Cody Williams had no choice but to reject the job interview of a lifetime.
In January 2008, the former Orchard Park High and Colgate defensive back
was preparing for a workout with the Buffalo Bills when his body abruptly shut down.
He couldn't run and couldn't eat. It hurt to eat. His weight fell from 190 pounds to 170.
One simple squat in the weight room hurt his left buttock. And there was blood in his stool.
Williams was petrified. He had no clue what was wrong.
When the Bills called days before the workout, he had to cancel.
"It felt like a knife was literally stuck in the left side of my butt," [ Cody ] Williams said.
A colonoscopy revealed that he had ulcerative colitis, a disease
that causes inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the rectum.
Playing football anywhere was impossible.
A year and a half later, he's finally back.
Williams was picked up this summer by the Hamilton
Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
The illness, his 5-foot-9 stature and that lingering small-school
stereotype have made for a turbulent path to a pro career.
"There were times when I thought about quitting football," Williams said.
"Then, I'd go to church, think about it and realize this was my dream.
Nice story. Hope it works out for him.
This part threw me for a loop:
...,the former Orchard Park High and Colgate defensive back...That's not our Orchard Park secondary in Stoney Creek, that's Orchard Park, NY. He's listed as an import from Buffalo, NY.