Ex-SU and NFL wide receiver Mike Williams dies after accident

Ex-SU and NFL wide receiver dies after accident

The former All Big East second-team player ranks among the top receivers in school history.

Mike Williams #1 of the Syracuse Orange celebrates a first down during the game against the South Florida Bulls at the Carrier Dome on October 3, 2009 in Syracuse, New York.
Former Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams (1), shown here in a 2009 game against the South Florida Bulls, died on Tuesday.

Former Syracuse University football player Mike Williams died Tuesday, two weeks after he sustained injuries in a construction accident.

Williams’ agent confirmed the death of the New York native at the age of 36. The ex-NFL wide receiver was left partially paralyzed as a result of the accident and was taken off life support by his loved ones, as reported by The Tampa Bay Times.

During his time with Syracuse from 2006-2009, Williams set receiving records and established himself among the all-time Orange greats. Williams is top 10 in career receiving yards and receptions; he is also tied for second place in receiving touchdowns. His 2007 season saw him get named to the All Big East second-team.

SU athletic director John Wildhack extended his sympathies on SU’s part to William’s family and loved ones.

“We’re saddened to learn of the tragic passing of former Syracuse student-athlete Mike Williams,” Wildhack said in a statement.

After his time in Syracuse, Williams was drafted in the fourth round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010. As a rookie, he was named to the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie Team and was a finalist for both AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and the NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Year.

Williams went on to play for his hometown Buffalo Bills as well, before a short time with the Kansas City Chiefs. He finished his professional career with over 200 receptions and 3,000 receiving yards, for 26 touchdowns.

Receiver Mike Williams (1) catches his second touchdown pass as USF Defender Jerome Murphy (3) tackles him. Williams caught 13 passes for 186 yards. © 2009 Mitchell Franz /
Receiver Mike Williams (1) caught 13 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns in SU’s 2009 game vs. South Florida.