NFL Mike Williams, ex-NFL wide receiver, 'fighting for his life' following work accident: report

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 19: Wide receiver Mike Williams #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers carries the ball during a NFL game against the Detroit Lions on December 19, 2010 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael DeHoog/Sports Imagery

Mike Williams, a former NFL wide receiver who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills during his career, reportedly remained in the hospital following an accident at a construction site.

Williams, 36, was described as "fighting for his life" in a Florida-area hospital, according to Spectrum News 1 in Buffalo, citing the player’s agent Hadley Engelhard. WGRZ-TV reported Williams was on life support. Both outlets initially reported the player had died on Tuesday night.

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Reps for Williams did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

A GoFundMe linked to Williams’ father said the player had a "major accident" at work last Friday. The page said a steel beam "fell on his head causing a massive head injury" and that there was swelling on his brain and swelling on his spinal cord that was ruptured." The injuries resulted in Williams being paralyzed in his right arm and his body from the waist down.


TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 29: Wide receiver Mike Williams #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up for play against the Washington Redskins August 29, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Williams passed out and "never regained consciousness," according to the GoFundMe. He was placed into a coma on Sunday.

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Williams, a Buffalo native, attended Syracuse University, and as a true freshman in 2006, he led the team with 461 receiving yards. He was an all-Big East selection the following season, but was suspended for the 2008 season for academic reasons.

In seven games in 2009, he caught 49 balls for 746 yards and seven touchdowns but quit the team due to a possible suspension after he violated team rules following a car accident.

Nonetheless, he was still a fourth-round selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2010 NFL Draft, and he impressed quickly.

In his rookie season, he led the team with 964 receiving yards, and his 65 receptions were one shy of tying the team lead. He also scored 11 times, the most on the team, and his impressive campaign was good for a second-place honor for Offensive Rookie of the Year behind St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

The Bucs signed him to an extension worth close to $40 million before the 2013 campaign, but he played in just six games that year and was then traded to his hometown Buffalo Bills, where he spent one season.

In 2015, Williams was supposed to be suspended for the first six games of the season, but he remained a free agent throughout the year.

He was on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad in 2016.

Williams' 20 touchdowns at Syracuse are tied for the second-most in school history, along with Pro Football Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison.

In his professional career, he totaled 223 receptions for 3,089 yards and 26 touchdowns.

EDITOR'S NOTE: FOX News initially reported that Mike Williams had passed away based on intial reports and have updated the story to reflect that he is on life-support.