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Pat Williams to retire with Vikings

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Defensive tackle Pat Williams will officially retire as a member of the Vikings after signing a one-day contract on Thursday, general manager Rick Spielman said.

The 40-year-old Williams played 14 NFL seasons, and some of his best work came with Minnesota, with whom he played for 2005 through 2010. Pat Williams and Kevin Williams gave the Vikings one of the better interior line tandems of the previous decade.

“He’s one of the great all-time leaders and great all-time players here for the Minnesota Vikings,” Spielman said Tuesday of Pat Williams, who made three Pro Bowls with the Vikings.

Pat Williams played collegiately at Texas A&M and went undrafted in 1997, signing with Buffalo. After playing reserve role for his first four NFL seasons, the 6-3, 317-pound Williams would enter the starting lineup in 2001. He was a regular for four seasons with Buffalo before moving on to Minnesota. Pat Williams has not appeared in an NFL game since 2010.

When out of football in 2011, a two-game suspension given to Pat Williams for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs passed, a quiet ending to a long legal fight involving a tainted diet drug. In 2011, Pat Williams told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he spent nearly $1 million in legal fees in his defense.

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39 Responses to “Pat Williams to retire with Vikings”
  1. acmepackers says: Apr 23, 2013 5:12 PM

    Great player. Great career. Everyone in Cheeseland knows it too. Well done, sir.

  2. inyofaceagain says: Apr 23, 2013 5:15 PM

    Big Pat was so great! Ultimate run stopper!

    If the Saints weren’t paying eachother to injure opposing QB’s he would have a Superbowl ring.
    All good tho, Pat can hold his head high because he was one of the best ever at what he did.

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 23, 2013 5:16 PM

    Why would anyone want to retire a Viking?

  4. davetexansfan says: Apr 23, 2013 5:22 PM

    On snap. So are the Vikings gonna draft a replacement DT with one of their 1st round picks??? Ahhhhh I can’t waittttt

  5. daysend564 says: Apr 23, 2013 5:26 PM

    He’s now ready to sit out his games for PEDs.

  6. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 23, 2013 5:28 PM

    Has anyone ever retired as a Viking that actually has a ring?

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 23, 2013 5:30 PM

    Pat saw pictures of the new uniforms and decided he’d had enough.

  8. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Apr 23, 2013 5:31 PM

    Has thetokyosandblaster EVER made a comment on PFT that wasn’t negative and condescending?

  9. Logicalvoice says: Apr 23, 2013 5:33 PM

    He was too good to play for the Redskins. Too smart as well…

  10. vik3z says: Apr 23, 2013 5:34 PM

    I miss the days where teams would give up running the football on us after the first quarter. Pat was one of the best run stuffing DTs of all time and an all time Viking. Great guy, great career.

  11. prmpft says: Apr 23, 2013 5:34 PM

    he should keep looking over his shoulder – goodell will probably still stalk him for evading the “iron fist” of the nfl…

  12. bvolke says: Apr 23, 2013 5:35 PM

    I’m surprised he didn’t want to retire as a Bill. He was drafted there and the fans loved him.

  13. biasedhomer says: Apr 23, 2013 5:37 PM

    The Williams Wall

    That could stop any RB

  14. 27xplayoffs says: Apr 23, 2013 5:37 PM

    @davetexas – Pat has been out of football since 2010. Although his replacements haven’t really panned out, so addressing that in the draft might be a good idea…

  15. micker716 says: Apr 23, 2013 5:39 PM

    Couldn’t believe it when the Bill’s let him walk. Friggin’ Tom Donahoe.

  16. mnjoemama says: Apr 23, 2013 5:40 PM

    Big pat rules !! Go vikes

  17. Logicalvoice says: Apr 23, 2013 5:44 PM

    Fat Pat knocking down a RB with one arm… aww the memories…

  18. wludford says: Apr 23, 2013 5:47 PM

    Great player, glad to see him retire as a Viking. Now let’s go find another DT like him…

  19. rtl1984 says: Apr 23, 2013 6:07 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Apr 23, 2013 5:28 PM
    Has anyone ever retired as a Viking that actually has a ring?

