Inside The Bills

Why Mario wears terrifying red contacts

Posted by on November 13, 2014 – 10:13 pm

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Mario Williams is already scary enough.

Just the sight of his hulking 6-foot-6, 290-pound frame is enough to make you feel inferior, and that’s to say nothing of the incredible power and speed that one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers is capable of unleashing at the snap of the ball.

But sometimes it’s the things you can’t see that can be the scariest of all.

“The guy across from me doesn’t even know it,” said Williams of his fiery red contacts. “I’ve been wearing them for a while now but no one ever notices – players on the field never see it because I have my visor on.”

“It makes me feel like I’m behind a wall,” said Williams. “It’s a psyche thing for me.”

Mario Williams, hidden behind a wall like some sort of trapped monster, ready to ruin an offense. Now that’s a scary thought.

Sports performance lenses have been worn by hunters and baseball players among others to help improve vision in various weather and lighting conditions. Williams’ lenses have only a marginal impact on his sight though, adding just a subtle red tint to what he sees.

“It’s nothing about my performance,” he said. “But it’s like wearing a mask without wearing a mask.”

“It’s had a great effect on me,” says Williams, who owns 6.5 sacks, a pass breakup and a forced fumble this season. “It’s a psyche thing, it’s become that. So that is why I wear them, no matter if it’s that color or another color.”


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