Pat Williams is Coming Back For More
Last spring, Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams announced that 2010 would be his last season. Yesterday, the 38-year-old defensive tackle told reporters that he would like to play a “couple more years.”
The Vikings had the day off yesterday, but that didn’t stop a quartet of players from brightening the day of a few children at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Led by fellow defensive lineman Kevin Williams and his wife Tasha, three other Vikings’ players – Pat Williams, Fred Evans, and Freddie Brown — visited the hospital to make the rounds and bring some smiles. (Pioneer Press photographer Ben Garvin captured a great moment of Pat Williams and Fred Evans sharing a laugh with a young Packers fan.)
After the visit, Pat Williams spoke with reporters regarding his NFL future.
“I’ll play,” said Williams of next season. “I’ve talked about it, thought about it. I’m still feeling good, I’m still playing good and the game part is easy. So I’m still going to play.”
The Vikings will have a number of contracts to sort out at the end of this season, and in order for anyone to play football next year the NFLPA and the team owners need to reach a consensus on a new collective bargaining agreement. Despite all of this uncertainty, Williams hopes to remain a Viking.
“There’s a lot of guys up [for new contracts] but I’m hoping to play here,” said Williams. “It ain’t all about no money to me. God has blessed me good so I just enjoy playing.”