SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Kyle Williams is ignoring the barrage of hateful, hurtful, even threatening comments he has received via social media in the aftermath of his second punt return fumble that cost the 49ers Sunday's NFC Championship Game against New York.
Williams said Monday he takes full responsibility for his fumble in overtime of a 20-17 loss to the Giants that set up Lawrence Tynes' winning field goal. He called the moment "painful."
"I really didn't pay attention to Twitter. All the feedback I needed was family and friends, the guys in the locker room," Williams said.
He insisted it's part of his job to face the criticism and not hide out in a difficult time.
Kicker David Akers took to Twitter, asking people to stop the harsh remarks, saying "ppl need to get a grip! Leave Kyle alone!"
Williams is the son of Chicago White Sox general manager Ken Williams, who attended Sunday's game in San Francisco along with some family.
"As I explained to Kyle's mother, grandmother and brothers, you have adversities in life," Ken Williams said Monday. "There is a defining moment (when) you make a decision you are going to persevere and kick down the next door or walk away from it. Kyle is not a walk-away type of guy."
Ken Williams said his son received death threats in social media messages.
MORRIS MOVE OFFICIAL: The Redskins announced the hiring of former Bucs coach Raheem Morris as a defensive backs coach. He agreed to take the job two weeks ago. He joined coach Mike Shanahan's staff in Mobile, Ala., for this week's Senior Bowl. The Bucs fired Morris, 35, after a 4-12 season. Washington also hired Ike Hilliard, a former Buc and Gator, as receivers coach.
BROWNS: Tim Hauck, a former player and Titans assistant, was named defensive backs coach.
FALCONS: Defensive backs assistant Alvin Reynolds was fired.
RAMS: New coach Jeff Fisher formally announced Brian Schottenheimer as the offensive coordinator and Gregg Williams as the defensive coordinator.
JURISPRUDENCE: Former receiver Sam Hurd hired new attorneys to defend him against accusations that he tried to establish a drug-dealing network. Hurd, 26, said he would plead not guilty to charges that he tried to buy large quantities of cocaine and marijuana, according to a court filing by Michael McCrum of San Antonio and Jay Ethington of Dallas. Hurd played for the Bears and Cowboys.
PRO BOWL: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Bears defensive end Julius Peppers were named to replace two Super Bowl-bound Giants in Sunday's game — Eli Manning and former USF star Jason Pierre-Paul.