Aeneas Williams

Aeneas Demetrius Williams (/əˈniːəs/; (born January 29, 1968) is a former American football player, who played with the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Southern University and was drafted in the third round (59th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft.[1] Williams was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Aeneas started out as a cornerback then switched to free safety later in his career.

Aeneas Williams
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Williams during his years with St. Louis.
No. 35
Free safety
Personal information
Born:January 29, 1968 (age 51)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:New Orleans (LA) Fortier
NFL Draft:1991 / Round: 3 / Pick: 59
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:5
Player stats at

Early life

Williams was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended the now defunct Alcee Fortier High School, where he played football on a team with three future NFL players.

College career

Williams attended Southern University, the same school his brother Achilles attended. At Southern, he concentrated on his academics, not playing football until his junior year, as a graduate student. That year, he tied the NCAA Division I-AA record for most interceptions.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
187 lb
(85 kg)
4.57 s 4.30 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
12 reps
All values from NFL Combine[2]

Despite playing only two years in college, Williams' numbers impressed the then-Phoenix Cardinals enough that they selected him in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft, Williams quickly established himself with an exceptional rookie season, tying the NFC lead for interceptions. In 1994, he led the NFL in interceptions with 9. By 1997, Williams had already notched four Pro Bowl appearances and had established himself as the Cardinals' top cornerback, routinely covering the opponents' lead receivers. In the 1998 season, Williams helped the Cardinals win their first playoff game since 1947 by intercepting two passes from Troy Aikman in a 20–7 win over the Dallas Cowboys, and added another interception in the Cardinals 41–21 loss in the divisional round. Despite playing mostly for bad teams (1998 was the only time he played on a winning team during his 10 years in Arizona), Williams was recognized as one of the best cornerbacks in the league, making six Pro Bowls in all as a Cardinal. He 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 2000, he tied an NFL record, held by Jack Tatum of the Oakland Raiders, by returning a fumble (caused by Mark Maddox) 104 yards for a touchdown in a game against the Washington Redskins.

In Week 3 of the 1999 season, in a game played at Sun Devil Stadium and nationally televised on Monday Night Football, Williams delivered the hit which ultimately ended Hall of Fame San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Steve Young's career. Williams came in on a cornerback blitz from Young's blindside and scored a violent but clean hit on Young. Running back Lawrence Phillips was supposed to block Williams, but missed. This left Young unconscious on the field for several minutes. Young suffered a severe concussion that effectively ended his career; he didn't play again for the rest of the season, after which the 49ers all but forced him to retire.

In 2001, Williams was traded to the St. Louis Rams on draft day in exchange for picks in the second and fourth rounds.[3] Due to roster concerns, Williams switched to free safety. As one of the leaders of a much-improved defense, Williams got a chance to play in the postseason for only the second time in his career. In the Rams divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers prior to the Super Bowl, He returned two interceptions from Packers quarterback Brett Favre for touchdowns and recovered a fumble. Then in the NFC title game, he intercepted a pass from Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, with 2 minutes left in regulation, clinching the game and ensuring the Rams' berth in Super Bowl XXXVI. However, the Rams lost that game to the New England Patriots.

After a lackluster season, in which he ended on the injured reserve list, Williams quietly retired during the 2005 offseason. Over his career he accumulated a staggering 12 defensive touchdowns (9 interceptions returned for a touchdown, and 3 fumbles recovered for touchdowns), and 55 career interceptions, cementing his place as one of the most dominating defensive backs of his era. He also recovered 23 fumbles and gained 1,075 total defensive return yards (807 from interceptions and 268 from fumbles). He was also a 4-time All-Pro selection.

Although Williams only played on a playoff team four times in 14 years (three of which were with the Rams), he made the most of his postseason opportunities when they occurred, intercepting 6 passes and recovering one fumble in his first four playoff games.

