Feb 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams former cornerback Aeneas Williams is introduced for as an inductee for the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class at the 3rd NFL Honors at Radio Music City Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
If there was a battle for the best corner-back in the 90’s to the early 2000’s only a few names would come to mind, DB’s that played the game the right way with class and few words coming out of their mouths. They were truly considered lock down corners in an era where man-to-man was the primary way of playing the position. When that list gets called out the name Aeneas Williams will undoubtedly be high on that list, right under the names Sanders, Woodson, Green and a few others that are now enshrined in Canton Ohio.
Williams will be finalizing his great football career going into the Hall-of-Fame on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, he will no doubt go in as an Arizona Cardinal after playing nine years with the team from 1991-2000 before being traded to the St. louis Rams where he finished his playing career. The class of 2014 along with Williams features Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, and Michael Strahan, will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during a memorable enshrinement ceremony held at Pro Football Hall of Fame Field.
The last Cardinal player to be enshrined in the Hall-of-Fame was another great corner-back name Roger Wehrli in 2007, and with a short list of other Cardinal greats it has to be an honor for Williams to have done this great feat having played on so many losing Cardinals teams. In his entire nine-year run with the Cardinals he was only part of one winning season in 1998 where the team went 9-7 and made the playoffs led by an over-achieving Jake Plummer. In that playoff game they beat a Cowboys team that was on the decline after dominating the old NFC East division in the 90’s, they won the game in Dallas 20-7 and Williams recorded 2 interceptions in the contest.
Williams was a 3rd round pick in 1991, a star cornerback for 12 seasons before switching to safety with the Rams, named to the Pro Bowl seven times as CB, once as a safety, first career interception came in NFL debut, Five or more picks in a season six times recorded 55 interceptions for 807 yards, 9 TDs, selected to NFL’s All-Decade Team 1990s, well deserved honor and all of the Valley will be excited to see his great career end in the Hall.
The Cardinals franchise has turned the corner from being known as a losing organization, Williams going into Canton is the start as they are about to enshrine a great quarterback Kurt Warner in their ring of honor the first game of the season. They are featured on Monday night Football to start the 2014 season , then the city will book end the season with the pro-bowl and the super-bowl, they have indeed come a long way and congrats to Aeneas Williams, a real class act.