Aaron Williams forgives Jarvis Landry hit that helped end career

Jarvis Landry apologized to Aaron Williams immediately after the play Oct. 23, 2016. (Bill Ingram/The Post)

Jarvis Landry immediately regretted his block that knocked out Bills safety Aaron Williams late in the 2016 season, and if it’s still bothering him, he got some closure today.

It turned out to be the final play of Williams’ career. He announced his retirement today due to a history of neck and head injuries, and his time as a football player is done at age 27. In his announcement, a length essay on The Players’ Tribune, he said he’d forgiven Landry.

“You want to know my honest opinion about the hit?” Williams wrote. “I felt like it was unnecessary. He didn’t have to hit me in the chin like he did.

“But you know what? I remember when i was a little kid, i used to watch that segment they had on ESPN with all the big hits–Jacked Up! or whatever it was called… I used to replay those hits on YouTube like crazy. And a lot of those hits were like the one Landry laid on me. So I can’t be a hypocrite. I glorified that kind of hit myself growing up. Football’s a violent game. (Expletive) happens. I got no ill will towards Landry.

Here’s a video of Landry’s block on Williams, which got him a flag for unnecessary roughness:

Cameras showed Landry apologizing to Williams as he left the field, and he was genuinely contrite after the game.

“Just playing football, man, just playing football,” he said. “If I could take that hit back, I would. The guy has a family to feed, and this is his livelihood. You never want to see that with anybody.

“You never want to see that happen to anybody. But it’s football. Injuries like that are not something that sit well.”

Williams played six seasons with the Bills after they drafted him out of Texas in the second round. He totaled 256 tackles, seven interceptions and 36 pass breakups. Spotrac lists his career earnings as $22.6 million.

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