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A look at Mario Williams’ six seasons in Houston

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 15, 2012 – 3:03 pm

Mario Williams signed with the Buffalo Bills today after six seasons in Houston. One of the most heavily criticized No. 1 overall draft picks in NFL history – and possibly in the history of all professional sports – he left the Texans with a franchise-record 53 sacks in 82 games.

The top pick in the 2006 draft, Williams also was the first draft pick of the Gary Kubiak era in Houston. He started 77 consecutive games before landing on injured reserve with a sports hernia injury in the final month of the 2010 season. He missed the final 11 games of 2011 with a torn pectoral muscle.

Williams played through plantar fasciitis as a rookie, when he was routinely blasted by media and fans who had wanted the Texans to draft Reggie Bush or Vince Young. He had 4.5 sacks and 47 tackles in 2006 – solid numbers, but not No. 1 overall pick numbers.

The following season, Williams exploded with a team-record 14.0 sacks. He did not make the Pro Bowl, but he did in 2008 after recording 12.0 sacks and four forced fumbles.

“Super Mario” played through a painful shoulder injury in 2009 and started all 16 games, recording 9.0 sacks and making his second consecutive Pro Bowl. He had 8.5 sacks in 13 games in 2010. He moved from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker in 2011 and had 5.0 sacks in five games.

Whatever numbers Williams puts up from now on will be with the Bills, who play the Texans at Reliant Stadium in 2012.


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6 Responses to “A look at Mario Williams’ six seasons in Houston”

  1. By rob on Mar 15, 2012 | Reply

    frusstraded what is texans doin

  2. By Richard on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    Mario did well here, best wishes. Get a few hits on Brady.

  3. By Ramiro Hernandez on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    The best of wishes to Mario Williams, he will be missed by alot of fans

  4. By Ramiro Hernandez on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed time to step it up now boys we know you can make us proud just like you did this previous season

  5. By George T. on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    Mario Williams will not be missed, Houston Texans defense will rise once again without him and will continue to do so. What ever happen to loyality? It’s all about the freakin $$$$$$. Not too worry Mario, wait till you see the Houston Texans win there Super Bowl championship and you wished you should have stayed. hahahahahaha Enjoy your riches in Buffalo!

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