One thing I enjoy about Twitter is never knowing what’s going to show up on my timeline. Every login is a new adventure; some great, others not so much. Today (Mon) the week started off with a bang when this popped up:
— Anthony Williams (@AWilliamsUSA) February 20, 2017
If you’re not following Mr. Anthony Williams, you should be. He’s not only the father of our beloved adopted son of Buffalo, Aaron… his work on behalf of bringing opportunities for young people through events like this also shows why he and his family are so special.
It also got me thinking (as we know that’s dangerous) about our young safety’s difficult upcoming decision regarding his future playing professional football. Two neck injuries and several concussions later, Aaron finds himself with a gut-wrenching decision to make; continue to play but risk lifelong pain and suffering, or retire and move on to the next chapter in life.
No small task for a young man still in the prime of his life at 26 years of age, but a decision he must make none-the-less.
I can’t even begin to wrap my head around how one goes about making that kind of a decision at his age. Like almost all professional athletes, Williams spent his entire life preparing for an opportunity to compete against the greatest players in the world.
It’s easy for all of us as fans to pass judgement and suggest because Williams may be financially set for life he should just walk away while he’s still reasonably healthy. However, we’re not the ones who sacrificed everything for a dream that actually came true, albeit possibly abbreviated by factors out of his control.
The only thing we can do as fans is offer our support for whatever decision Williams decides to make and give him the space and time he needs to do so. So bugging him on social media by telling him you want him back or suggesting he should retire is probably more annoying than helpful :)
However, one thing we can do is let him know no matter what his decision may be, it doesn’t change the fact that Williams will always be a beloved part of our Buffalo FAMbase, an adopted son and a card carrying member of the #BillsMafia for life. That goes for the rest of his family as well.
We are blessed to have had the opportunity to watch Aaron Williams grow from a rookie cornerback into a solid veteran safety who plays with a level of passion uncommon among some professional athletes today. Like his father, Aaron makes the world a better place no matter what role he plays in the process.