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Posted: Monday, November 10, 2008 11:03 pm | Updated: 11:40 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Aeneas Williams probably hasn’t taken too many drives to Glendale.

He surely didn’t see many sold-out games at Sun Devil Stadium, where the Cardinals did well to fill half the stadium with fans.

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Maybe these factors crossed up the former Cardinals star cornerback when he got caught in traffic and missed the pregame news conference about his installation in the team’s Ring of Honor.

But he at least made the halftime ceremony to honor the player generally considered the best in the team’s 20 years in Arizona.

Williams was named to six straight Pro Bowls (1993-99). In 2001, he moved to St. Louis, where he played on a team that reached and lost the Super Bowl.

He should receive considerable Hall of Fame consideration, even though he played on mostly losing teams.

One notable exception: the dramatic drive to the playoffs in 1998.

“That was a tremendous team,” said Williams, speaking after the halftime ceremony.

“We did something that hadn’t been done in a long time. I was so glad to be a part of it.”

Williams noted he had a chance to leave in free agency in the mid-1990s but chose to remain.

“To stay and be a part of the team that finally made it through, to go and beat Dallas (in the playoffs), that was pretty awesome.

Williams, who lives in St. Louis, said he was pleased to see the new stadium and the Cardinals’ home-field advantage come to life.

“After the playoff game, I knew we had the fans here, and it was just a matter of time when the winning would start ... that they would definitely come out ...

“To be able to cheer these guys on. ... The baton has been passed.

“On the way back to St. Louis, I’ll think about it and answer all the questions my children have for me.”


Because “Monday Night Football” is a relatively rare item for the Cardinals, they haven’t had much experience with short weeks, either.

But it hasn’t really been a drag.

Before Monday night, they’d gone 0-5 on “MNF” and 2-2 the next week.

One Monday night appearance came in a season-ending loss to Dallas in 1995, so there was no follow-up game.


• Anquan Boldin set a franchise record by scoring a touchdown for the sixth straight game.

• Kurt Warner eclipsed 10,000 passing yards for the Cardinals. He became the 11th quarterback in NFL history to reach the milestone for two teams.

• Warner threw for 300 yards for the 46th time, 16th time for the Cardinals and for the third straight game.


Eric Green, who has had a sore knee, missed the game.

Also inactive were tight ends Ben Patrick and Jerame Tuman.

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