Even though they are football players in the National Football League, players still go to their homes, their families and have lives. They have hobbies just like the rest of us, and Buffalo Bills running back, Antonio Williams is an avid NASCAR fan.

In fact, he not only will be the grand marshal (along with Derek Carr and Joe Ingles) in the upcoming race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but that is not all. Williams has invested in NASCAR and a team.

Antonio has become good friends with Xfinity Series driver Joe Graf Jr. Williams and even invested in the SS Green Light Racing team prior to the season. We have seen more and more other athletes and celebrities invest and have interest in NASCAR recently, such as Michael Jordan and Pitbull.

He posted a video of how he became so invested with NASCAR and the story brings up the Buffalo Bills. Williams talked about losing his job with the Bills in August, only a day that he learned that he grandpa passed away. His grandpa was a major NASCAR fan and influenced him to get involved:

With the platform I have from the NFL, I knew I had a shot of getting something done I probably couldn’t have done before. I wanted to continue his push and love for NASCAR by finding a way to join the sport, and that led to this connection with Joe. That’s what started all this — the continuation of my grandfather’s legacy, the start of a great friendship and partnership and the growth of hunger to get back in Buffalo and get on the field", Williams says in the video he posted below.

How Buffalo New York Got Its Name

The 100 Best Places to Live on the East Coast

7 Buffalo Natives Who Became Stars In The NFL

12 Secrets You Know If You're From Buffalo

More From 106.5 WYRK