EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Pat Williams will sign a temporary contract on Thursday so he can retire as a Minnesota Viking.
"We're very excited about that. Pat has meant (a lot to the team), 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," said Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman.
The team plans to sign Williams on Thursday and release him on Friday.
"I know he's going to be involved at our draft party down there at [Mall of American Field on Thursday)," Spielman said.
Williams played his last season with the Vikings in 2010. The team chose not to resign him in 2011. While he did not resign with another team, he wasn't able to officially retire as a Minnesota Viking until now.
Williams started his career as an undrafted player with the Buffalo Bills in 1997. He was signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Vikings in 2005. He earned a spot on three Pro Bowl teams from 2006-2008.
He will always be known for making half of the famed "Williams Wall" with fellow lineman Kevin Williams.
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