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Aeneas Williams to Enter Cardinals' Ring of Honor


The Cardinals will induct the 13th member of the team's Ring of Honor on November 10th when the team honors Aeneas Williams. The game on will be a Monday night game against the San Fransisco 49ers. Williams played 10 seasons for Cardinals making 6 Pro Bowls during that time and was voted All Pro 4 times. He was a third round draft pick of the then, Phoenix Cardinals in 1991, but it didn't take him very long to make an impression. He would win the starting job in training camp and he would go on to play in every single game over the next 10 seasons. During those 10 seasons, Williams would rack up 46 interceptions, 569 tackles and 14 fumble recoveries. Williams finished his career with four seasons in St. Louis thanks to a draft day trade that sent a second and fourth round pick to the Cardinals in 2001.

Williams always had a nose for the ball and knack for making big plays in the biggest of moments. Williams was a big part of the first Cardinals playoff victory since 1947, when he picked off Troy Aikman twice in a 20-7 win over the hated Cowboys in 1998. Williams would pick off another pass in the next playoff game but the Cardinals still lost. During his time with Rams, he went to Super Bowl XXXVI but the Rams lost to the Patriots. During that run to the Super Bowl, he would pick off Brett Farve twice (both returned for touchdowns) and recover a fumble. In the NFC Championship game he picked off Donavon McNabb with just under two minutes to play to clinch a victory and Super Bowl berth. Williams career came to a quiet end after the 1995 season, a season in which he ended on the IR.


Williams' greatness was undeniable. He ended his career with 12 defensive touchdowns (9 Ints, 3 fumble recoveries), 55 career interceptions, 23 fumble recoveries and over 1,000 total defensive return yards (Ints, and fumble recoveries). He was an 8 time Pro Bowler, 5 time All Pro selection and a member of the NFL 1990s All Decade Team.