Rams Aeneas Williams selected to Hall of Fame

Rams Aeneas Williams selected to Hall of Fame

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St. Louis Rams safety Aeneas Williams stretches in the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 18, 2004 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The Rams defeated the Bucs 28 to 21 in a Monday Night Football game on ABC. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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by TOM CANAVAN

AP

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Former St. Louis Ram cornerback Aeneas Williams was selected as a member of the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame class.

A walk-on at Southern University, Williams was a shutdown cornerback in his 14 NFL seasons, the first 10 with the Cardinals and the last four with the Rams.

He had 55 career interceptions, getting at least one in every season except his last. He had 5 or more in picks in 6 seasons, with 9 being his best in 1994.

Williams shared the NFL record for longest fumble return with a 104-yarder for a touchdown against Washington in 2000, his last year with the Cardinals. He started at cornerback for the Rams in the 2001 Super Bowl and played safety in his final two seasons.

Others joining Williams in the 2014 Hall of Fame class include New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, receiver Andre Reed, defensive end Claude Humphrey, linebacker Derrick Brooks, offensive tackle Walter Jones and the first punter to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Ray Guy.

Guy turned the punting job into a defensive weapon after he became the first player at his position to be selected in the first round of the draft in 1973. He made “hang time” part of the football vernacular while playing all of his 207 games in 14 seasons with the Raiders.

Induction will be on Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio.

The announcement was made Saturday night at NFL Honors, less than 24 hours before the Denver Broncos meet the Seattle Seahawks in the first Super Bowl in a non-domed stadium in a cold-weather city.

    

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