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    Favre.

  20. jason49er says: Apr 23, 2013 6:14 PM

    bvolke says:
    Apr 23, 2013 5:35 PM
    I’m surprised he didn’t want to retire as a Bill. He was drafted there and the fans loved him.
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    Except he went undrafted.

  21. bryguy39 says: Apr 23, 2013 6:29 PM

    Glad to Hear, Phat Pat! Thanks for the Memories! Good player Good Career!

  22. seahawkfan4evr says: Apr 23, 2013 6:32 PM

    CHAMPIONSHIP

  23. longsufferingbillsfan says: Apr 23, 2013 6:33 PM

    Big Pat is one of the most underrated players in history. Wish him the best.

  24. axespray says: Apr 23, 2013 6:36 PM

    Still can’t believe a guy could be that friggin’ wide.

  25. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 23, 2013 6:42 PM

    It would only make sense for the Vikings to draft Sylvester Williams and Jesse Williams to replace Pat and Kevin.

  26. taintedsaints2009 says: Apr 23, 2013 6:51 PM

    atta boy big Pat!

  27. albertmn says: Apr 23, 2013 7:03 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 23, 2013 5:28 PM

    Has anyone ever retired as a Viking that actually has a ring?

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    Off the top of my head, Favre. Although, I am sure there are others as well.

  28. GenXJay says: Apr 23, 2013 7:18 PM

    take it easy on Tokyo & filthy.
    One is actually Jen Sterger & the other is her new jealous boy toy.

  29. onbucky96 says: Apr 23, 2013 7:21 PM

    Time for Star Caps. As a supplement of course…not.

  30. kevinwi says: Apr 23, 2013 8:13 PM

    as Childress once said. Pat was big enough to eat hay and s**t in the street.

  31. geicocaveman says: Apr 23, 2013 8:31 PM

    I wonder how long it will be until Seattle overplays and signs Pat to a 1 day contract to retire as a Seahawk?

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 23, 2013 9:11 PM

    kevinwi says:
    Apr 23, 2013 8:13 PM
    as Childress once said. Pat was big enough to eat hay and s**t in the street.

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    You could say the same about Viking cheerleaders.

  33. barroomhero80 says: Apr 23, 2013 9:15 PM

    You could say that about all women in Wisconsin filthymcidiot

  34. purpblooded says: Apr 23, 2013 9:57 PM

    Hey tokey and filth……your team better draft a whole new D and an O line, or your whole season will look like your playoff game against the 9ers. HUMILIATED!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. doe22us says: Apr 23, 2013 10:02 PM

    $1m in legal fees this is the case where it probably would have been cheaper serve that suspension. Once again the lawyers made out like bandits.

  36. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 23, 2013 10:16 PM

    purpblooded says:
    Apr 23, 2013 9:57 PM
    Hey tokey and filth……your team better draft a whole new D and an O line, or your whole season will look like your playoff game against the 9ers. HUMILIATED!!!!!!!!!!!

    I guess I’d be more worried about a QB who can’t throw to the sidelines without two hopping it and a secondary that looks like pop warner.

    The Packers will win the division rather easily again, because they play the Lions, Bears, and hapless vikings twice. 6 easy wins.

  37. theytukrjobs says: Apr 24, 2013 8:22 AM

    Vikes fans will always remember big Pat Williams stuffing short and goal line runs up the middle. He was awesome to watch.

  38. uberfancs says: Apr 24, 2013 10:15 AM

    I miss watching that big bowling ball chasing down people from behind. He was deceptively fast!

  39. purpblooded says: Apr 24, 2013 7:15 PM

    Big Pat was fast…….believe it or not……

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