In a story over the weekend about Mario Williams putting his house on the market for $3 million, ESPN reporter Mike Rodak revealed that the defensive end pocketed $66,604,805 during his four seasons in Buffalo.
Williams, the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player over that stretch, had 43 sacks and 116 tackles in 63 games with the Bills. Broken down, he made $1.54 million per sack or $547,179 per tackle or $1.057 million per game.
He purchased the 9,000-square-foot home for $454,915, which means his lone tackle against the Jets in his Bills debut could have covered the price of his home. Think about that the next time you make a mortgage payment.
On average, Williams made $16,651,201 per season with the Bills. Based on that figure, he pocketed $3.33 million per sack and $1.11 million per tackle.
If Williams gets his asking price for the home, he stands to pocket more than $2.5 million – or the equivalent of $100,000 per year for a quarter century. If he hits all bonuses with the Dolphins, he’ll add another $20 million to his bank account.
• Jordan Spieth is only 22 years old and lacks life experience, but it would be nice if he gained a little real-world perspective before talking about the “stress” he felt while standing over the golf ball.
Spieth was sitting in second place at 14 under par through three rounds of the AT&T Byron Nelson when he talked about how much he was struggling with his swing, which has been an issue since his meltdown last month at the Masters.
“It’s very difficult for me to stand up here and not be positive, given I’m at 14 under and contending in this tournament,” Spieth said, “but if you guys knew the kind of stress I felt over the golf ball right now, trying to put my swing in the right position.”
Spieth isn’t getting much sympathy from people who are trying to feed their family and keep a roof over their head. He has made $23 million in 93 professional tournaments in less than four full seasons. In fact, he may never experience real stress.
He should sit down with Lee Trevino, who once described pressure as a kid growing up in Dallas as “playing for $10 when you don’t have a dime in your pocket.” Trevino dropped out of school at age 14 to shine shoes and caddy. He had four years in the Marine Corps as a machine gunner before his 22nd birthday.
Spieth plays golf for a living. Others play to relieve stress.
• It was great to see Canisius basketball coach Jim Baron leave on his own terms and under the right terms. Nobody would have blamed him if he hung up his whistle when his son, Billy, graduated. Any minute now, Canisius should be announcing the news conference announcing the hiring of Reggie Witherspoon.
• Almost every NFL team is willing to give players second and third (and fourth) chances if they think a guy can help them win, but have we already reached the end with Johnny Manziel?
Johnny Football was released by the lowly Browns, dropped by two agents, lost millions of dollars in endorsements and charged with domestic violence. TMZ Sports reported that he was kicked out of a Las Vegas nightclub over the weekend after an altercation involving several people.
Manziel has shown little interest in keeping his nose clean and getting his football career back on track. His reputation can’t get much worse. If anything, the former Heisman Trophy winner is more committed to self-destruction and embarrassment than turning around his career.
And we still don’t know if he has the goods to play in the NFL.
• I have no problem admitting that I want the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup. I don’t care about them. I care about me. I picked them to win the Cup before the season.
• To me, the Cavaliers’ loss to the Raptors in Game Three was little more than a speed bump on their way to the NBA Finals. Cleveland ran into a tenacious Toronto team that was playing its first conference finals home game in franchise history. You knew the Raptors would show up.
I’m with Kyrie Irving, who talked about the math after the game. He and Kevin Love combined to miss 24 of 28 attempts from the field and are bound to play better. The Cavs swept their opponents in the first two rounds. They were bound to play a clunker after 10 straight wins.
Nobody should be surprised if the Cavaliers win Game Four on Monday night in Toronto. If that happens, the series will be over Wednesday night in Cleveland.
• I’m not sure why anyone was surprised that Exaggerator won the Preakness Stakes, beating Cherry Wine and ending Nyquist’s chances of winning the Triple Crown. If you need evidence that Exaggerator was coming strong, revisit the Kentucky Derby.
Exaggerator charged down the stretch at the Derby and may have won if the race was 20 yards longer. Nobody should be shocked come June 11 if Exaggerator wins the Belmont Stakes, which at 1½ miles is the longest of the Triple Crown races.
That said, don’t put your money on where my mouth is.