Arizona Cardinals Dan Williams Father Was Killed In A Car Crash
The father of Arizona Cardinals starting defensive tackle Dan Williams has been killed in a car crash while driving to New Orleans to watch his son play against the Saints.
Thomas Williams was en route from the family’s home in Memphis to watch the game when he was involved in the accident near to Jackson, Mississippi, team spokesman Mark Dalton said.
After learning of the tragedy, Dan Williams, 26, did not play on Sunday.
Dalton told the Associated Press that the team did not have details on precisely when the accident occurred or what had caused it.
He added that Williams received word of his father’s death before the Cardinals traveled to New Orleans on Saturday.
Dan Williams’ mother and sister were also in the car and were both hospitalized, but are expected to recover from their injuries.
The family lives in Memphis and frequently travels to watch Williams play.
The team tweeted on Sunday: ‘Please keep #AZCardinals NT Dan Williams in your thoughts. His father was killed in a car accident while on his way to watch #AZvsNO.’
Our prayers and thoughts go to Dan,’ Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told ESPN.
Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett said he was thinking about his teammate during the game.
‘We miss him, but family is more important than the National Football League on any level, and he needs to take as much time as he can with his family,’ Dockett said.
‘We’re going to be OK and welcome him back and embrace him, but at this point in time he can take as much time as he can with his family.’
Williams, a University of Tennessee graduate, is in his fourth season with the Cardinals after they drafted him in the first round of the 2010 draft.
He has started 22 games for Arizona since 2011 and scored on an interception return in the Cardinals’ Week One defeat at St. Louis.
The team lost 31-7 against the Saints on Sunday.