BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — When the Buffalo Bills take to the turf at New Era Field Sunday for their final game of the season, it will also be the final game of Kyle Williams' career.
Williams announced Friday that he is retiring following the completion of this season.
Following Williams' announcement, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz called Williams to thank him for his commitment to the Bills and the community, and informed him that Sunday December 30th would be "Kyle Williams Day" in Erie County.
Kyle Williams of @buffalobills exemplified the work ethic of our community and was a true role model to others. I just got off the phone with Kyle and informed him Sun. Dec. 30 will be Kyle Williams Day in Erie County. #ThankYouKyle for your commitment to the team and community. pic.twitter.com/iPMOQqyU5c— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) December 28, 2018
Teammates and Bills fans have been using the hashtag #ThankYouKyle throughout the weekend on social media to wish Williams the best in his retirement.
Bills fans even took it a step further, as Our 7EWN crew spotted the sign pictured above Sunday morning on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville, which says "Village of KyleWilliamsville."
The Bills drafted Williams in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, he spent his entire 13-year career in Buffalo and became a fan favorite in the process.
Williams released a letter to the fans Friday, making it known how grateful he is to have been a Buffalo Bill:
"There’s no perfect time to retire from a game, a franchise, and a city that mean so much to me and my family. But it’s time to hang up my cleats. A singular word sticks out when I look back on my NFL career. Grateful. To have spent this much time with one team. To have had the opportunity to get to know this organization, this community, and more importantly, the people. To have raised my family here. To have made countless memories and friendships, on and off the field. Thank you to the Pegulas, to the Wilson family, to my teammates, to Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane, to my family, and to the fans. I’ve been at this a really long time but it doesn’t feel like it, and that’s a testament to your unwavering support. I could not be more grateful to retire as a lifelong Buffalo Bill."
The Bills posted a video Sunday morning of a one of Williams' pregame speeches which is sure to get you ready to celebrate "Kyle Williams Day."