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HOF 2014: In a career mostly on bad Cardinals teams, Aeneas Williams was one of NFL's best

  • FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2001, file photo, St. Louis Rams' Aeneas Williams celebrating after breaking up a pass in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers, in St. Louis. Aeneas Williams spent most of his pro career on bad teams.That didn’t prevent him from pursuing excellence, becoming one of the best cornerbacks in the game and earning a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/Bill Boyce, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2001, file photo, St. Louis Rams' Aeneas Williams celebrating after breaking up a pass in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers, in St. Louis. Aeneas Williams spent most of his pro career on bad teams.That didn’t prevent him from pursuing excellence, becoming one of the best cornerbacks in the game and earning a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2003 file photo, St. Louis Rams' Aeneas Williams celebrates after a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns, in Cleveland. Aeneas Williams spent most of his pro career on bad teams.That didn’t prevent him from pursuing excellence, becoming one of the best cornerbacks in the game and earning a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2003 file photo, St. Louis Rams' Aeneas Williams celebrates after a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns, in Cleveland. Aeneas Williams spent most of his pro career on bad teams.That didn’t prevent him from pursuing excellence, becoming one of the best cornerbacks in the game and earning a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 9, 2014 file photo, former NFL player Aeneas Williams waves as he is introduced before the start of the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft  in New York. Aeneas Williams spent most of his pro career on bad teams.That didn’t prevent him from pursuing excellence, becoming one of the best cornerbacks in the game and earning a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

    FILE - In this May 9, 2014 file photo, former NFL player Aeneas Williams waves as he is introduced before the start of the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft in New York. Aeneas Williams spent most of his pro career on bad teams.That didn’t prevent him from pursuing excellence, becoming one of the best cornerbacks in the game and earning a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)  (The Associated Press)

Aeneas Williams spent most of his NFL career on bad teams.

But that didn't prevent him from pursuing excellence, becoming one of the best cornerbacks in the league and earning a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In his 10 seasons with Arizona, the Cardinals had one winning season.

But despite that, he either led or shared the NFL lead in interceptions three times and made six Pro Bowls. Williams never missed a game and started all but one. He had a streak of 157 consecutive starts.

And he never let the poor play around him affect his performance.

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