Aeneas Demetrius Williams is an American former professional football player who was a cornerback and safety in the National Football League for 14 seasons, primarily with the Arizona Cardinals franchise.
25 Facts About Aeneas Williams
Aeneas Williams played college football for the Southern Jaguars and was selected in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Cardinals, where he spent 10 seasons.
Aeneas Williams was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
Aeneas Williams was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Lawrence and Lillian Aeneas Williams.
Aeneas Williams is the youngest of 3 brothers, Malcolm and Achilles.
Aeneas Williams attended the now defunct Alcee Fortier High School, where he played football on a team with three future NFL players: Maurice Hurst, Kevin Lewis, and Ashley Ambrose.
Aeneas Williams was selected to the all district team as a strong safety that season.
Aeneas Williams was not offered a scholarship when he graduated high school.
Aeneas Williams attended Southern University, the same school his brother Achilles attended, planning to simply get his accounting degree.
Aeneas Williams started out playing mostly on special teams, but made the starting lineup in the 5th game.
Aeneas Williams kept his involvement with the football team a secret from his family until he made the travel squad for the 2nd game of the season.
In 1990, Aeneas Williams stayed on the team as a graduate student and fifth year senior in order to improve his draft status.
Aeneas Williams made the ALL SAC team again and tied the Division I-AA, record for most interceptions with eleven.
Aeneas Williams finished his college career with 20 interceptions and 28 pass deflections.
Aeneas Williams's numbers impressed the then-Phoenix Cardinals enough that they selected him in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft, Aeneas Williams quickly established himself with an exceptional rookie season, tying the NFC lead for interceptions.
Aeneas Williams is regarded as one of the best defenders and players in Cardinals history, as well as one of the greatest shutdown corners of all time.
In Week 3 of the 1999 season, in a game played at Sun Devil Stadium and nationally televised on Monday Night Football, Aeneas Williams delivered the hit which ultimately ended Hall of Fame San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Steve Young's career.
Aeneas Williams came in on a cornerback blitz from Young's blindside and scored a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on Young.
In 2001, Aeneas Williams was traded to the St Louis Rams on draft day in exchange for picks in the second and fourth rounds.
Aeneas Williams recovered 23 fumbles and gained 1,075 total defensive return yards.
Aeneas Williams made his final appearance in a football videogame in NFL Street 2, which was released in 2004.
Aeneas Williams is currently the founding pastor of Spirit Church in St Ann, a suburb of St Louis.
Aeneas Williams was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame classes of 2012 and 2013 but did not get voted in on the final ballots both times.
Aeneas Williams was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 1,2014, and inducted on August 2.
On September 24,2014, Aeneas Williams was inducted into the St Louis Sports Hall of Fame.