Buffalo Bills: Kyle Williams discusses his decision to retire

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The Buffalo Bills will be without Kyle Williams in 2019. He appeared on The Jim Rome Show to discuss why he walked away from the game.

It is not always possible for professional athletes to leave at the top of their game.

That is exactly what Buffalo Bills great Kyle Williams did by retiring following last Sunday’s 2018 season finale.

Williams is a Pro Bowl alternate and could easily be a key piece on the defense in 2019. But he has decided to leave the game after 13 years, and it is hard to blame him.

Williams appeared on The Jim Rome Show recently and spoke about his reasons for leaving. I was sent a clip of the show, which can be found here. For some reason, the embed code doesn’t work so follow the link to Vimeo.

Rome and Williams talk about the Bills great leaving the game while still playing at a high level, and also touch on the topic of Williams now being able to attend his kids’ sports games without having to watch on his phone.

That is the one point that stands out to me. It is easy to get caught up with athletes and forget that they also have families at home. And after 13 years of getting beat up in the NFL, after so many years of football before that, it is impossible to blame Williams for wanting to go home and be a normal dad. That is, a normal dad who gets a free meal anywhere he goes in Buffalo.

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Be sure to check out the link above to see what Williams had to say. I’m sure we will be hearing more from him throughout the year as he could stay with the team in some capacity. Just after he gets in a full summer of youth sports.