After Career

Williams was inducted into the Arizona Cardinals' Ring of Honor during the 2008–2009 football season during halftime of the Monday Night Football game against the San Francisco 49ers November 10, 2008.[4] On January 18, 2009, he was chosen to present the George Halas Trophy to the Arizona Cardinals after their victory in the NFC Championship game, resulting in the Cardinals first trip to the Super Bowl. He made his final appearance in a football videogame in NFL Street 2, which was released in 2004.

Williams is currently the founding pastor of Spirit Church in St. Ann, a suburb of St. Louis. He and his wife Tracy have three daughters Saenea (Aeneas spelled backwards), Tirzah, Cheyenne, and a son, Lazarus.[5]

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.[6][7] He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 1, 2014, and inducted on August 2.

On September 24, 2014, Williams was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ "Aeneas Williams". Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "1989 NFL Combine Results". Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Pro Football Weekly Archived February 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Williams to Ring, McKinnon to Hall"
  5. ^ What's up with Aeneas Williams
  6. ^ "Ex-Cardinals defensive back Aeneas Williams a finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame". az central. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  7. ^ Corbett, Jim (February 2, 2013). "Parcells, Carter finally make Pro Football Hall of Fame". USA Today. Retrieved February 2, 2013.

External links

1923 Chicago Bears season

The 1923 Chicago Bears season was their fourth regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a 9–2–1 record under head coach/player George Halas earning them a second-place finish in the team standings earning, the third time in the last four years. As was normal for those days, the Bears played a few games on the road at the beginning of the season and then finished the season with a 9-game homestand. The Bears started very slow, losing 2 of their first 4 games and scoring only 6 points during those games (their two wins were both won 3–0). After losing 6–0 to eventual champion Canton Bulldogs in week 4, the Bears went undefeated after that. Just like in 1922, the Sternaman brothers starred, scoring 5 touchdowns, 6 field goals, and 8 PATs between the two of them. Johnny Bryan emerged as a scoring threat as well, running for 4 scores and passing for another. Most notably, in week 6's game against the Oorang Indians, George Halas set an NFL record with a 98-yard fumble return. Jack Tatum broke it with a 104-yard Fumble Return against the Green Bay Packers in 1972 and Aeneas Williams tied that feat with a 104-yard fumble return against the Redskins in 2000.

1991 NFL Draft

The 1991 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 21–22, 1991, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, New York. On that day, Raghib "Rocket" Ismail from the University of Notre Dame, who was projected as the number one overall pick, instead signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). No teams elected to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

The first six selections of the draft were defensive players. No previous draft had begun with more than three consecutive defensive picks.

1991 Phoenix Cardinals season

The 1991 Phoenix Cardinals season was the 72nd season the team was in the National Football League (NFL). The team failed to improve on their previous output of 5–11, winning only four games. After beginning the season 2–0, the Cardinals suffered a tough schedule and lost their last eight matches to finish 4–12. This was the ninth consecutive season the Cardinals failed to qualify to the playoffs.

The Cardinals’ 196 points scored is the lowest total in franchise history for a 16-game season.

1994 All-Pro Team

The 1994 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1994. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1994 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.

1995 Arizona Cardinals season

The 1995 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 97th season, 76th season in the National Football League, the 8th in Arizona and the second as the Arizona Cardinal. Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg started in his only season with the team. The Cardinals failed to improve upon their 8–8 record from 1994 and finished 4–12, resulting in the firing of head coach Buddy Ryan and his entire staff.

1996 All-Pro Team

The 1996 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1996. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1996 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008. In 1996 the AP added a new position, that of "Fullback", a primarily blocking position.

1996 Arizona Cardinals season

The 1996 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 98th season, 77th season in the National Football League and the 9th in Arizona. The team improved upon their previous output of 4–12, winning seven games. Despite this improvement, the Cardinals failed to qualify to the playoffs for the fourteenth consecutive season.

The low point of the season was providing a notorious New York Jets team with its only win in front of fewer than thirty thousand people. This was the first time the Cardinals had opposed the Jets since 1978. The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.This was Boomer Esiason's only season with the Cardinals as he would re-sign with the Cincinnati Bengals after this season.

