NC State Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow and head football coach Dave Doeren announced that the NC State Athletics Department will commemorate the careers of standout players Russell Wilson and Mario Williams (No. 9, pictured above with fellow Wolfpack letterwinner Manny Lawson) by honoring their jerseys.
Wilson will be honored during the 2014 Kay Yow Spring Football Game on April 12, while Williams will return to a home regular season game at a later date as his schedule allows.
Wilson’s No. 16 and Williams’ No. 9 will continue to be worn by standout Wolfpack players. In the future, any player designated by the head coach to wear those numbers will also wear a patch honoring Wilson or Williams.
“These two players had outstanding careers for the Wolfpack and have gone on to do great things in the National Football League,” said Doeren. “We, along with our passionate Wolfpack fans, are so proud of them and their accomplishments and wanted to permanently honor them by adding their names to the State greats on display inside Carter-Finley Stadium.”
“The recognition patch is an even more visible way to honor their contributions, because every time a player wearing those numbers steps on the field, he will carry their name on his uniform,” Doeren continued.
Williams, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, said, “I am very appreciative that NC State has decided to honor me and it will be very special to see my name in Carter-Finley Stadium. It’s a special place and I will always call it home.”
Banners honoring Wilson and Williams will hang beside those of other Wolfpack legends on the facade of Carter-Finley Stadium, including former Bills OL Jim Ritcher.
Williams is the only player in ACC history to be selected as the first pick in the NFL draft, as he was taken as No. 1 by the Houston Texans in 2006. He was named a first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated in 2005 and was a second-team choice by Walter Camp after setting the State single-season tackles for loss (27.5) and sacks (14.5) records. A two-time All-ACC performer, he also holds the school career records in both categories.
Williams has recorded 76.5 career sacks in his NFL career. Now with the Buffalo Bills, he set a franchise record with 4.5 sacks in a single game.
The complete release from NC State can be found here. Stay tuned to buffalobills.com for more details on Mario’s upcoming honor.
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