$100 Million Crocodile Tears: How Will Houston Welcome Back Mario Williams?

Mario Williams has not brought the noise, the funk, or the pain to Buffalo. He’s has been injured, but what else is new. He’s still the better player over Reggie Bush — if anyone remembers that was once a thing — but the Bills are a fringe nothing at best, while the Texans remain a legit Super Bowl favourite.

Actually, they’ve gotten better.

Now, Super Mario heads back to Reliant Stadium, and the hometown Houston Chronicle has some thoughts about how that will go. So do the Texans.

“Always the jokester, Texans defensive end Antonio Smith isn’t going to let this week pass without a phone call to lineback Mario Williams,” the Chron wrote. “He’s going to try to rile up the former Texans No. 1 overall draft pick who was last offseason’s most coveted free agent.”

“Houston fans, don’t get mad at me, but I’m going to pump him up, too, talk all kind of (stuff).”

We’ll assume he said shit and not stuff.

“I’m gonna get him mad. I just want to see what happens.”

Regardless of Mario’s injury past and present — he underwent wrist surgery last week but says he will play this Sunday — he ain’t exactly the brotha you want to “pump” up, to use Smith’s words.

“Williams is returning to Houston for the first time since leaving the Texans,” writes ESPN’s James Walker. “Houston drafted Williams with the No. 1 overall pick in 2006 but didn’t pony up enough to sign him to an extension. Williams should be highly motivated to stick it to his former team.

“Perhaps Buffalo’s trip to Houston is coming at the right time. Williams was a dominant players for years at Reliant Stadium. The Bills need that version of Super Mario to show up once again.”

Good thing Antonio Smith is determined to play the Koopa Troopa.