Looking back at the previous five players on our list, let’s do a quick recap: DT Eric Swann, WR Rob Moore, LB Ron McKinnon, QB Jake Plummer, and FB Larry Centers. Now some of these guys boast some pretty significant stats and some can lay claim to NFL records. But our final entry onto this list boasts the most impressive resume of them all.
– 3rd Round selection from Southern University
– Played 10 seasons for the Cardinals (1991 – 2000)
– Played in 160 out of 160 possible games
– Selected to 6 straight Pro Bowls (1994-1999)
– Selected as 1st Team All Pro Twice (1995 & 1997)
– Garnered 46 Career INTs in AZ
– Led the NFL with 9 INTs in 1994
– NFL All time leader in Fumble Return Yards (268 yds)
– Scored 8 Defensive TDs (6 INT returns, 2 Fumbles)
– 2 sacks & 569 total tackles (498 solo, 71 assisted)
Like I had said, WR Rob Moore was one of two Arizona Cardinals players that had ever been named a 1st Team All Pro selection in the history of the franchise, the other was Aeneas Williams. Not once….but twice.
I honestly don’t think I have to write to much else. Aeneas was in a class all his own as one of the premiere defensive backs in the NFL for a decade. During his tenure in the desert, he never missed a single game! He averaged 4.6 INTs a season. He was a player who came from a small school and won the starting job as a rookie in training camp and never looked back. Aeneas was a ballhawk, a defensive playmaker and lockdown corner in every sense of the word. If there is an all 1990s team and he isn’t on it, then whoever is in charge of selecting that team should be fired.
One of the most physical corners to ever play the game, he wasn’t just limited to INTs or breaking up passes, Williams was often one of the top 3 tacklers on the roster. And I’m sure we all remember the hit that Williams layed on 49ers quarterback Steve Young, causing a concussion that ended Young’s Hall of Fame career. For 10 years, the Cards had one side of the field covered. It didn’t matter who was there, Michael Irvin, Jerry Rice, Aeneas could match up with all of them. Eventually, he moved onto bigger and better things, but for 10 years he gave us perfection.
So that is it my friends. All six entries onto the Arizona Cardinals GOAT list. I’ll recap them one more time.
1. Eric Swann, DT
2. Rob Moore, WR
3. Ron McKinnon, LB
4. Jake Plummer, QB
5. Larry Centers, FB
6. Aeneas Williams, CB
Take some time to think about it. The poll will be up tomorrow. You all get to decide and cast your vote. Who is the Greatest AZ Cardinals Player of All Time?
(**If you think it’s someone else entirely or you think that this list is way off base let me know, any and all comments are welcome)