Saying Goodbye to Kyle Williams With a Bills Victory
A meaningless game at the end of the season with nothing on the line between a couple of teams with losing records. Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins was all about preparing for next year. And it was about saying goodbye to Kyle Williams who has played more games at nose tackle than any player in Buffalo Bills history.
Coach Sean McDermott was asked if Kyle Williams deserved a spot on the Bills' Wall of Fame and he said if it was up to him - a resounding yes. I think every fan in the stadium would agree. And after the game he went around the perimeter of the field to thank the fans personally and try to shake as many hands as he could.
For Kyle, it was never about him. It was about team and he admitted after the game all the fuss this week was a little outside his comfort level. But the fuss was something he deserved for all his years of service not only to the team but to the community as well. The Bills wanted to make it a special day and Kyle admitted when he saw his family on the field to greet him as he walked out of the tunnel to be introduced - he lost it.
The Bills also made it special by coming together for a resounding 42-17 win over the Dolphins. It was a big day for Josh Allen; rushing for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns and throwing for three, two of them going to Zay Jones. Robert Foster had the other. Allen finished 17 of 26 passing and one of those completions was to Kyle Williams for a 9-yard gain.
And to allow the fans to cheer Kyle one last time, coach McDermott elected to have Josh Allen kneel on two consecutive plays just to give the ball back to Miami so that Kyle could play a down, then come to the sidelines.
Here are the records Kyle Williams finishes with:
- Career sacks by a defensive tackle with 48.5
- 182 career games - most by a defensive tackle
- 13 seasons - tied for fourth most by a Bill
- 605 tackles since entering the NFL - most among active defensive tackles
- 5 Pro Bowl selections
- Pro Bowl alternate in 2018
Not a bad career for a fifth-round draft pick.
With their third-place finish in the AFC East the Bills 2019 opponents have been determined. In addition to playing home and road games against their divisional opponents in the AFC East (Miami, New England, and the N.Y. Jets), the Bills will host Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Philadelphia, and Washington. The Bills will play road games at Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Dallas, the N.Y. Giants and Tennessee.