Aeneas deserves his Hall call

Posted by Darren Urban on February 1, 2014 – 9:36 pm

It was great news Saturday when Aeneas Williams was elected to the Hall of Fame. He was deserving, and it was good to see that his talent and performance over the years wasn’t tossed aside because his teams rarely won much. I only got to cover Williams at the end of his Cardinals’ tenure, but he was a great guy. He had had it with the losing in Arizona at the end, which is why he basically forced the trade in 2000 that sent him to St. Louis. He said he was seriously thinking of retirement, and of course, he played four more seasons with the Rams. Williams, now a pastor in St. Louis, probably solidified his Hall-worthiness with that Rams’ stint. But his foundation was made with the Cardinals.

Aeneas had a ton of highlights, like locking down Michael Irvin, or his big interceptions in the 1998 playoffs — against Dallas, or even accidentally ending Steve Young’s career. But one of the big ones I remember is his NFL-record-tying 104-yard fumble return for a touchdown, sparking an improbable home win st Sun Devil Stadium over the Redskins two days before the stadium vote. The vote passed — barely — to create the bonds for University of Phoenix Stadium, and it was hard to feel like that big win didn’t have some impact.

(And some have asked, but it’s a moot point of “whether Williams goes into the Hall as a Cardinal or a Ram.” In football, the busts don’t have any team affiliation. It’s not baseball, where the bust has a hat.)

Looking ahead, there is a chance the Cardinals could have Hall of Famers in back-to-back classes.

Quarterback Kurt Warner is eligible for the first time next season, and many think Warner is a strong Hall of Fame candidate. It’d be interesting to have Warner make it in during a Super Bowl week here in Arizona, where next year’s Super Bowl will nbe held. Then again, Warner might have a tough time getting in during his first chance. There are only a maximum of five modern-era inductees put in every season. In addition to Warner here are some of the first-time eligible players next season: Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, Rams wide receiver Torry Holt, Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce, Rams tackle Orlando Pace and Colts/Cardinals running back Edgerrin James (I didn’t realize they all retired at the same time.)

That doesn’t include the guys who haven’t yet gotten in: Chiefs guard Will Shields, Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown, Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison and Steelers running back Jerome Bettis.


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15 Responses to “Aeneas deserves his Hall call”

  1. By Steve on Feb 1, 2014 | Reply

    My favorite Cardinal of all time! Aeneas was fun to watch and set the standard for being a true professional on and off the field and one of the greatest corners ever to play the game.

  2. By Kauaicardsfan on Feb 2, 2014 | Reply

    Congrats to Aeneas, it was long overdue for him !!! He was the one constant in those horrible years.

    Warner will make it in the first try! He is one of those rags to riches story that will be told in Canton as well !

    Go Cards!!!

  3. By NYCardinals on Feb 2, 2014 | Reply

    I hope its OK to post this video. Its Jack Tatum in 1972 then Aeneas Williams in 2000. You had written about it, and I found it on youtube.

  4. By Derek DeVore on Feb 2, 2014 | Reply

    As a long time Cardinal fan. Meaning one of the 15000 real fans that were fans at ASU stadium every game. I am very happy for Aeneas to make it to the hall. He was one of our Best players for a few years. He deserves this and I am very proud to have seen him make it to this Great accomplishment ! CONGRATS!

  5. By Nick Pepe on Feb 2, 2014 | Reply

    Congratulations Aeneas!!
    And the fact that Tim Brown is not in is a joke. Just my opinion.
    Denver 27
    Seattle 10
    Enjoy your Super Sunday !

    Nick Pepe
    Lifetime Member

  6. By john storts on Feb 2, 2014 | Reply

    Aeneas is Richard Sherman with class and humility. He is a shinning light of how a great competitor and man, can conduct himself on and off the gridiron. Super happy for him.

  7. By Mike G on Feb 2, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is cool!—– Its great that A.Williams made the Hall of Fame. He was a great leader for the Cardinals during those games at Tempe stadium. Always will remember his big playoff game in Dallas in 1998. He was a true pro–and it is always nice to see players make the Hall that may have not of had national exposure or vast playoff success. Its great to see him in—Enjoy the Super Bowl!!!!!!

  8. By Rugbymuffin on Feb 2, 2014 | Reply


    Thanks for listing all the names that will be with Kurt Warner next year…..he is a shoe in, first ballot, HOF’er.

    No one else out of that list of names is more deserving, IMHO.

  9. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Feb 2, 2014 | Reply


  10. By jetstreamgreen81 on Feb 2, 2014 | Reply

    Aenas getting in the Hall of Fame is the way it should be. He should have went in on he first ballot both for his play and the way he carried himself off the field. He was my favorite Arizona Cardinal as Roy Green was my favorite St Louis Cardinal. Great player who I always thought was underrated because he just did his job and didn’t run his mouth like Prime Time. I thought Aenas was just as good a cover corner and he could tackle as well. Glad to see he and Andre Reed get the respect they deserve. Can’t for the Cards to ace the draft and for next season.

  11. By infitzwetrust on Feb 2, 2014 | Reply

    Congrats too Williams!!!

    I feel regardless of how strong the modern candidate list is, Kurt should make it in over all those guys mentioned. His accomplishments coming from an un-drafted position are unmatched.

  12. By Eazy E on Feb 3, 2014 | Reply

    Good for him! God bless the brotha.

  13. By Scott H on Feb 3, 2014 | Reply

    Congratulations to Aeneas on this VERY well-deserved honor. One of THE greatest Cardinals of all time and one of my favorites. Gotta get my # 35 jersey out and celebrate!

    So glad to see the HOF voters get this one right.

  14. By William Barry on Feb 3, 2014 | Reply

    On October 23, 1994, with one of the largest crowds at Sun Devil Stadium, I saw A. Williams play. He is a true competitor, and a Class Act, all the way. Congratulations!!!!!!! I will certainly not miss the HOF induction ceremonies!!!!! From the NY Cardinal blogger, that was a great You-Tube replay of the 104 fumble returns.!!!! Go Cardinals in 2014!!!

  15. By Scott H on Feb 3, 2014 | Reply

    John Storts –

    Excellent point about Williams vs Sherman from a standpoint of CHARACTER and CLASS. Aeneas Williams never had to pound his chest, shriek like a damn maniac, and proclaim that he was the best. For several years of his career, everyone KNEW that Williams was the best – even though he played for losing team. And he never needed to say a word.

    THAT is the difference between Aeneas Williams and Richard Sherman.

    Give me a choice right now between Williams in his prime or Sherman right now. NOT EVEN CLOSE. Give me Williams any day.

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