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'Thug' remark sparks effort to fire regent

HELENA, Mont., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A group of University of Montana fans say they have begun a petition to have a college regent removed for his remark that "thugs" were on the UM football team.

Orlando Magic founder battling cancer

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Pat Williams, founder and executive vice president of the Orlando Magic, has confirmed that he has bone cancer.

Court rules against players in doping case

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- An appellate court Tuesday ruled against Minnesota Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams in their long-running legal battle against the NFL.
Justices reject NFL suspension dispute

Justices reject NFL suspension dispute

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to review a suspension dispute between two players and the National Football League.
Judge delays Vikings' suspensions

Judge delays Vikings' suspensions

MINNEAPOLIS, May 21 (UPI) -- Kevin and Pat Williams, the "Williams Wall" of the Minnesota Vikings, will not have to serve suspensions until their appeals are done, a judge ruled Friday.

Court rules Minnesota tackles can play

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams can play before a decision on whether they used a banned substance, a federal appellate court ruled Friday.

Report: Judge blocks NFL suspensions

MINNEAPOLIS, July 9 (UPI) -- A Minnesota judge blocked the proposed suspensions of defensive linemen Kevin Williams and Pat Williams of the Vikings, the Minneapolis Star Tribune said.

Report: Vikings players used a diuretic

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Vikings defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams used a diuretic to make their earmarked weight, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Suspended NFL performers to keep playing

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A Minnesota judge Thursday extended his injunction allowing five suspended players to play despite apparently violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Report: Judge blocks NFL suspensions

MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Minnesota has blocked the NFL's suspensions of five players, who had allegedly violated league's anti-doping policy.
Judge stops suspensions of two Vikings

Judge stops suspensions of two Vikings

ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- NFL officials said they would fight a Minnesota judge's ruling that blocked the suspension of Vikings defensive linemen Kevin Williams and Pat Williams.

NFL suspends 6 for 'masking agents'

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The NFL said Tuesday it is suspending six players without pay for four games for violating its Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances.

Vikings trade picks for Chiefs' Allen

MINNEAPOLIS, April 23 (UPI) -- Jared Allen, who led the NFL with 15 1/2 sacks last season, has been traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Minnesota Vikings.

Analysis: New heyday for Jackie Robinson

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- As Hollywood prepares to make a new movie biography of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, a new report finds that -- a half century after Robinson broke the color line in the big leagues -- the percentage of black players in Major League Baseball is at a 25
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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Pat Williams
Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Pat Williams (94) pressures Chicago Bears quarterback Kyle Orton (18) during the second quarter at Soldier Field on October 19, 2008 in Chicago. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)

Patrick Williams (born October 24, 1972 in Monroe, Louisiana) is an American football defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. Along with Kevin Williams (no relation), he forms the "Williams Wall." He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 1997. He played college football at Texas A&M. Williams is a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

After graduating from Wossman High School in Monroe, LA, Williams attended Navarro College, where he was a two-time junior college All-American in 1992 and 1993. He initially transferred to Texas A&M University in 1994, but failed the math portion of a junior-college exit exam and was ruled ineligible for the 1994 season. He transferred again to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, where he graduated in 1995, before returning to Texas A&M. Williams earned 2nd-team All-SWC as a junior in 1995 in only 6 starts. He also started 8 games and appeared in 11 as a senior.

Williams went undrafted in the 1997 NFL Draft, and signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent the same year. He played in just one game his rookie season. During the 1998–2000 seasons, he was a regular contributor, but did not become a regular starter until the 2001 season. In 2000, he was named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team, recognizing the NFL’s most "overlooked, ignored and hard-working" players. Williams intercepted his first career pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown, picking off Miami Dolphins quarterback A.J. Feeley on December 5, 2004, sealing the win for Buffalo 42-32 and breaking open a 3-point game with 1:55 left to play. Williams was named 2003 winner of the Ed Block Courage Award by his teammates. During his final four seasons with the Bills (2001–2004), he started in all but four games. He became a free agent after the 2004 season.

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