The Minnesota Vikings will induct former DT Kevin Williams into the club’s Ring of Honor in 2021.
“We are so proud to have Kevin Williams take his place in the Vikings Ring of Honor this fall,” said Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf. “He was one of the greatest defensive players in team history, and he very much deserves this honor.”
“Kevin’s impact on the Vikings during his 11 seasons went well beyond his play on the field,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “His lead-by-example approach, toughness and production made him a highly respected teammate and set the tone for some of the best defenses in team history.”
Williams was the #9 overall draft pick in 2003 and went on to earn All-Rookie honors and set the team rookie record with 3.0 sacks in a game at Arizona. He went on to start every game he played for the Vikings over his 11 seasons, 177 games including playoffs. Williams played in 2014 with Seattle and 2015 with New Orleans, starting in Super Bowl XLIX for Seattle. For his NFL career, Williams started 202 of his 212 games, including playoffs.
Williams was brought to the team facility yesterday and surprised by the news:
Williams earned Associated Press 1st-Team All-Pro honors in five seasons (2004, 2006-09), was named to the NFL’s Team of the Decade for the 2000s and had six Pro Bowl berths (2004, 2006-10). Williams and John Randle are tied for 2nd in team history for Pro Bowl berths by DTs (6) behind only Alan Page’s 9 honors. Williams’ 60.0 sacks as a Viking rank behind only Randle and Page among DTs and he is tied for the franchise record with four defensive touchdowns (2 INTs, 2 FRs). As a cornerstone of the Vikings defense, Williams led a unit that ranked #1 in NFL run defense in three consecutive seasons (2006-08), the first time a defense achieved the feat since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
The addition brings the Vikings Ring of Honor to 26 members. Current members include: Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Fred Zamberletti, Jim Marshall, Ron Yary, Korey Stringer, Mick Tingelhoff, Carl Eller, Cris Carter, Bill Brown, Jerry Burns, Randall McDaniel, Chuck Foreman, John Randle, Scott Studwell, Chris Doleman, Matt Blair, Joey Browner, Ahmad Rashad, Randy Moss, Dennis Green and Steve Jordan.
VIKINGS ALL-TIME SACKS BY DEFENSIVE TACKLES
John Randle…….. 114.0
Alan Page……….. 108.0
Kevin Williams….. 60.0
VIKINGS ALL-TIME PRO BOWL BERTHS BY DEFENSIVE TACKLES
Alan Page……………… 9
John Randle…………… 6
Kevin Williams………. 6
VIKINGS ALL-TIME 1ST-TEAM ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-PRO BY DEFENSIVE TACKLES
Alan Page……………… 6
John Randle…………… 6
Kevin Williams………. 5
(info and photo courtesy of Vikings)