1997 All-Pro Team

The 1997 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1997. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1997 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.

1997 Arizona Cardinals season

The 1997 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 99th season, 78th season in the National Football League and the 10th in Arizona. The team was unable to match their previous output of 7–9, instead winning only four games. The Cardinals failed to qualify to the playoffs for the fifteenth consecutive season.

1998 Arizona Cardinals season

The 1998 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 100th season, 79th season in the National Football League and the 11th in Arizona. The club posted its first winning record since 1984, appeared in the postseason for the first time since 1982, its first postseason appearance in a non-strike season since 1975, and won its first postseason game since 1947. It was the Cardinals' first playoff appearance in its tenure in Arizona. After shocking the 10–6 Dallas Cowboys in the opening round in which the Cardinals won 20–7, Arizona ended up losing to the Minnesota Vikings, who won 15 games, 41–21 in the Divisional round. Over the next ten seasons, the Cardinals fell out of contention. They returned to the playoffs following the 2008 season, including a Super Bowl appearance despite a similarly mediocre 9–7 record.

Statistics site Football Outsiders states that the 1998 Arizona Cardinals are the third-worst team behind the 2004 Rams and 2010 Seahawks to qualify for the NFL playoffs since they began calculating ratings. Ironically, all three of those teams won their first playoff games, before falling in the divisional round. Football Outsiders calls the 1998 Cardinals

1999 Arizona Cardinals season

The 1999 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 101st season, 80th season in the National Football League and the 12th in Arizona.. The team was unable to match their previous output of 9–7, instead winning only six games. The Cardinals will fail to return to the playoffs until the 2008 season.

2000 Pro Bowl

The 2000 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 1999 season. The game was played on February 6, 2000 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii Attendance— 50,112. The game was broadcast by ABC with a running time of three hours and sixteen minutes. The final score was NFC 51, AFC 31. The AFC coach was Tom Coughlin of Jacksonville.

The NFC coach was Tony Dungy of Tampa Bay. Randy Moss of the Minnesota Vikings was the game's MVP with 9 catches for 212 yards and one touchdown.

The referee was Tom White.

2001 St. Louis Rams season

The 2001 St. Louis Rams season was the 64th season for the team in the National Football League and seventh season in St. Louis. The Rams set a franchise record for wins in a season (14), while also going a perfect 8–0 on the road. Quarterback Kurt Warner would go on to win his second league MVP award. Along with Warner's 1999 MVP award and Marshall Faulk's 2000 award, the Rams had amassed the last three NFL MVP awards.

The Rams also became the first team in NFL history to open three consecutive seasons with six straight wins and the first to score 500 or more points in three consecutive seasons.

The Rams returned to the Super Bowl for a second time after shockingly winning their first title 2 years before, but this time against the 11-5 New England Patriots, led by Bill Belichick and sophomore quarterback Tom Brady. The Rams lost 17–20 and were expected by many to win their 2nd Super Bowl title. This was the Rams' last Super Bowl appearance until the 2018 season, when they defeated the Saints 26–23 in the NFC Championship game. By that time the Rams would be based in Los Angeles after relocating from St. Louis in 2016.

This was also the final season with the Rams as "The Greatest Show on Turf" as Kurt Warner struggled the following two seasons with the team. He was then replaced by Marc Bulger.

Aeneas (disambiguation)

Aeneas was a Trojan hero in Virgil's Aeneid and Homer's Iliad.

