April 23, 2014

Aeneas Williams get hall call, Will Shields left out

Aeneas Williams, who played for the St. Louis Rams from 2001-2004, has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was announced on February 1, 2014. Williams, a cornerback, appeared in eight pro bowls and was voted to the NFL 1990's All-Decade team.   UPI/St. Louis Rams

Aeneas Williams, who played for the St. Louis Rams from 2001-2004, has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it was announced on February 1, 2014. Williams, a cornerback, appeared in eight pro bowls and was voted to the NFL 1990′s All-Decade team. UPI/St. Louis Rams

Aeneas Williams, who played for the Rams and Arizona Cardinals, was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Williams was an eight-time Pro Bowl choice and a three-time All-Pro selection. Williams, who played cornerback and safety in his career, finished with 55 career interceptions, nine of which he returned for touchdowns.

His career interception total was higher than those of Deion Sanders (53) and Darrell Green (54), both Hall of Famers.

“My wife and I, when we got the call, tears of joy fell down just thanking God for this opportunity. Thank you,” Williams said.

STATEMENT FROM RAMS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS KEVIN DEMOFF ON AENEAS WILLIAMS HALL OF FAME SELECTION

“On behalf of the St. Louis Rams, I’d like to congratulate Aeneas on this well-deserved honor. Aeneas’s four seasons in a Rams uniform capped off his Hall of Fame career, playing a key role in helping the club reach the franchise’s third Super Bowl. While his play alone earned him this honor, Aeneas is also a Hall of Fame person. He remains extremely active in the St. Louis community and the Rams are grateful for the way he continues to contribute to our city and our organization.”

Former Chiefs guard Will Shields told KCChiefs.com that  despite not being part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2014 Class, he’s grateful to be mentioned among the greats of the game.

“It’s a great honor to be on that list,” Shields said. “Me not getting in doesn’t tarnish anything that’s been done over the 14 years of my career. It’s still a positive thing. It’s okay. There’s nothing I can do to change it. There are a lot of great guys that have played and had great careers on the field and some of them had great careers off the field. All I can say is I put my best foot forward and did everything I possibly could, on the field and off the field. My goal was to be the best teammate, the best player to always end up in the top-tier of what I did and then everything else falls into place after that. That’s sort of the way I looked at my career. Every day I stepped on the field, I wanted to be the best player I could be, on that day, and then after that, whatever happens, happens; I can’t control anything beyond that. I can control my little space, helping out my tackle or helping out my center, or those kind of things, and beyond that, I really can’t control the other pieces. I’ve done what I can do and I have to let the chips fall where they may.”