When Kyle Williams crossed the goal line for his first career touchdown with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, it immediately took Tommy Reeder back.
Williams’ high school coach in Ruston, La., Reeder caught the replay of Williams’ 1-yard fullback dive for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins.
“It was the about that same scenario,” Reeder told The Buffalo News on Monday of Williams’ last touchdown run, which came as a senior in 2001. “We put him in when we got it down on the goal line. He’s the type of guy that could get it in there. … He played fullback up until his sophomore year, and then we put his hand down because that was where his future was as a defensive lineman.”
The play, and ensuing celebration, will be one of the enduring sequences from the 2017 season.
“I know what it means to him,” Reeder said of Williams making the postseason for the first time in his 12-year career. “It couldn’t happen to a better guy. He’s a quality guy, a quality football player and a quality individual. He’s a guy I loved coaching, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to be around him and coach him.
“I know Kyle. I saw him grow up and become a man. From when he played for me, I know what kind of person he is and the kind of family he comes from. Knowing the kind of person he is, he is a positive influence on anyone who is around him.”
Bills coach Sean McDermott said Monday he didn’t recall Williams taking a carry in practice before last week.
“Juan Castillo and Rick Dennison came up with a good play design,” McDermott said. “Kyle was a running back at Ruston High School years ago, right? Kyle is a guy I trust to carry the football. He executed. I don’t know about the whole dance and celebration that he put out there, but you can ask him more about that.”
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While the play might have been looked at as a gimmick nationally, anyone who has spent some time with Williams knows what kind of an athlete he is.
“You go out there and watch him play before practice — throw the football around, throw a softball,” Dennison said. “ He’s a good football player, a really good football player, that works his tail off day in and day out.”