The time has finally come for former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Aeneas Williams. After being a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in previous seasons, Williams was finally voted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday night, joining quite a class of former players.
Joining Williams in the hall are Michael Strahan, Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Ray Guy, and Claude Humphrey. Guy is the first punter ever elected into the Hall of Fame. It is a legit pick no matter how many people try to make fun of a punter getting in.
As for Williams, it was about time. After coming so close the last couple of years I knew it was only a matter of time before Williams would find his name in the list of inductees. He had 55 career interceptions and 151 career passes defensed. He played his entire 14-year career with just two teams. He spent the first 10 in Arizona with the Cardinals and the final four with the St. Louis Rams.
Williams, as I’ve mentioned more than once, was not only a great player but is also a great guy. His induction is well deserved. I’ve told this story a time or two in my life but I love telling it. A few years ago I had the chance to sit one-on-one with Williams and interview him. He was genuinely more interested in what I did as a writer for a fan site than talking about his playing days. That’s who Aeneas Williams is. He is a true talent who cares a lot about others. He was an exciting player to watch. A true great one. Pro football got this one right.