Former Arizona Cardinals defensive back Aeneas Williams was named as one of the 25 semi-finalists for the 2012 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Williams, who played for the Cards from 1991-2000 and then finished his career out with the St. Louis Rams, was a third-round pick in 1991 from Southern University. Few knew about him at the time but every NFL fan got to know him real fast once his career started. He was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, six of them while with the Cardinals. I had the chance to interview Williams a couple of years ago on the weekend he was inducted into the Cardinals Ring of Honor. He was a class act on and still is off the field.
At the time of my interview he seemed genuinely more interested in me, how I got into blogging for the Cards. Here he was being interviewed by a number of outlets and he wanted to take the time to know about me. To me, that was something I would never forget. He was a hard, tenacious player on the field but as humble, courteous, and nice as anyone could ever be. Oh, and did I mention he was pretty good at what he did?
He finished his career with 55 interceptions and nine touchdowns. Williams is so revered with the Cardinals, he even got to be the one to present the 2009 NFC Championship trophy to the team after their win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Congrats to Williams. He has some really great company with him, so it would not be surprising if he didn’t get voted in, however it would not be a surprise if he did either.