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The legacy of one of the greatest lockdown corners ever

For some of the younger NFL fans, the name Aeneas Williams might not be all that familiar, but it should be. According to many, the cornerback/safety was one of the best to ever play in the league.

During his college years, Williams was a walk-on at Southern University and in his senior season he led the entire nation in interceptions.

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Williams was drafted by the then-Phoenix Cardinals in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft and made an immediate impact. The cornerback played in 15 of 16 games for a total of six interceptions and took third place in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting.

Aeneas Williams reported to the NFL

Aeneas Williams continued to make a name for himself as one of the top cornerbacks/safeties in the league. In 1994, he had nine total interceptions (a career high) in his 16 games and was nominated for the Pro Bowl. This was the first of six consecutive nominations.

During those six years, Williams didn’t miss a single game and managed to catch 30 interceptions. He developed a reputation for being an absolute ball hawk.

August 2, 2014Aeneas Williams was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Williams finished his career with 55 interceptions and was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.

Williams registered one interception in every season he played in the NFL save for his last in the 2004 campaign. His talents weren’t just for the regular season, either. In his career, Williams played six playoff games and caught six interceptions in those games.

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The superstar Safety played a total of 14 years in the league. Ten of those were with the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals and four with the St. Louis Rams.

The cornerback also had a really impressive list of records. At the time of his induction into the Hall of Fame in 2004, Williams was the first with the longest fumble returned for a touchdown (104 yards). He finished second with most interceptions returned for a touchdown in a career (nine).

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In the playoffs, he held the record for most consecutive games with an interception (four). Williams was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in February 2014 and enshrined in August of that year.

The star cornerback ended his successful career after playing 211 games, notching 55 interceptions and notching nine touchdowns. He also had a combined tackle count of 793.

He is an eight-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro, member of the Hall of Fame All-2010’s Team and in the NFL Hall of Fame.



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