Pat Williams would give the shirt off his back to win the Super Bowl in February. He would follow that up by giving up his cleats, helmet and just about everything else.
Oversized defensive tackle said he's looking forward to the Vikings winning the Super Bowl this year – and then walking off the field in retirement while he strips down to his socks and tights and gives the rest of his uniform to the fans. Listed generously at 317 pounds, but likely closer to 340, that would be a camera-phone worthy event and would qualify as the second wardrobe malfunction seen at a Super Bowl this decade.
Williams had reporters in stitches Thursday after practice as he talked about his NFL future, which he said would end after the 2009 season if the Vikings win the Super Bowl.
"I just come to work every day and smell that trophy. That's what I'm smelling right now is that trophy," Williams said. "… The ass-whooping is on Sunday so we have to do that ass-whooping before we get to the trophy.
"… That's all I want is that trophy. I'll walk off the field with my tights on because I'm throwing everything to the fans. Shoulder pads, helmet, everything. I'll walk off with tights and socks. That's how I'm walking off the field. I've been thinking about it all year."
And now fans likely will have that image ingrained in their memories for some time as well.
The Vikings are 11-2 and are frontrunners to get the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs. If they win the Super Bowl, Williams repeated that he will retire.
"I'm trying to win a Super Bowl. I'll quit then after I win the Super Bowl this year. I'll go into the sunset smiling. That's how you want to end it," he said.
Williams has been a big part of the Vikings leading the league in rushing each of the last three seasons, the first time that has happened since at least the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. This year, they are currently ranked fourth in the rushing defense.
The Vikings haven't allowed an individual to rush for more than 100 yards against them in 36 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL. Last week, Bengals running back Cedric Benson came close, rushing for 96 yards in a 30-10 loss to the Vikings, who were playing without middle linebacker E.J. Henderson for the first time all season after he fractured his femur in the fourth quarter of the team's previous game.
Rookie Jasper Brinkley is starting for Henderson, and Williams was asked if he had to take on more of a leadership role in Henderson's absence.
"I'm just Pat. Everybody knows I'm going to say what's on my mind all the time. I talk to all the guys all the time," he said.
Williams also proclaimed the defensive line's nickname as the "Outlawz" last month. Since then, Ray Edwards had jackets made for the starters on the defensive line, with all four starters' names on them and a big "OUTLAWZ" printed on the back.
"Me and Kevin got the white ones and Jared and Ray got the purples," Williams said, who was then asked about the backups. "They're part of the gang. We have to be up front riding the horses and the rest of them riding behind us. That's how outlaws ride."
And that's how Pat Williams rolls – large as life and providing smiles for his audience.
Williams plans his own wardrobe malfunction
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