Vikings to re-sign Pat Williams for one day so he can retire with team
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn -- Pat Williams is going to return to the Minnesota Vikings but it will be only for one day.
The nose tackle, who hasn't played since the 2010 season, will re-sign with the Vikings on Thursday so he can retire as a member of the organization. General manager Rick Spielman made the announcement about Williams before taking questions at his pre-draft press conference on Tuesday.
Williams will be released on Friday.
Williams played for the Vikings from 2005 through 2010 after spending his first eight seasons with the Buffalo Bills. "Pat has meant ... not only what he's done on the field but off the field, he's one of the great all-time leaders and great all-time players here for the Minnesota Vikings," Spielman said.
Pat and Kevin Williams, who are not related, combined to give the Vikings one of the NFL's best run defenses and formed what became known as the Williams Wall. Pat Williams, 40, was listed at 6-foot-3, 317 pounds but clearly weighed more than that.
Nonetheless, he was a skilled player and made it very difficult for teams to run up the middle.
The Vkings signed Williams as a free agent in 2005 and he was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Both Pat and Kevin Williams were suspended for four games by the NFL in December 2008 after violating the league's anti-doping policy, but because of court appeals Pat Williams never had to serve a suspension.