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Mario Williams biography

Date of birth : 1985-01-31
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Richlands, North Carolina
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-12-10
Credited as : Football player NFL, defensive end for the Houston Texans, Pro Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Mario Williams is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.

Selected after junior season by Houston Texans in first round (first pick overall) of 2006 NFL Draft…Signed by Texans on April 28, 2006.

HONORS:
Started in the 2010 Pro Bowl...Started in the 2009 Pro Bowl…Associated Press NFL Player of the Week (Week 1, 2007)…AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 1, 2007)…AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 15, 2007)…2007 NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year…2007 Second Team Associated Press All-Pro.

PRO:
The prototype for NFL defensive ends…has a rare combination of size, speed, athleticism and strength…boasts a 41-inch vertical jump despite weighing nearly 300 pounds…started every game in his four-year plus career, joins LB DeMeco Ryans as the only pair of Texans defenders to start every game in that time span…holds the Texans all-time lead in sacks after only four years with 39.5…has 202 total tackles (160 solo)…has scored one career touchdown…established the Texans single-season sack record with 14.0 in 2007 and followed that up with 12.0 in 2008…has forced nine fumbles and recovered three in his career and has eight career passes defensed…named second-team AP All-Pro in 2007…earned starting roles in the 2009 and 2010 Pro Bowls…was named a 2008 Pro Bowl alternate.

2009 (Houston 16/16): Started every game for the fourth straight season and led the team in sacks for the third straight year...finished the year with 9.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and three passes defensed...was named as a starter to the 2010 AFC Pro Bowl squad...tied a career high with seven tackles (six solos) along with a pass defensed and two quarterback hits vs. the New York Jets (9/13)...recorded his first sack of 2009 at Tennessee (9/20) to go along with four tackles (one for loss) and two quarterback hits...started and had three solo tackles vs. Jacksonville (9/27)...had one sack and thee hits on the quarterback, including one to force a fumble, to go along with four tackles (three solo) vs. Oakland (10/4)...had one hit on the quarterback at Arizona (10/11)...had three tackles (two solo) at Cincinnati (10/18)...made three tackles (two solo) including one sack, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits vs. San Francisco (10/25)...had one hit on the quarterback at Buffalo (11/1)...recorded his fourth sack of the season at Indianapolis (11/8) where he also had on pass defensed, one quarterback hit and one tackle for a loss...made four tackles (three solo) and had a hit on the quarterback vs. Tennessee (11/23)...sacked Peyton Manning for his fifth sack of 2009 and made two solo tackles and had one pass defensed vs. Indianapolis (11/29)...made two solo tackles including his sixth sack of the season at Jacksonville (11/6)...had his best game of the 2009 season to date, recording six solo tackles, two sacks for 14 yards lost, three tackles for loss, one hit on the quarterback and one forced fumble vs. Seattle (12/13)...had two solo tackles including one for a loss and recovered a fumble at St. Louis (12/20)...started at defensive end at Miami (12/27) for the 63rd consecutive game.

2008 (Houston 16/16): Started all 16 games at defensive end…finished the season with 53 solo tackles and a team-high 12.0 sacks…also forced four fumbles…was voted to his first Pro Bowl, where he started at DE for the AFC squad…accounted for 12 of the team’s 25 sacks on the year…12.0 sacks led all AFC defensive ends…had four games with multiple sacks…recorded six solo tackles including two sacks at Pittsburgh (9/7), which gave him 20.5 sacks for his career…forced a fumble when he hit Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter…totaled five tackles, two solo at Tennessee (9/21)…registered one solo tackle and five quarterback hurries at Jacksonville (9/28)…totaled four tackles with two sacks vs. Indianapolis (10/5)…recorded four tackles including two sacks vs. Miami (10/12)…posted one solo tackle and one assist with one quarterback hurry vs. Detroit (10/19)…registered three solo tackles, including his seventh sack of the season vs. Cincinnati (10/26) and forced a fumble on the play…totaled three solo tackles, including his eighth sack of the season at Minnesota (11/2)…posted three solo tackles and one assist vs. Baltimore (11/9)…recorded two solo tackles at Indianapolis (11/16)…finished with one solo tackle, which was for a loss, and one quarterback hurry at Cleveland (11/23)…posted six total tackles, including three sacks and one forced fumble on Monday Night Football vs. Jacksonville (12/1)…registered one solo tackle and two quarterback hurries at Green Bay (12/7)…posted four solo tackles vs. Tennessee (12/14)…recorded four solo tackles and one assist at Oakland (12/21)…posted two solo tackles, including his 12th sack of the season vs. Chicago (12/28).