Aeneas may also refer to:

Biblical or mythological characters:

Aeneas (biblical figure), a paralyzed man cured by Saint Peter in the Acts of the Apostles

Aeneas Silvius, mythological king of Alba LongaPeople:

Aeneas Tacticus (fl. 4th century BC), Greek military writer

Aeneas of Gaza (died c. 518), philosopher

Aeneas of Paris (died 870), Bishop of Paris

Aeneas de Caprara (1631–1701), Austrian field marshal

Æneas Munson (1734–1826), American physician and Yale Medical School professor

Æneas Shaw (c. 1740–1814), soldier and politician of Upper Canada

Aeneas Chisholm (vicar apostolic) (1759–1818), Scottish Roman Catholic bishop

Aeneas Coffey (1780–1852), inventor of the Coffey still

Aeneas Chisholm (bishop of Aberdeen) (1836–1918), Scottish Roman Catholic bishop

Æneas Baron Mackay (1839–1909), Prime Minister of the Netherlands

Aeneas Mackintosh (1879–1916), Antarctic explorer and British merchant navy officer

Aeneas Gallant (1882–1971), Canadian farmer, merchant and politician

Æneas MacKenzie (1889–1962), Hollywood screenwriter

Aeneas Chigwedere (born 1939), Zimbabwean politician

Aeneas Williams (born 1968), American National Football League playerPlaces:

Aeneas, Washington, an unincorporated area in the American state of Washington

Aeneas, an impact crater of Saturn's moon DioneShips:

HMS Aeneas (P427), Royal Navy submarine

Aeneas (troopship), a ship owned by the British government and wrecked in 1805Other uses:

Aeneas Internet and Telephone, a telecommunications provider serving the state of Tennessee

Aeneas, a GNU software package substituted by GNU Archimedes on May 2012

Jack Buck Award

Jack Buck Award is an award named after former St. Louis broadcaster Jack Buck and presented by the Missouri Athletic Club. This award was established in 1987 and is presented to individuals in recognition of enthusiastic and dedicated support of sports in the city of St. Louis, Missouri.

1987 – August A. Busch, Jr., former brewer, prominent sportsman, and owner of the St. Louis Cardinals

1988 – Ben Kerner, Bing Devine

1989 – Joe Garagiola and Yogi Berra, national baseball figures and former catchers originally from St. Louis

1990 – Robert Hyland

1991 – Michael Shanahan, NFL football coach

1992 – Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Famer

1993 – Michael Roarty, Anheuser-Busch marketing executive

1994 – Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Famer

1995 – Thomas Eagleton, United States Senator from Missouri

1996 – Bill DeWitt, Fred Hanser, Drew Baur, St. Louis Cardinals owners and executives

1997 – Martin L. Mathews, co-founder the Mathews-Dickey Boys' Club

1998 – Red Schoendienst, St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Famer

1999 – Charles Nash

2000 – Mr. and Mrs. Mike Jones, former St. Louis Rams who made the tackle that ended Super Bowl XXXIV

2001 – Flint Fowler

2002 – Walt Jocketty, St. Louis Cardinals general manager (1994-2007)

2003 – Jerry Clinton, boxing aficionado who helped St. Louis regain an NFL team

2004 – Tony LaRussa, St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Famer

2005 – Jay Randolph, sportscaster

2006 – St. Louis Cardinals

2007 – John Davidson, St. Louis Blues president of hockey operations and former goaltender

2008 – Kelly Chase, former St. Louis Blues player

2010 – Ernie Hays, former St. Louis Cardinals organist

2012 – Steven Jackson, former St. Louis Rams Pro Bowl running back

2013 – Aeneas Williams, former St. Louis Rams All-Pro cornerback

2015 – Dave Peacock, former president of Anheuser-Busch

List of National Football League career interceptions leaders

This is the list of National Football League (NFL) players, who have recorded at least 50 interceptions.

Los Angeles Rams awards

This page details awards won by the Los Angeles Rams American football team. The Rams were formerly based in St. Louis (1995–2015) and Cleveland (1936–1942, 1944–1945), as well as Los Angeles (1946–1994, 2016–present).

Los Angeles Rams statistics

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Southern Jaguars football

The Southern Jaguars are the National football team representing the Southern University. The Jaguars play in NCAA Division I Football Championship as a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Jaguars started collegiate football in 1916, and played in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference before joining the SWAC in 1934.

Every year, they play their last regular season game against Grambling in the Bayou Classic in New Orleans, Louisiana in late November.

Aeneas Williams—awards and honors

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