Kevin Williams continues to get his share of lifetime achievement awards. Earlier this month, his teammates voted him as the 2013 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Wednesday the local media voted Williams the recipient of the Korey Stringer Good Guy Award.
Williams was asked who his influences were when it came to dealing with the media and he was quick to point out that he didn't take any tips from former teammate Randy Moss, who never won the award and quite possibly never received a single vote.
"Lance Johnstone was a big influence on me when I first got here," Williams said. "I don't think I could have modeled myself after Randy too much with some of the stuff he did with you guys. I had Lance in my group, (Chris) Hovan, all those veteran defensive linemen in my group. They were huge in kind of pointing you in the right direction and saying the right things and trying not to make a monkey out of yourself with the media."
Just as veteran players took Williams under their wing, he has attempted to do the same with the young players on the Vikings defense. As the team is closing out a disappointing 2013 season, Williams is trying to keep their heads up and their spirits high.
"We are just trying to keep encouraging the guys to fight," Williams said. "We've had a bad season here before, but if you look at the tape, guys are not lacking in effort and fight and that's one thing we've tried to pride ourselves in. We still have to clean up mistakes and still have to correct all the miscues we had, but playing hard, that's something all of us have emphasized and even Coach (Leslie) Frazier, so that's something we really try to hang our hat on."
Frazier agreed with the media's selection of Williams.
"Kevin is well-deserving of that award. He is, as you guys know, an example of how you'd want your players to be in all situations – after tough losses, big wins. Very gracious guy," Frazier said. "Tremendous player but has the humility that you look for and such a great example for the rest of our players."
Whether Williams returns to the Vikings next year or not is up to more than just a little speculation. In the offseason he took a pay cut and agreed to shortened his contract to end after the 2013 season. With the Metrodome closing after the Dec. 29 game with Detroit, Williams sees the similarities between that and the end of his contract. Just as he was a deserving recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, he was also deserving of winning the Korey Stringer Good Guy Award because, through the good and the bad, Williams has always been decent and accommodating to a media that has often been viewed as a necessary evil in the lives of players.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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