Mario Mania Hits WNY

March 15, 2012 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM EDT

By WKBW News


Mario Mania Hits WNY

March 15, 2012 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Channel 7 Sports Director Jeff Russo anchored "Special Report" coverage of the Buffalo Bills signing of new Defensive End Mario Williams late Thursday afternoon.

The 1:45p.m. conference was delayed until just after 4:15p.m.

Williams stands to make $100 million in his six year deal, and will one of the highest paid players in the National Football League.

General Manager Buddy Nix thanked Bills owner Ralph Wilson, and addressed the delay by stating, "good things come to those who wait!"

When Williams took the podium, he thanked Ralph Wilson, and commented on the welcoming feel from the Western New York community, citing that an area restaurant cooked a pizza with his name on it.

Williams noted that he came into Western New York with an open mind, and spent a late night Tuesday meeting with coaches. Williams commented that he felt very comfortable with the coaches, and the football facility and operation overall.

He was complimentary of Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, and was thrilled to meet him.

When asked about the area, Williams said he was happy that there could be deer in his backyard.

Bills General Manager Buddy Nix noted that the process to bring Williams to the team took several years.

Eyewitness News and Sports will have complete coverage of the signing of Mario Williams, and reaction from the Western New York community.