The relationship between former Texan Mario Williams and the city of Houston has always been somewhat dicey.
It goes all the way back to the day he was drafted in 2006, when most of Houston wanted the Texans to take Vince Young or Reggie Bush instead of the big defensive end out of North Carolina State. Even when it became apparent a few years into all of their careers that Williams was the correct pick out of those three, Houstonians still weren't totally down with Mario's game, which in short consisted of far too may non-impact plays masked by a few multi-sack games against mediocre teams.
When the time came for Mario Williams to decide what to do in unrestricted free agency in 2012, most of Houston would have offered to pack Mario's bags for him. He vowed to get back at all his "haters" when the Bills (his eventual employer) played the Texans in Week 9 of the 2012 season.
Well, that didn't work out too well, so Mario's found a new way to get back at the haters. Mario Williams is now literally taking the law into his own hands.
According to Fox 26, Mario Williams is now a licensed peace officer, which I suppose means that the race is now on to see who can be Mario Williams' first arrest!
Here's the story:
HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams graduated from the Lone Star College Law Enforcement Academy in Houston on Friday.
"He is now a licensed peace officer in the state of Texas," said Larry Stewart, one of Williams' instructors at Lone Star College, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
"That means he can be a police officer anywhere in the state of Texas."
Williams said since before he left college at North Carolina State he has had a passion for law enforcement and now he is a member of that fraternity.
"To say that I graduated from the Lone Star Law Enforcement Academy, it's an honor," Williams said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "It isn't something necessarily that I'm going to act on at this point.
"I'm still playing football. Football is my first love, but everybody has to have a plan B.
"It's something that I'm definitely going to fall back on after football is done, which hopefully is years and years down the road, but it's there. It's something that can't be taken away. I'm setting up myself for the future and I think that's the most important thing."
Williams passed his final exam on Friday, enabling him to graduate from the Lone Star Law Enforcement Academy.
All Mario jokes aside, you have to respect someone who should have tens of millions of dollars in his bank account once his playing days are through (assuming he stops buying $795,000 engagement rings) thinking about what the next phase of life holds for him, especially when said vocation involves a) 643 hours of class work and b) the possibility of getting shot.
Investing that kind of time and effort in the classroom is admirable, to say the least, and runs in line with Mario's past charitable efforts on behalf of law enforcement officers in Houston. Williams, who in the past has donated sports cars to the Houston Police Department for future police use, even gave indication in class that arresting bad guys is something he envisions himself doing down the road:
"During the second week of class, in the classroom, I asked the question, 'who would see themselves as a law enforcement officer in 20 years' and he was the only one that raised his hand," Stewart said.
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Perhaps this means that Williams can now go forcibly retrieve his ex-fiancee's engagement ring and somehow stop her from releasing another slew of suicidal Williams text messages that she has archived on her phone.
At the very least, this probably means that Williams can probably drive really, really fast virtually any time he wants to.
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