In emotional letter to Bills' fans, former safety Aaron Williams announces his retirement

January 31, 2018

In an incredibly honest and emotional letter, former Buffalo Bills' safety Aaron Williams has officially announced his retirement from football.

Williams was released by the team last offseason.  He had spent the end of the 2016 campaign on injured reserve after suffering a neck injury in a game at Miami caused by a hit from Dolphins’s wide receiver Jarvis Landry in week seven.  It was the second time in two years Williams had landed on IR due to a neck injury.

The letter appeared Wednesday morning in The Players Tribune.

The 27-year old Williams began the letter by apologizing to Bills’ fans for a rocky first two years in Buffalo, blaming himself for not working hard enough or understanding what it took to be a pro, saying Bills’ fans deserved better.

He ended the letter by specifically thanking ownership, members of management, trainers, former teammates, and most of all “Bills Mafia,” as he put it, writing, “because I was born in California and raised in Texas. But Buffalo will always be the place where I grew up — where I became a man.”

Williams was drafted in the second round (34th overall) out of Texas in 2011.  He played 59 games in a Bills’ uniform, now officially the only NFL uniform he will ever wear, collecting 256 total tackles, seven interceptions, and forcing three forced fumbles.

Read the entire letter from Williams here:

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