Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Aeneas Williams addresses Vikings
By Kevin Seifert
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- I ventured over to the Minnesota Vikings' training camp Wednesday to gather information for a future (award-winning, game-changing) post and was surprised when the team stood in its post-practice huddle for upwards of 10 minutes. The group was about 100 yards away, and all I could see was a man moving purposefully in the middle. Based on the volume of his voice, I assumed linebackers coach Mike Singletary had blown a gasket.
As it turned out, the man in the middle was longtime NFL defensive back Aeneas Williams, who is now a pastor and a public speaker whom the Vikings invited to speak to their rookies during a scheduled life skills seminar Wednesday.
"I don't know if there is a better example of how to handle the NFL and then life off the field than him," coach Leslie Frazier said.
Frazier has known Williams since the mid-1990's, when Williams was playing for the Arizona Cardinals and Frazier was an intern coach under then Cardinals coach Buddy Ryan.
"We've kept in touch," Frazier said. "... His credibility as a player and then what he's doing now, we thought it would be a plus for our rookies to take them through how to handle life skills."