Despite Buffalo Bills fans, teammates, and beyond wishing and hoping Kyle Williams might reconsider retirement, the defensive tackle reiterated on Wednesday that this weekend’s Pro Bowl would be his final NFL game.
Speaking with ESPN’s Michael DiRocco from Orlando, FL, where Pro Bowl practices began today, Williams explained that the sendoff from Bills fans, coaches, and ownership was one of a kind and it wouldn’t be fair to come back, even if he wanted to.
“No. I make a decision, I’ve got to go with it, especially the way things went down, the way [the] organization treated me, the way the fans showed up to support me,” said Williams, via Mike Rodak. “You couldn’t dream about coming back and trying to replicate that. That was such a great day. It’s something I’ll remember forever.”
The Bills put on a full display in their final game after Williams announced his retirement. His family was there to meet him at midfield (without him knowing ahead of time) after he was announced last prior to the game’s start. He got in on two offensive plays as a fullback; one where Josh Allen snuck the ball in for a touchdown and one where Allen found him in the flat for his first NFL catch. Then in the waning seconds of the game, head coach Sean McDermott called a timeout to sub out Williams, a move typically used in baseball and basketball as a curtain call, but rarely utilized in the NFL. After the game, Williams circled the field, shaking hands with fans (and co-owner Terry Pegula) who came down to say goodbye to the longtime Bill.
It was a truly special day, and Williams wouldn’t want to sour the memory by coming back. He’s done and can ride off into the sunset after this weekend’s Pro Bowl.
The Pro Bowl begins at 3:00 p.m. Eastern this Sunday.