Former NFL defensive end Mario Williams had an impressive football career. He spent 11 seasons in the NFL and played for three different teams.
A lot of athletes explore different opportunities during their sports careers. Williams was one of them and decided to come up with his own cereal.
Mario Williams, the No. 1 draft pick in the 2006 NFL draft
Williams enjoyed a successful career at North Carolina State University. He played there from 2003 to 2005, and during that time, he set the school’s all-time sack record, which stood until 2017. As a defensive end, Williams displayed speed and strength and the ability to get to the quarterback. During the 2006 NFL combine, he ran a 4.66 40-yard dash. Going into the draft, Williams was one of the top prospects.
The Houston Texans had the first pick in the draft, and some people thought that they would select Reggie Bush, but they decided to take Williams. The Texans signed him to a six-year, $54 million contract. As a rookie, Williams started in all 16 games and finished with 47 tackles, four and a half sacks, and one forced fumble. The 2007 season was a breakout season for Williams. In 16 games, he finished with a total of 59 total tackles and 14 sacks. Through 15 games, he accounted for 48 percent of the Texans’ sacks, which was a higher percentage than any other player. He was selected as a second-team All-Pro by Sporting News and was voted as an alternate for the Pro Bowl.
Williams spent his first six seasons in Houston and continued to have success. He is second in Texans franchise history in career sacks (53) and career forced fumbles (11). In 2007 he was named the NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year. William became a fan favorite during his time in Houston.
Mario Williams’ career after the Houston Texans
After his time with the Texans, he signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2012. He spent four seasons with the Bills. His success continued in Buffalo. In 2014 he was named a first-team All-Pro and was selected to his fourth and final Pro Bowl. That season he finished with 42 total tackles and 14.5 sacks.
Williams played his final season with the Miami Dolphins in 2016. In 13 games, he finished with 13 total tackles and one and a half sacks. He played in a total of 158 games and finished with 399 total tackles and 97.5 sacks. Williams was a three-time All-Pro player during his career, and during his prime, he was one of the best defensive ends in the league.
Mario Williams creating his own cereal during his NFL career
While Williams was playing in Buffalo, he decided to have something of his own. In 2012, he unveiled ‘MariO’s,’ a honey toasted oats cereal. Williams donated all of the proceeds to Carly’s Cub, a Buffalo charity supporting children with cancer and their families. In a 2012 article from www.usatoday.com, Williams talked about how he felt about having his own cereal. “The biggest thing is not being on the cereal box, it’s the opportunity and the chance to give back to those who need help,” Williams said in the article.
Williams’ cereal was the latest limited-edition cereal produced by PLB Sports at the time. PLB Sports is a Pittsburgh-based company that created ‘TO’s,’ during Terrell Owens season in Buffalo, and ‘Flutie Flakes,’ when Doug Flutie was with the Bills. Williams wanted to do something where he can help others in the Buffalo area, and by donating the proceeds to charity, he helped out in a big way.