Friday, September 20, 2013
Milestone for Vikings' Kevin Williams
By Ben Goessling
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- When he starts his 158th career game on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, defensive tackle Kevin Williams will pass Hall of Famer Alan Page for the most starts in Minnesota Vikings history by a defensive tackle.
He will still trail Jim Marshall (270) and Carl Eller (201) for the most starts by a defensive lineman, but considering the defensive linemen the Vikings have had in their history -- from the Purple People Eaters to Chris Doleman and John Randle to Jared Allen -- Williams is in some elite company.
"It's quite a feat," coach Leslie Frazier said. "We're looking forward to watching him play (Sunday). Just a class guy in so many ways."
Williams voided the final year of his contract in exchange for the Vikings guaranteeing his 2013 deal, so he will be a free agent after the season. The six-time Pro Bowler could be in his final year with the team, considering he took a pay cut this season and the Vikings have rookie Sharrif Floyd, but Williams' absence in Week 1 was a reminder of how much the Vikings still need him. And for his part, Williams said he doesn't want to play anywhere else.
"I was excited to still be here this year, and hopefully, to play next year here," he said. "I have no intentions of going anywhere else. I would love to finish here."
So what's the secret to his longevity?
"I don't know," he said. "Maybe being breast-fed (as a baby) helps a lot. You get the best nutrients that way."