Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario williams earns $100 million for his football job but it will be a long time before he ever cashes in on a second job he's pursuing as a police officer, especially now that his credentials are being questioned.
It comes as a surprise to many that Williams has a passion for law enforcement so much so that he enrolled in the Lone Star College law enforcement program in Houston. He graduated last May and can be a police officer anywhere in the state of Texas.
But he is now facing allegations he did not complete the degree program fair and square.
In fact, Williams is so dedicated to the field of law he donated five brand new Dodge Chargers to the Houston Police Department this year and five Camaros to the same department last year earning him an honorary Chief of Police badge from authorities in the Lone Star state.
"I guess there's a 10 car minimum to get one of these so if anybody else wants one I guess you know how to do it now. I was the first one to do it," Williams said in video footage of the badge ceremony at the Houston Police Department.
According to a complaint filed with the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement Williams never completed the full 660 hours of in-class course work and graduated from the program two months earlier than his classmates last May.
Eyewitness News spoke to investigative reporter Brian Collister who is assigned to the story at KTRK in Houston,
"The state tells us that those courses the cadets must be in them physically present during the 660 hours of course work. that you can't do it if you're across the country, can't do it over the phone, you can't do it at home," said Collister.
The investigation into whether Williams completed the program in line with state statutes uncovered other violations at the college prompting Texas officials to indefinitely shut down the law enforcement program at Lone Star College.
Williams has said to other media outlets in Texas that he didn't plan to start his police job anytime soon, he just wanted to complete the program so that after football he would have something to fall back on.
Williams or the Buffalo Bills did not respond to our inquiry about the issue .