Mario Williams to Have Jersey Honored in Season Opener
Aug. 28, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State Athletics Department will commemorate the career of All-American Mario Williams by honoring his jersey in the first half of Saturday’s football season opener vs. Georgia Southern.
Williams’ No. 9 will continue to be worn by standout Wolfpack players. In the future, any player designated by the head coach to wear that number will also wear a patch honoring him.
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.”
A banner honoring Williams will be unveiled and will hang beside those of other Wolfpack legends on the facade of Carter-Finley Stadium. Those players include QB Roman Gabriel, OL Jim Ritcher, HB Dick Christy, RB Ted Brown, WR Torry Holt, DE Dennis Byrd, OG Bill Yoest, QB Philip Rivers and QB Russell Wilson, who was honored at the 2014 Kay Yow Spring Football Game.
Williams is the only player in ACC history to be selected as the first pick in the NFL draft, as he was taken 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.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, 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 NC State Honored/Retired Jersey Committee is a nine-member panel appointed by the Director of Athletics that meets annually to review nominees and make selections. Nominees for this honor must have received an undergraduate degree or left in good academic standing and the committee reviews a list of criteria for consideration that includes National Championships, All-America honors, conference honors and post-collegiate athletic success.