One of the finest men to ever wear the Bills uniform played his final game

Kyle Williams is what Buffalo is all about

Paul Hamilton
December 30, 2018 - 5:48 pm

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Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - What an emotional day on Sunday as the fans of Buffalo gave Kyle Williams a great send off. Williams gave Buffalo everything he had for 13 years and he richly deserved the emotional day he received.

Williams announced his retirement this week and he was looking forward to one last chance to perform in front of the Buffalo fans, and perform he did.

When the Bills had a 1st-and-goal from the Miami one-yard line, Williams came into the offensive huddle. Josh Allen didn’t hand the ball off to him, but instead scored on a quarterback sneak. What Allen did do was hand the ball to Williams so he could spike it.

Williams’ day on offense wasn’t over. In the fourth quarter, he came in and caught a swing pass from Allen gaining nine yards. You can look at the photo from this article to see how that was received by his teammates.

The five-time Pro Bowler had three tackles on the day with one going for a loss.

My first memory of Kyle Williams was in training camp of 2006. The defensive tackle was drafted in the fifth round, but I could see right away he was something special. How did I know? On the first rep he got in camp, he ran 30 yards down field to make a tackle. He did that every single play. He never stopped from 2006 to 2018 until there was a whistle.

Williams is what Buffalo is all about. He is loved in this town because he’s blue collar. Whether he was on the field, in the meeting room, in the weight room or in the community, this man never gave less than 100-percent. You always knew what you were getting from him in every single minute of every single day.

Guys like Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus probably had twice as much talent as Kyle Williams, but Kyle was, by far, the better football player because he never quit on the field and he never quit on a teammate. Mario Williams and Dareus could not even come close to saying that.

After the game, Williams said that he always wanted toughness, effort and passion in his career and that Buffalo is a city that always displays those traits.

The day started with Williams being the only player introduced to the crowd. He came out to a huge ovation and greeted his family at midfield. After that, his teammates welcomed him to his final game.

The only thing that could’ve made the day better is if Allen would’ve handed the ball off to Williams and he scored a touchdown.

One thing I can tell you, for sure, is Williams appreciated the effort from his teammates to allow him to go out with a 42-17 victory. Long after the final gun, Williams walked around the bowl of the stadium slapping hands with the fans. Those fans couldn't have been happier for one last chance to interact with the legend.

I realize that Miami mailed this game in, but I think it was a very good game for Allen to go into the offseason with. He was 17-of-26 for 224 yards and three touchdowns. He did have one blemish as his one interception came back for a touchdown.

Before Allen knelt down at the end of the game, he had seven carries for 97 yards and two scores. The last touchdown was a 30-yard run. I saw a lot of growth this season from Allen, and I’m interested to see how that applies when he shows up next July for training camp.

I was one of those people that couldn’t understand how Robert Foster made this team. He gave up on some routes in the preseason and had some drops, but Sean McDermott and his staff saw something worth developing.

Foster was cut during the season and put on the practice squad because McDermott didn’t like how he prepared. He came back against the New York Jets and started. In the final seven games, Foster had 25 catches for 511 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, the rookie out of Alabama averaged 20 yards per-catch. I didn’t think the Bills had any useful receivers for the future, but now I think Foster can be a key part of the puzzle. Foster is what development is all about.

As the curtain comes down on another season, I think about Kyle Williams and I wonder if we have really seen his final walk up the tunnel, and I would say no. Soon, his name will go up on the wall and he, himself, wouldn’t close the door on coaching. He may be done playing, but Kyle Williams will always be a Buffalo Bill.

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