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“I’m Not Looking At It As My Last Year.” Kevin Williams Not Quite Ready To Let Go.

By: Aj Mansour |

Mankato, MN – So far this offseason and straight on into training camp, most of the conversation surrounding defensive tackle Kevin Williams has been about the potential of this being his final season with the Vikings and potentially his final season in the NFL.

For ten years now, Williams has manned the front of the Vikings defensive attack. Along the way, Kevin has seen division championships. He’s tallied 316 tackles and 56.5 sacks. And he’s been named to six Pro Bowl squads. By all means, it’s been a very impressive career for the kid coming out of Oklahoma State. But the draft selection of Sharrif Floyd and the slowly declining numbers on the field have led many to believe that this season may be Williams’ swan song capping off a satisfying career.

According to what Williams had to say after Thursday morning’s walkthrough, that’s not the way that he sees it all going down.

“I’m not looking at it as my last year,” Williams told me Thursday morning. “It may be my last year here, but not my last year [in the NFL].”

By his own estimation, Williams says that he has “a little bit of gas left” and plans on playing two-to-three more seasons in the NFL.

“I’m not too worried about it now,” Williams continued. “I think I can still do it effectively for a couple more years. It’s just one step. I’ve got to prove it this year and then we go from there…when January comes, we’ll figure out where I’m going to be and see how well I did this season.”

Earlier this week, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier put a number on what he expects out of Williams saying that the plan was to play the big-man 30-35 snaps a game spelling him with rookie Sharrif Floyd (CLICK HERE to read that full story).

“That’s low,” Williams exclaimed when I informed him of Frazier’s snap count. “We’ll work that out, I haven’t really talked with him about reps yet you guys now more about it than me.”

For now, Kevin is approaching the situation as if it were business as usual. He has embraced his role as mentor for the young rookie (Sharrif Floyd) and continues to work his way through a grueling Training Camp session in which he continues to perfect his craft. While Williams’ ultimate goal is to simply extend his career no matter what form that may take, he did say that it was his desire to extend it in Minnesota with the Minnesota Vikings.

“I’ve never been in this situation before, so it’s kind of new. I’m still attacking it the same. Go out and do the best I can and put my best foot forward and hopefully we can have a couple more years here.”

Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings updates and breaking Vikings news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjKFAN

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