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Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams in the 2008 NFC Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
No. 93     Minnesota Vikings
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: August 16, 1980 (1980-08-16) (age 29)
Place of birth: Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 311 lb (141 kg)
Career information
College: Oklahoma State
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Debuted in 2003 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Tackles     327
Sacks     48.5
INTs     4
Stats at

Kevin Williams (born August 16, 1980 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas) is a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. He is currently one half of the “Williams Wall” (with nose tackle Pat Williams, no relation), anchoring the NFL's best rush defense for three consecutive years (2006–2008), only allowing an average of 68.5 rushing yards per game.[1]

After graduating from Oklahoma State University, he was selected by the Vikings with the 9th pick of the first round in the 2003 NFL Draft.


High school career

He played tight end and defensive line at Fordyce, Arkansas High School. He had 9 receptions and 2 TDs as a senior and posted 60 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, a fumble recovery for a TD and an interception returned for a touchdown. Williams was also an All-State selection in basketball. He also went to High School with Professional Boxer Damien Morris.

College career

Williams was a mainstay on the Oklahoma State Cowboys' defensive front, starting 42 games during his career. He recorded 160 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, and 18.5 sacks during his career and was an integral part of a team that improved from 3-8 with 1 win in the conference in 2000 to an 8-5 overall record with a 5-3 conference mark in 2002. The Cowboys' Houston Bowl appearance in 2002 was only the second time in 14 years that OSU made it to a bowl game.

Professional career


2003 NFL Draft

After an outstanding performance during the Senior Bowl, Williams went from a marginal first round choice to a possible top 12 pick for the 2003 NFL Draft in most scouts' estimation.[2] However, he was considered a “classic one-year wonder” and compared to Gerard Warren by Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated.[3] Others considered Williams "a more natural end" and suggested a move to the edge in the NFL.[4]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4⅞ * 304 lb * 4.81 * 1.68 * 2.79 * 5.04 * 7.66 * 30 in. * 9'04" * 23 * X
(* represents NFL Combine)

Minnesota Vikings

In 2003, Williams was one of the top impact rookie defenders in team history and led the Vikings with 10.5 sacks, the 2nd-most sacks by a Vikings rookie behind Keith Millard's 11.0 in 1985. He was a consensus All-Rookie team honoree having started opening 12 games of the season at left defensive end and moved inside to start at nose tackle for the final 4 games. He set the Vikings rookie record with 3.0 sacks in season finale at Arizona on December 28. Williams was named NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month when he had 18 tackles, 5.0 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception in the 4-game stretch and joined Carl Eller (1964) and Al Noga (1988) as the only rookie defensive ends in team history to start the season opener when he debuted in the lineup at Green Bay September 7 and also joined defensive end Lance Johnstone as players with 10.0+ sacks, the first time in Vikings history since 1993 when Chris Doleman and John Randle accomplished the feat.

Williams compiled 11.5 sacks in 2004, 4 in 2005, and 5 in 2006.

On December 23, 2006, the Minnesota Vikings signed him to a new 7-year contract extension that could reach $50 million with incentives, the contract also included $16 million in guaranteed money.

In 2007, during the NFL Kickoff game, Williams intercepted Atlanta Falcons quarterback Joey Harrington and ran 54 yards for a touchdown in the 1st quarter. This was the Vikings' first TD for the 2007 season. In week 14 of the same season, Williams intercepted San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trent Dilfer and returned the pick for a touchdown in the 1st quarter. It was the first touchdown of the game and William's second interception touchdown of the season.

On December 2, 2008, he received a four-game suspension for use of a diuretic, which can be used a masking agent for steroid use. It is believed that the diuretic was found in a weight-loss supplement that he had been taking. His agent, Angelo Wright has indicated that he will file a motion in federal court to appeal the suspension.[5]


Williams married in June 2005 to Tasha, she ended her collegiate basketball career in 2006 as a senior at Louisiana Tech and helped the Lady Techsters to the NCAA Tournament and earned all-conference honors. Kevin majored in general studies and earned his degree in the spring of 2003 from Oklahoma State.[6]


  1. ^ Pompei, Dan (2008-11-25). "Williams Wall a hefty challenge". Chicago Tribune.,0,4856627.column.  
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  3. ^ Mandel, Stewart (2003-04-23). "Drafting some advice: Sorting over-hyped players from talented ones isn't so tough". Sports Illustrated.  
  4. ^ Bell, Jarrett (April 14, 2003), "Suggs out to show he has NFL stuff", USA Today,, "Oklahoma State's Kevin Williams, an undersized defensive tackle whom many teams consider a more natural end, has been one of the best risers in the draft. He followed an impressive Senior Bowl with a strong combine workout (4.84 40-yard dash)."  
  5. ^ NFL Suspends Six Players for Doping Violations, Sports Illustrated, December 2, 2008.
  6. ^ Minnesota Vikings Bio

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