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Mike Williams' mom helped him jump high

The Bucs receiver is used to jumping up to catch the football.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams played catch with his mother growing up, but since she wasn't particularly accurate, Williams was often leaping to make catches. "Before I even knew how to run a route, I knew how to go up and get the ball," he said.

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Williams' leaping ability paid off last week, as he jumped up and snatched the ball away from a Chiefs defensive back and then raced to the end zone. That long touchdown reception gave the Buccaneers a 7-0 lead, and they would go on to win the game, 38-10.

Williams has 15 receptions for 332 yards and three touchdowns this season; he has eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark in each of the Bucs' last two games. The third-year pro is coming of a 2011 season in which he caught 65 passes for 771 yards and three touchdowns.

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