Ex-NFL star Mike Williams ‘is still ALIVE and remains on life support in hospital’ despite reports he died in a freak construction accident at the age of 36… and his family “assess options”
- It was reported Tuesday night that Mike Williams died in a freak accident.
- His family says he is still alive and remains on life support at a Tampa hospital.
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Former NFL star Mike Williams ‘is still alive and remains on life support in hospital’ following a freak accident at a construction site – despite reports from local media that he was died Tuesday evening.
News of the 36-year-old’s tragic death spread quickly after it was reported by local media in Buffalo, but it now appears to have been premature and the former wide receiver is still fighting for his life at the hospital in Tampa, Florida.
The mother of her eight-year-old daughter, Tierney Lyle, spoke to reporters outside St Joseph’s Hospital after visiting her on Wednesday, according to a Tampa Bay Times report.
She said: “They were expecting me and (her daughter). We are here and still trying to figure it out.
“He was sleeping when we came in and he woke up when he heard our voices and his daughter’s. And he looked around, he blinked and he was crying but he can’t move.
Former NFL wide receiver Mike Williams is reportedly still fighting for his life in hospital
Williams, pictured at the 2014 Hall of Fame game, is believed to have died following an accident while working on a construction site – but his family say he is still on life support.
Williams earned a total of $11.8 million during his five-year NFL career before ending his career in 2016.
Lyle confirmed Williams was injured in a construction accident in Hillsborough County last week and revealed the plan was to remove him from life support, but that has yet to happen.
Further details of the crash were revealed on a GoFundMe page, allegedly set up by Williams’ father, Wendell Muhammed.
The page – which was created in an effort to help Williams’ father get to the Tampa Bay hospital – claims a steel beam fell on his head, causing severe head trauma.
Williams’ father went on to explain that the ex-NFL star suffered from brain and spinal cord swelling, as well as complete paralysis in his right arm and below the waist.
Williams shakes hands with Bills owner Terry Pegula (right) before a game against the Vikings
Williams had a catch at Soldier Field while playing against the Bears in September 2014.
Prior to his professional football career, Williams was a college football star with Syracuse, where he played for three seasons.
During his NFL career, he made 223 receptions, scoring 26 touchdowns and 3,089 receiving yards.
He earned a total of $11,848,250 during his time in the NFL, mostly with the Bucs, who drafted him in the fourth round in 2010 and handed him a four-year contract.
The Syracuse college star, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills for five years in the NFL, retired from football in 2016.