2007 (Houston 16/16): Started all 16 games at defensive end…earned Associated Press All-Pro second team honors…selected as an alternate to the Pro Bowl…finished with a franchise-record 14.0 sacks…made 59 total tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and scored his first career touchdown…named AFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 1 and Week 15…established a Texans single-game sack record with 3.5 against Denver (12/13)...established a Texans record by recording a sack in six straight games…started vs. Kansas City (9/9) and opened the season with two sacks…had a fumble recovery he returned for a 38-yard touchdown…honored by the Associated Press as the NFL Player of the Week for his performance…also honored as the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 1…made three total tackles (one solo) and one sack vs. Miami (10/7)…registered two total tackles (one solo) and one sack at San Diego (10/28) when he downed former N.C. State teammate QB Philip Rivers for a two-yard loss…finished with six total stops, three solo, and one sack vs. New Orleans (11/18)…forced a fumble on the sack, his first of the season...started at Cleveland (11/25) and made four solo tackles and one sack…forced a fumble with his sack, his second of the season…finished with season-high seven tackles, three solo, and registered 2.5 sacks at Tennessee (12/2)…broke the team record for single-season sacks with 8.5 sacks on the season, passing former Texan Jeff Posey, who recorded 8.0 total sacks in 2002…recorded six total tackles, four solo, and sacked QB Luke McCown late in the fourth quarter vs. Tampa Bay (12/9)…started in his 30th career game vs. Denver (12/13) in his first career prime time game...finished with his best game of his career, registering a team-record 3.5 sacks and tying his season-high with seven tackles…made two solo tackles and one sack for a loss of two yards at Indianapolis (12/23).

2006 (Houston 16/16): Started all 16 games as a rookie at right defensive end…was the only Texans defensive lineman to start every game…showed toughness by staying on the field despite battling a severe foot injury…set a Texans rookie record with 4.5 sacks, topping DE Jason Babin’s 4.0 sacks in 2004…sack total ranked him second on the team behind Babin, who had 5.0 in 2006…led all Texans defensive linemen with 47 tackles, including 35 solos…recorded a sack in three consecutive games, matching the second-longest streak in team history…recorded his first career sack vs. Miami (10/1)…finished with two tackles, and also batted away a two-point conversion attempt in the end zone…finished with a season-high six tackles at Dallas (10/15), including five solos…recorded two total tackles, including a sack, vs. Jacksonville (10/22)…recovered his first career fumble late in the third quarter to set up a touchdown…registered three total tackles at New York Giants (11/5), including a six-yard sack of Giants QB Eli Manning, his third sack in as many games…forced a fumble for the first time vs. Indianapolis (12/24) as part of a five-tackle performance.

COLLEGE:
Set the N.C. State career record with 55.5 stops for losses of 237 yards…topped the old mark of 45 for minus-269 yards by Carl Reeves (1991-94)…shattered the previous State season-record of 21 with 27.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2005…broke school career sack record with 26.5…All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and Sports Illustrated as a junior in 2005…voted the team’s Most Valuable Player…set a school season record, as he led the ACC and ranked fourth in the nation with 14.5 sacks for minus-75 yards as a senior.

PERSONAL:
Attended Richlands (N.C.) High School…Richlands retired his number 82 jersey…2002 Associated Press All-State choice…chosen to the 2002 North Carolina Shrine Bowl team, where he notched four sacks…recorded 87 tackles, 13 sacks, 22 stops for losses for the Wildcats…also added five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and five blocked kicks as a senior…also played running back as a senior and rushed for 590 yards and three touchdowns on 58 carries…recorded over 100 tackles as a junior…graduated from high school in December 2002 and attended the Gator Bowl with North Carolina State.

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