Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists announced, Aeneas Williams among them

The former Arizona Cardinals star defensive back is a finalist for the second year in a row.

The NFL announced the 15 finalists for this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame class, and for the second year in a row, former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Aeneas Williams makes the cut.

Williams is among the 15 that includes Larry Allen, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Edward Debartalo Jr., Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, Art Modell, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Andre Reed, Dave Robinson, Warren Sapp, Will Shields and Michael Strahan. These are the modern era candidates.

Williams played 14 years in the league, the first 10 of which were with the Cardinals. He was drafted by Arizona in the third round in 1991.

Although he did not get the fanfare he should have because he played when Deion Sanders did, Williams was perhaps the best cornerback of his time. He picked off 55 passes in his career, including nine in 1994 for the Cards.

He was a Pro Bowler eight times and 1st-Team All-Pro three times.

He was one of the greatest players ever to play for the Cardinals and will eventually make it into the Hall.

Will it be this year? I hope so.

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