Pittsford, NY (WGR 550) -- In 2012, the off-season was very kind to Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Mario Williams.
Not only did he sign the highest-yielding contract for a defensive player in NFL history, but he was adored by a clamoring fan base and was engaged to a beautiful woman. As he found out though, Biggie Smalls was right all along:
Mo money, mo problems.
Since then, Williams dealt with an injury for much of the 2012 season and endured criticism along with it. Parts of the fan base were left wondering if signing him to that kind of contract was the right thing to do and now he's going through a lawyer and lawsuit-laden separation from his fiancée.
Especially with the latter of the three, Williams had to see very personal details of his relationship get released in to the public. It's a topic he spoke with both passion and candor when the situation came to a head during off-season workouts.
Now with that out of the limelight and training camp back in full view, see if you can't find the similarities between the following three quotes made by Williams on move-in day:
"I think it's one of those things that we need to get out here and be together, and get away from everything else and just focus and get after it."
"At least we get to face things that we'll face in the season, soon and together, and away from all the distractions and just being with the teammates."
"At the end of the day, we have to go out and do it. No if's, and's or but's about it, no excuses, no distractions."
Hearing the buzz phrases "get away from everything" and "away from all the distractions," certainly sent an alert to ask the follow up.
Is being at camp almost soothing in a way considering the off-season he's had?
"Definitely," Williams confirmed. "Everything that's happened has been unfortunate, but it is what it is and I can't let that distract me in any way with how big this is for this city and for the fans. And that's my mindset."
That's not the only reason why the pass-rusher is excited to be at training camp in 2013. He thinks there's true potential on the roster.
"I think it's going to be pretty interesting. We've got a lot of new pieces -- key pieces, to the puzzle," Williams started. "I think the future's bright especially with the new pieces that we've got."
Williams and the rest of the Bills take the field for practice for the first time on Sunday night at St. John Fisher College.