Kyle Williams (defensive tackle)

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Kyle Williams
No. 95     Buffalo Bills
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1983-06-10) June 10, 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth: Ruston, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 303 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school: Ruston (LA)
College: Louisiana State
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 5 / Pick: 134
Debuted in 2006 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2014
Tackles 416
Quarterback sacks 29.5
Interceptions 1
Forced fumbles 3
Stats at NFL.com

Kyle Derrick Williams (born June 10, 1983) is an American football defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU). He was drafted by the Bills in the fifth round (134th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He has been elected to three Pro Bowls during his career.

High school career[edit]

Williams attended Ruston High School in Ruston, Louisiana. Williams was considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. He picked LSU over Auburn, Nebraska, Florida and Tennessee.

College career[edit]

Williams attended Louisiana State University, and played for the LSU Tigers football team from 2002 to 2005. He played in 46 games for the Tigers, starting 33 at defensive tackle. He finished his career with 16.5 quarterback sacks, 26 tackles for a loss, and 140 total tackles. Williams best season came as a senior, where he recorded 61 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks. He was named first-team All-American by Rivals.com and second-team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation, and Collegefootballnews.com.

Professional career[edit]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Despite a successful college career, Williams was not considered to be a high draft choice. His lack of height, bulk, and athleticism was a major concern for most teams. Williams was drafted in the fifth round, 134th Overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2006 NFL Draft. He became a starter in his rookie season, starting 11 games while recording 53 tackles. On July 3, 2008, he signed a 3-year contract extension with the Bills worth $14.5 million including $5.7 million guaranteed. It will keep Williams in Buffalo through the 2012 season.[1]

After the 2009 season, Williams was added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster as an alternate. He played as a rotational player. He played nose tackle when the Buffalo Bills were in a 3-4 defense for the next three seasons.

After the 2010 season, Williams was added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster, after Oakland's Richard Seymour suffered a hamstring injury. Williams was widely praised for his high quality of play. Pro Football Focus, a website which grades every play by every player on a positive or negative scale and aggregates the results, named Williams the top defensive player of 2010.[2]

Before the 2011 season, Williams and the Bills agreed to 6 year, $39 million contract extension, which includes $17 million guaranteed.[3] After a Week Nine loss to the Jets, Williams was placed on the Injured Reserve list because of a lingering foot injury.[4]

Before the 2012 season, Williams now plays defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense after playing 3 seasons at nose tackle.

Awards and honors[edit]

Personal[edit]

In May 2005, Williams married the former Jill Meyers, whom he met at LSU. They have four kids together. During a Star 102.5 radio segment called, "The Better Half of the Bills," on December 18, 2012, Kyle's wife Jill admitted that her biggest pet peeve regarding her husband is his reluctance to clean his beard trimmings out of the sink after shaving. Consequently, this has led to his banishment into his children's bathroom to shave. [5][6]

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