Does Arizona Cardinals DB Aeneas Williams Deserve Induction Into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014?
In the 1990s there were some incredibly good cornerbacks in the NFL, including Deion Sanders and Rod Woodson. That being said, Aeneas Williams is likely the forgotten one since he played for the then-Phoenix Cardinals (currently the Arizona Cardinals); they were consistently one of the worst teams in football. They always struggled to sell out then home at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., due to lack of talent on the field and near 100-degree games week in, week out. Williams finished his career with the St. Louis Rams and played in Super Bowl XXXVI, coming up just short, losing to the New England Patriots 20-17.
Williams had a total of 55 interceptions throughout his career, returning nine of them for touchdowns. Besides creating several turnovers for his offense, on Monday Night Football he delivered a violent, hard hit to San Francisco 49ers legendary quarterback Steve Young, and it was such a hard hit that Young was motionless for several minutes and was later diagnosed with a severe concussion that ultimately ended his playing career.
What’s amazing about Williams is that he went to tiny Southern University for college, and he focused on academics first; he didn’t play until he was a senior in college an was working on Graduate school, and he still broke the then-FCS record for most interceptions in a career.
All in all, Williams got a raw deal by not getting elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013, and he deserves to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, in 2014.