Spectrum News 1 in Buffalo says that Williams died after getting hurt in an accident at a building site.
He had turned 36.
Latrina Moore set up a GoFundMe page saying that a steel beam hit Williams in the head at work on September 1.
Former Bucs player Gerald McCoy wrote on X, formerly Twitter, “Damn man, it hurts my heart to hear about my brother Mike Williams, who was drafted by the Buccaneers in 2010.”
“He always had a lot of energy and made everyone laugh and smile in the locker room. He was a great player!” Blessings and prayers to his family!”
The guy from Buffalo was a star at Syracuse for three years before the Buccaneers picked him with the 104th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
After serving for three years in the
Orange, he put up good numbers. He finished ninth in career catches (133), eighth in receiving yards (2,044), and tied for second in receiving touchdowns (20).
He played for the Bucs for four years until he was moved to his hometown team, the Buffalo Bills. His last regular season game was in 2014, when he played for the Bills.
Williams had a great rookie year in 2010. He caught passes for 964 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He ended second for Rookie of the Year, behind Sam Bradford of the Rams.
Williams played in a total of 63 NFL games, starting 52 of them. He caught 223 passes for 3,089 yards and 26 scores.