AENEAS WILLIAMS

AENEAS WILLIAMS

Class of 2014
Cornerback/Safety >>> 5-11, 194
(Southern University)
1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-2004 St. Louis Rams

Aeneas Demetrius Williams ... Cardinals' 3rd round pick, 1991 … Starred at cornerback for 12 seasons before switching to safety … Named to Pro Bowl seven times as CB, once as S … First career interception came in NFL debut … Five or more picks in a season six times … Recorded 55 interceptions for 807 yards, 9 TDs … Then-record 104-yard fumble return vs. Redskins, 2000 … Selected to NFL's All-Decade Team 1990s … Born January 29, 1968 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Aeneas Williams was a walk-on at Southern University and by his senior season he led the nation in interceptions. That was a precursor of what was to come. The Phoenix Cardinals drafted Williams in the third round, 59th player overall, of the 1991 NFL Draft.

Over the next 10 seasons with the Cardinals and four final years with the St. Louis Rams he established himself as one of the finest defensive backs ever to play. Williams starred at cornerback for the first 12 years of his career before he was moved to safety. He earned Pro Bowl nods at both positions, seven times at cornerback and once as a safety.

Williams had an impressive rookie season in 1991. He had his first career pick in his NFL debut, a game in which he also deflected four passes. He finished the year tied for the most interceptions in the NFC with six. Williams also recorded 17 passes defensed and added 48 tackles. For his efforts he was named the NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year by the NFL Players Association.

He earned a Pro Bowl nod and All-NFC acclaim for the first time in 1994 when he added another conference interception title with a career-high nine interceptions. Williams was also named first-team All-NFC in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2001. He was selected to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s.

Williams recorded an interception in every season but his last and had five or more picks in a season six times. He led the Cardinals in interceptions seven times and was the Rams leading interceptor in 2003. In all, he registered 55 interceptions which he returned for 807 yards. His nine pick-sixes tied him for second all-time at the time of his retirement. He also shared the NFL record for longest fumble return. He recovered a fumble on the opening drive and raced 104 yards for a touchdown to spur an upset of the Washington Redskins on Nov. 5, 2000.

His knack for the football was not only reserved for the regular season. He recorded an interception in a record four straight postseason games during a span from 1998 to 2001. Williams started at left cornerback for St. Louis in the 2001 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XXXVI.


     
Year Team G No. Yds. Avg. TD
1991 Phoenix 16 6 60 10.0 0
1992 Phoenix 16 3 25 8.3 0
1993 Phoenix 16 2 87 43.5 1
1994 Arizona 16 9 89 9.9 0
1995 Arizona 16 6 86 14.3 2
1996 Arizona 16 6 89 14.8 1
1997 Arizona 16 6 95 15.8 2
1998 Arizona 16 1 15 15.0 0
1999 Arizona 16 2 5 2.5 0
2000 Arizona 16 5 102 20.4 0
2001 St. Louis 16 4 69 17.3 2
2002 St. Louis 6 1 3 3.0 0
2003 St. Louis 16 4 82 20.5 1
2004 St. Louis 13 -- -- -- --
Career Total 211 55 807 14.7 9
Additional Career Statistics: Sacks: 3.0; Fumble Recovery for TD: 3;

Championship Games

2001 NFCSt. Louis Rams 29, Philadelphia Eagles 24
Williams started at left cornerback. He had seven tackles and one assist. He also had one interception for zero yards and two passes defensed.

Super Bowls

Super Bowl XXXVI – New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17
Williams started at left cornerback. He had three tackles and two assists.

All-Pro: 1995 (AP, PFWA, SN) • 1996 (PFWA) • 1997 (AP, PFWA, SN) • 2001 (AP, PFWA, SN)

All-Pro Second Team: 1994 (AP) • 1996 (AP)

All-NFC: 1994 (UPI) • 1995 (UPI, PW) • 1996 (UPI, PW) • 1997 (PW) • 2001 (PW)

All honors earned at cornerback

(8) – 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004

(at time of his retirement following 2004 season)

• [Tied for 1st] Longest Fumble Return – 104 (vs. Washington, Nov. 5, 2000)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdown, Career – 9

Postseason Records

• [1st] Most Consecutive Game with an Interception – 4 (1998-2001)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdown, Game – 2 (vs. Green Bay, Jan. 20, 2002)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdown, Career – 2

Pro Bowl Records

• [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdown, Game – 1 (2000)

Cardinals records held by Williams
(Records through the 2000 season, Williams' final season with Arizona)

• [1st] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdown, Career – 6
• [1st] Longest Fumble Return – 104t (vs. Washington, Nov. 5, 2000)
• [2nd] Most Interceptions, Career – 46
• [2nd] Most Interception Return Yardage, Career – 653
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Interceptions Returned for Touchdown, Season – 2 (1995, 1997)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Opponents Fumbles Returned for Touchdown, Career – 2
• [3rd] Most Consecutive Games Played, Career – 160

Postseason Records

• [1st] Most Interceptions, Game – 2 (at Dallas, Jan. 2, 1999)
• [1st] Most Interception Return Yardage, Game – 47 (at Minnesota, Jan. 10, 1999)
• [1st] Longest Interception Return, Game – 47 (at Minnesota, Jan. 10, 1999)

Rams records held by Williams
(Records through the 2004 season, Williams' final season with St. Louis)

• [Tied for 2nd] Most Opponents Fumbles Returned for Touchdown, Career – 1

Postseason Records

• [Tied for 1st] Most Interceptions, Game – 2 (vs. Green Bay, Jan. 20, 2002)
• [Tied for 1st] Most Consecutive Games with an Interceptions– 2 (2001)
• [Tied for 3rd] Most Interceptions, Career – 4

NFL Statistical Championships
Interception Titles: 1994

NFC Statistical Championships
Interception Titles: 1991, 1994

Team Statistical Championships
Interception Titles: 1991 C, 1994 C, 1995 C, 1996 C, 1997 C, 1999 C, 2000 C, 2003 S

C Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals S St. Louis Rams

• 1990s All-Decade Team
• NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year (NFLPA)
• 1997 Defensive Back of the Year (NFL Alumni)

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1991 Phoenix Cardinals 4 12 0 (5th)
1992 Phoenix Cardinals 4 12 0 (5th)
1993 Phoenix Cardinals 7 9 0 (4th)
1994 Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 (3rd)
1995 Arizona Cardinals 4 12 0 (5th)
1996 Arizona Cardinals 7 9 0 (4th)
1997 Arizona Cardinals 4 12 0 (5th)
1998 Arizona Cardinals 9 7 0 (2nd)
1999 Arizona Cardinals 6 10 0 (4th)
2000 Arizona Cardinals 3 13 0 (5th)
2001 St. Louis Rams 14 2 0 (1st)
2002 St. Louis Rams 7 9 0 (2nd)
2003 St. Louis Rams 12 4 0 (1st)
2004 St. Louis Rams 8 8 0 (2nd)
Full Name: Aeneas Demetrius Williams

Birthdate: January 29, 1968

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

High School: Alcee Fortier (New Orleans, LA)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: February 1, 2014

Other Members of Class of 2014: Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan

Pro Career: 14 seasons, 211 games

Drafted: 3rd round (59th player overall) of 1991 draft by the Phoenix Cardinals

Uniform: 35

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