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Big Pat fit and feisty

May 16 2007 at 12:17 AM

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Vikings: Tackle Pat Williams feeling fit and feisty

Retire? Are you kidding? Vikings nose tackle Pat Williams, who will turn 34 in October, is looking lean, mean and ready to play another four years. He hopes all four will come wearing Purple.

Last update: May 15, 2007 – 8:29 PM

Training camp doesn't start for another 10 weeks, but Vikings Pro Bowl nose tackle Pat Williams already looks like Mr. Mankato.

"I feel great," Williams said. "My weight's down to 327. They want me at 325 before camp starts, so I'm great, I'm good, let's go."

Williams said he was 337 when he reported to training camp last year. Coach Brad Childress, in his first training camp with the Vikings, placed him on the Physically Unable to Perform list until he lost weight.

"I understood why he did it," Williams said. "Last year, everything was new. They came in with different stuff. This year, I'm coming in with everything right."

Williams also could be coming in with a new contract extension befitting an 11-year veteran who is both a valuable team leader and someone who is still at or near the top of his position in the league. He is due to make $2.65 million in the last of a three-year contract he signed with the Vikings when he left Buffalo via free agency after the 2004 season.

"We had preliminary discussions just to let it be known that the Vikings want Pat beyond this season, and that Pat wants to finish his career as a Minnesota Viking," said Angelo Wright, Williams' agent. "Now we're just waiting for an offer. We expect some kind of offer probably before training camp."

Williams, 33, said he would like to play another four years and then retire to Monroe, La., where he finished building a new home last month.

"My wife [Valarie] keeps asking me, 'When are you going to retire?' and I keep saying, 'It's not time. I'm still fresh,' " Williams said. "I wasn't a starter until my fifth year in the league. I was a backup. So I didn't get all that banging."

Williams said no matter what happens between his agent and the Vikings over the next 10 weeks, he will report to training camp on time and in shape.

"I already talked to Childress, so we're on the same page," Williams said. "I told him, 'You don't have to worry about me. I'll be in camp. I'll be training.' That's the type of guy I am. I'm not the type of guy who is going to cause a mess."

Williams said he'd like a four-year deal. As far as the financial figures he's looking for, he would only say, "I just want to be treated right because I always do what's right. I never complain and I come to work on time. I don't have any problems playing for Coach Childress. I love [defensive line coach Karl] Dunbar. I think he's the best d-line coach in the league. I love playing next to Kevin [Williams]. I want to finish my career here."

Williams made the Pro Bowl for the first time last season. He said his goal is to be even better this season.

"Reporters always ask me, 'Was this the best year for you?' " Williams said. "And I always say, 'No. My best year is going to be next year.' I'll always be better next year."

Mark Craig • mcraig@startribune.com

God Bless the Almighty Vikings ! SKOL !
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Wembley Awesome™
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Phat Pat has the right attitude. Is his body willing?

May 16 2007, 12:22 AM 

I dig Pat and I hope he gives us a solid four years. I think he has the right attitude and I hope it rubs off on younger "fat boy" players like Howard Green. It's just that I remember how Jerry Ball tailed off, even with a platoon arrangement. Of course, Ball and Williams are two different players and I'll concede Ball did accumulate more wear on his body by the time he became a Viking.

One thing that throws me for a loop is how long it took Phat Pat to make the Probowl. The guy was a monster linchpin of some great defenses in Buffalo. How the hell did he keep getting overlooked?


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Ball and Williams always shock me by how quick they play or played

May 16 2007, 1:13 AM 

Dam fast for big men. Maybe the key is good ballance and latteral quickness paired with great strength to push through weak blocks but I remember being shocked by both guys whith how they could close gaps to create tackles behind the line of scrimage.

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The Purple Kahuna
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Or chase down running backs from behind...

May 16 2007, 9:29 AM 

15 yards downfield. I think I actually enjoy seeing that most out of Pat Williams. Great effort and not slow.

"Lombardi Died A Redskin" - 1969 Washington Redskins.

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Sacks Tend To Play Disproportionate Role In Getting To The Pro Bowl

May 16 2007, 9:03 AM 

That's even true for DTs, so run stuffers are generally at a serious disadvantage in getting picked. As it stands, even last year Phat Pat made it as an alternate who went to Hawaii only because of injury to someone ahead of him. His propensity to be blunt in speaking dispargingly of opponents like Olin Kreutz dosen't help his popularity with voters among players either.

This message has been edited by McVike on May 16, 2007 9:03 AM

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Wembley Awesome™
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Yabbut.... Phat Pat can back up his talk....

May 16 2007, 2:59 PM 

.... and I received the feeling that he has earned the respect, albeit grudging, of some of the targets of his criticism. Right now I think it's the fact that run stuffers lack the legions of fanboys and groupies that sack masters seem to attract.


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