Bills 13-year defensive tackle Kyle Williams took his talents south this week to sunny Orlando, Florida, where he will suit up one last time for the 2019 Pro Bowl. In the days leading up to the game, Williams made memories with his family and friends that will help carry him into the next chapter of his life. Giving Bills fans an opportunity to share the experience with him, Williams documented his favorite moments from the unforgettable trip.
Day 1: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019: First stop – WALT DISNEY WORLD!
With Pro Bowl activities still a day away, it didn’t take long for Williams, his wife Jill and their five children: Kate, Anna Claire, Reed, Gray and Bennett to pay a visit to Orlando’s most magical attraction – Walt Disney World. Armed with a rare agenda-free afternoon, Kyle’s crew took full advantage of what the destination had to offer.
“We hopped between Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios with Elyse, our [tour] guide,” said Williams. “We hit all the big rides in both parks and went to Toy Story Land for the first time in Hollywood Studios. It was a lot of fun with the fam on the first day, seeing characters and riding rides set the tone for a great week…but I’m tired!!”
Thanks to their trusty tour guide Elyse Potwora, who coincidentally is a Buffalo native, the Williams clan had a blast soaking up the sun, good times and photo ops available at the ultimate fun zone.
Day 2: Wednesday, Jan. 23. 2019: Reporting for duty
The Pro Bowl officially kicked off for the players, coaches and fans on Wednesday. Reporting for duty for Team AFC, Williams headed to the ESPN Wide World of Sports where practice was being held. Linking up with Williams was his good friend and Bills Legend Jim Kelly, who was on the scene as a Legends Captain for the AFC’s offense.
During practice, Williams got to catch up with a few friends, including Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and others from around the league. He also had a chance to spend time getting to know some of the NFL’s most promising young athletes.
Following practice, it was a family affair for Williams, who was met on-field by his biggest fans. While it’s impressive to see the small army that is the Williams family do pretty much anything together, the party of seven grew to nine. Joining the ranks were Kyle and Jill’s niece and nephew.
Having the time of their young lives, the gaggle of kids enjoyed the full Pro Bowl experience as they posed for pictures and went behind-the-scenes with Kyle.
Next on the schedule: The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown!
The competition heated up early for the AFC and NFC teams on Wednesday with the popular and highly entertaining, Skills Showdown. The tournament featured five challenges such as the 40 Yard Splash, Gridiron Gauntlet, Best Hands, Precision Passing and Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball. It certainly was epic for Williams who, with Kelly as coach, channeled his inner Peter La Fleur, and put it all on the line for his AFC squad.
Day 3: Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019: King of the Hill
After a jampacked opening day, Pro Bowl week continued Thursday, starting off with another practice. With the big game approaching quickly, Williams and his AFC defensive teammates got down to work learning the playbook. Getting after it in the Florida heat, the boys took time to cool off, chuck up the peace signs and pose for a pic.
Williams took things a step further, in terms of capturing his time in the Sunshine State, when he strapped on a GoPro during the session. Providing fans with a first-hand look at what it would be like to switch lives with him for a day, Williams went through drills, cracked a few jokes and of course, broke down the huddle.
“MONEY ON THREE. ONE, TWO, THREE, MONEY!” he said with a laugh.
Following practice, Williams caught up with his Bills team bestie Lorenzo Alexander, a Bills media correspondent for the week, for a “Step Brothers” style interview. As shown in the video, it was hard for the “old men” to get through the questions and answers without laughing and taking shots at one another.
“Everybody keeps getting younger and younger, and I keep getting older and older,” said a jubilant Williams. “It’s always fun [to come to the Pro Bowl], you come and get to visit with these guys – talk about the year, talk about them [and] what they do well, spend time with them. It’s a lot of fun.”
It sure was fun for Williams, especially when he got to bring his boys to practice. However, the highlight of his Thursday was watching his minis chase Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill for an autograph. Sprinting until their legs gave out, or until they fell, the trio and some helpers finally wore Hill down.
Day 4: Friday, Jan. 25, 2019: Fam + friends + fans = Winning for Williams.
On Friday, Williams had all the ingredients he needed to whip up the perfect day – family, friends and fans. Surrounded by the people who have supported him throughout his career, Williams hit the field for his final Pro Bowl practice.
It's 2019 Pro Bowl week in Orlando, Florida! Click through to see photos of Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams, AFC Legends Captain Jim Kelly and more from the Sunshine State.
Feeling elated and grateful, Williams stopped to smell the roses. While visiting with a few Bills fans, Williams stumbled upon one of his own admirers. Deeming herself Williams’ “number one fan,” Emily Kasperzyk checked in with quizmaster Kyle who put her knowledge to the test.
After making Kasperzyk’s day, Williams’ good deeds continued when he spent time with an NFL Flag team from Buffalo. In between games in their tournament, the group of 13/14-year-old boys walked over to catch some of the AFC practice. Ecstatic to see one of their hometown heroes, the young teens were even more pumped when he shook their hands, wished them luck and posed for pictures with them.
Post-practice downtime meant one thing – another trip to Disney World! This time around, however, the Williams clan was psyched to have their closest friends the Alexanders along for the adventure.
Day 5: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019: Saturdays are for the Williamses
With just 24 hours separating Williams from his last hoorah as an NFL player, he chose to spend Saturday with his loved ones, reflecting on the special week and on his career as a Buffalo Bill.
After 13 remarkable years, Williams will get one more chance to show the world what he’s made of. To give No. 95 a proper send-off, tune in to watch the 2019 Pro Bowl at 3 p.m. ET today. The game will be shown live on ABC, ESPN and Disney XD.