Ex-Viking Pat Williams has only one regret as he reflects on his career
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - For the most part, Pat Williams has been able to put his NFL career in the rear-view mirror. There is, however, one thing that remains a sore subject.
The nose tackle, who signed a one-day contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday so he could retire as a member of the organization, attempted to convince the media at Winter Park that he is over the Vikings' 31-28 overtime loss to New Orleans in the 2009 NFC title game.
But Williams, who moved back to his hometown of Louisiana after he retired in 2011, quickly admitted that he often gets in arguments with Saints fans about which team was better.
"If you know football, we whipped their (butt)," Williams said. "We basically gave it to them with all those damn turnovers. I'd say, 'If we didn't turn the ball over we would have blown you out.' That's if you know football but, of course, half them don't know football back home. They only know two players on the damn team and they (act) like they're real fans. A fan can break the game down to you."
Williams has a point.
The Vikings had 475 yards of net offense that day to the Saints' 257 yards, but the Vikings also lost three of six fumbles and Bret Favre threw two interceptions.
"I was mad," said Williams, who played for the Vikings from 2005 through 2010 after spending his first eight seasons with the Buffalo Bills. "That game hurt. That game hurt."
As far as the allegations that the Saints put a bounty on Favre, Williams said: "I didn't pay attention during the game, but I was just getting mad because (the referees) let them hit Brett late. We couldn't get no calls. ... They wouldn't give us the calls."
Williams spent time at the Vikings' facility on Thursday and then went to the team's draft party at the Metrodome.
Williams said he was contacted by Vikings general manager Rick Spielman last month and asked if he wanted to re-sign with the Vikings for a day so he could retire with the team.
The 40-year-old Williams said retirement was difficult the first season but he has adjusted to not playing. Williams has taken a job as an assistant coach with a high school football team in Louisiana and still start in that job next month.
"I'm happy now," he said.