Pro Bowler Pat Williams to officially retire with Vikings
The 40-year-old Pat Williams hasn’t played in football since 2010. During his 14-year NFL career, Pat Williams showcased some of his best performances with the Minnesota Vikings, who signed him as the first free agent off the market ahead of the 2005 season. From there, Pat Williams paired up with Kevin Williams to form one of the better interior line tandems of the last decade, as the Minnesota Vikings led the league in rushing defense for three consecutive seasons through 2006-07.
“He’s one of the great all-time leaders and great all-time players here for the Minnesota Vikings,” Rick Spielman said of Pat Williams, who also made all three of his Pro Bowl selections with the Minnesota Vikings.
Coming out of Texas A&M as an undrafted free agent in 1997, Pat Williams spent his first eight seasons in the league with the Buffalo Bills. For the initial four seasons, Pat Williams remained in a reserve role, before stepping into the starting lineup upfront in 2001. Pat Williams was a mainstay with the Buffalo Bills, missing juts one start over the next four regular season, until his move to Minnesota.
Pat Williams was a solid run stopper for the Minnesota Vikings as he racked up 7.5 sacks over the next six seasons. After finding the Minnesota Vikings didn’t intend to bring him back next season, Pat Williams hoped to finish his career elsewhere. When Pat Williams remained unsigned ahead of the 2011 season, it automatically paved way to an unplanned retirement for him.
Now, the Minnesota Vikings will announce Pat Williams’ signing to a one-year contract at the team's draft party Thursday at the Metrodome. He will be released on Friday to retire as a Minnesota Vikings player.