Inside The Bills

Kyle Williams: “That was my friend.”

Posted by Chris Brown on December 19, 2012 – 3:35 pm

Bills DT Kyle Williams did not have a good Tuesday. He had received word by phone that his agent Albert Elias has passed away, apparently in his sleep, on a ski trip in Colorado.

“That was my friend,” said Williams, still emotionally affected by the shocking news of his agent’s passing at age 41. “I got a call from some mutual friends in Dallas. We had been together seven years. He was on a ski trip with some friends. I actually talked to him Monday night and he was coming down to Miami this weekend.

“The guys woke up Tuesday morning to go skiing, he was still asleep. They hollered at him and said they heard him in there snoring and they came back from skiing and said he wasn’t breathing, said he was still warm, tried to give him CPR to get him resuscitated and it didn’t work. I guess over the next couple of days we’ll figure out exactly what happened.”

Williams relationship with Elias grew as the years went by with Elias negotiating the defensive tackle’s most recent extension with the Bills last year.

“He was really a young agent when we started out and got hooked up and we’ve been together for seven years. Our age gap isn’t that big so we had a lot in common,” said Williams. “In the offseason we played golf and hunted together. We’re from the same area of Louisiana. He works out of Dallas now. When we talked, we talked life and we didn’t talk football and we spent a lot of time together. It was a tough day at our house yesterday.”

Elias represented both Williams and Ron Brooks on Buffalo’s roster. Being a fifth-round pick, Williams had a lot to prove coming into the league, but always knew he had Elias in his corner.

“Yeah. He’s been a big part of my career and been there for me,” said Williams. “I’ve always had a lot of belief in what I could do and how I played and he’s probably a close second (to believing in me). It’ll be different.”

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