I started gathering my notes Thursday to write the final Bills game preview article of the season, but something changed Friday before I could type more than a sentence or two.
Kyle Williams announced Sunday will be the final game of his career.
What else is there to talk about?
I'll do a quick three and out of what I was going to talk about:
- First time Josh Allen facing a team a second time. How does he take information from Dolphins game earlier this month and apply it/adjust Sunday.
- What does LeSean McCoy's snap count look like? Is he around even with rookie Keith Ford again or does Shady return to the usual workload?
- Bills defense likely can't catch Baltimore for best in NFL in yards allowed per game, but finishing strong and locking up 2nd is point of pride for that side of the ball.
There you go. Now let's get back to truly the only story to talk about.
Sunday will be the 183rd career game Kyle Williams has played in his career, all with the Buffalo Bills. Last year we saw Williams soaking things in as he walked off New Era Field with his future uncertain. I could tell it was emotional then.
I can only imagine what it will be like now with the decision made to call it quits.
Williams didn't want to make his retirement a big ordeal. Friday one of his first remarks about retiring was, "I would have preferred to leave out the back door just like I came in." But he understands what this means to the fans because they know how much they mean to him, as he said following a December game last season.
Kyle can still play. Sean McDermott has said it. Williams himself acknowledges it. He has five Pro Bowls to his name and as a first alternate this year, could easily add a sixth before his time is officially done. But priorities have shifted from football to family.
And it is easier for Williams to retire because of what happened last season, ending the 17-year playoff drought.
So what should we expect from Kyle Williams Sunday?
This would be cool...
But a win is what Kyle himself wants most, to walk off the field in victory as the only fan base he has known professionally gives him the final curtain call.