CANTON, OH - AUGUST 6: Fans wait to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame prior to the induction ceremony on August 6, 2011 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Aeneas Williams provided Arizona Cardinals with lots of great memories. On Saturday, he may provide them with yet another when the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame class is announced.
Hall of Fame Saturday will take place the day before Super Bowl XLVI, when the NFL will announce who among the finalists will comprise the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. These lucky few will be enshrined in the Hall in August, as a means of kicking off the 2012 football season.
One of the finalists and potential inductees has deep ties to the Arizona Cardinals franchise. Former cornerback and free safety Aeneas Williams played with the Phoenix and Arizona Cardinals from 1991 until 200, before finishing his career with four seasons on the St. Louis Rams from 2001-2004.
Williams was a third-round draft pick in 1991 and had quite a career in the NFL. He was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, with eight of those appearances representing the Cardinals franchise. He was also a four-time First-Team All-Pro selection, won the Bart Starr Man of the Year Award in 1999 and was named to the 1990s All-Decade Team. He finished his career with 795 tackles, 55 interceptions and nine touchdowns. His two interceptions of Troy Aikman passes in 1998 helped spur the Cardinals to their first playoff win in over 40 years.
It is safe to say that Williams is well-remembered and well-loved by Cardinals fans. He is one of the greatest defenders in Arizona franchise history and one of the most dominant cornerbacks of all time. If all goes well, he will soon be a member of the 2012 class of Hall of Fame inductees.