Aaron Williams is ready for an electric crowd and some Buffalo winter weather at Highmark Stadium this Saturday night. Williams is eager to return to Buffalo as the Legend of the Game when the Bills welcome the Miami Dolphins to town for a crucial AFC East matchup.
"It's super exciting and brings me a lot of joy," Williams said. "It's kind of funny and I was saying the other day that it kind of comes full circle because my last game was against Miami and now I'm back leading these guys out for a very important game against the Dolphins."
The 2011 Bills draft pick spent his entire NFL career in Buffalo from 2011-2016. In 59 games, the safety had seven interceptions, one fumble recovery that resulted in a touchdown, and 184 solo tackles.
While scoring a TD on a botched field goal against the Arizona Cardinals was something Williams will never forget his time as a Bill, the love he got from Bills Mafia after his injury neck injury comes pretty close to topping the list of most memorable moments in Buffalo.
"The outrage of love of and support during my difficult time is probably one of the best off-the-field moments," Williams said. "I can't speak enough about how great the city of Buffalo is and how much they showed not only me love, but my family too. I really just appreciate the city for sticking by me and being patient with me and watching me grow as a man that came in as a little kid."
Since retiring from the NFL, Williams' resume has grown pretty long. The former University of Texas Longhorn has stayed involved with the sport, but as a mentor to aspiring young athletes. His love for the game further propelled him to create an app with his family members that helps high school kids, who don't necessarily get a lot of recognition, get recruited to play football in college.
And when he's not coaching or mentoring kids who hope to be like him one day, he's keeping up with his former team.
"The only that gets me excited is this team winning and then the city just being happy honestly," Williams said. "I've been saying this since I was drafted, this city rightfully deserves to have a winning team and a Super Bowl come back to it. This team has a chance to do that as long as they continue to stay focused and not get distracted and prepare each and every week and take one week at a time."