The Ultimate Buffalo Bill: Kyle Williams Reflective as Playoff Berth Still Possible

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.—As practice winds down in the Buffalo Bills’ ADPRO Training center, 34-year-old Kyle Williams runs through last-minute defensive end drills like a giddy little kid. He pushes and shoves some of his teammates, laughing heartily. It’s the week before Christmas, and that probably has something to do with it, but that’s not the only reason Williams is in such a jovial mood. He’s like this all season long, because he loves football. He loves his teammates. He loves Buffalo. And with the Bills sniffing a playoff berth for the first time in 17 years, he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world, which is ideal since Williams is the longest tenured Bill by a mile.

“I told the guys the other night, we have the opportunity to play and be in a city that celebrates hard work and grit,” Williams told me after practice. “And it’s not like everywhere else in the world. That’s why it’s so easy for me to really care about the people here because they can see themselves in us, and we can see ourselves in them. Tough, blue collar—everything this city is everything I’ve ever based my career on.”

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