(SportsNetwork.com) - There was already a pretty good chance that the final stop in Kevin Williams football career was going to be in northeast Ohio. As an 11-year Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle, Williams fit in nicely with the franchises identity for producing Hall of Fame defensive linemen. Two of the famed Purple People Eaters -- Alan Page and Carl Eller -- are enshrined in Canton and a third one, Jim Marshall, probably should be. The 1980s and 90s generated two more HOF Purple pass rushers in Chris Doleman and John Randle, while the current generation has produced three resumes that will be looking for the stamp of approval in the coming years, Jared Allen, Pat Williams and Kevin himself. Williams, an Oklahoma State product taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, was the best three-technique in football for years while in Minneapolis, amassing six-time Pro Bowl berths and five All-Pro nods with the Vikings. The 6-foot-5, 321-pound Arkansas native is the epitome of country strong, a living, breathing definition of functional football strength, and the kind of guy who always put even the best interior offensive linemen on skates. At 34 though Williams is no longer the star and clearly a player who has lost some of the first-step quickness that defined him as a Viking. And Williams is far closer to the end of his career than the beginning, a reality that prompted him to leave the only professional existence he had ever known, the rebuilding Vikings, in an attempt to check the last box for admittance to Canton, a Super Bowl championship. While shopping for a new home, Williams was looking for two things, a team with the talent to win it all and a proven, battle-tested quarterback to get them there. Interestingly, the two clubs at the top of his wish list are the combatants in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, Williams, of course, signed a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Seahawks back in June of 2014 and is scheduled to be the teams starting nose tackle in the big game. Its awesome, man, Williams said on Monday. Im still kind of in a little disbelief, how we got it done and how the (the NFC Championship Game) unfolded. Now Im back to concentrating on lets get this other win now. Williams was brought in as a rotational player on Seattles front in an effort to increase his effectiveness after a decade-plus of piling up major repetitions for the Vikings. The thought was that the lighter workload would enable the aging star to maximum his production, understanding he could leave it all out on the field for 25 or 30 plays a game. The plan was working well as Williams was solid if unspectacular while averaging 26.7 reps a game through his first nine contests with the Seahawks with a high of 41 against Dallas in Week 6. Things changed from there, however, as Williams was forced to take over the nose tackle position when run-stuffer Brandon Mebane was lost for the season with a hamstring injury. In his later years in Minnesota many thought a move to the nose was the way to go for Williams but the veteran always resisted it despite an impressive 2 1/2 sack cameo at the position in 2013. In Seattle, where Williams had no history as a great under tackle, he has embraced his new role and taken over for Mebane as the starter since Week 11. The workload has increased a bit, especially over the past month as the stakes have gotten bigger and for the most part Williams has come through, most recently contributing four tackles, including one for loss, in the Seahawks overtime win over his old rivals with the Vikings, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, in the NFC Championship Game. Its kind of unique how things happened, Williams said. You come in to help contribute wherever you can, you lose one of your starting players to injury and youre moving to the nose. Im just trying to do whatever Im called upon to do and make plays. When ones professional mortality approaches, many players undergo the same metamorphosis Williams has. Its no longer about money or personal accolades, its about the ring. And holding the Lombardi Trophy is the only reason Williams uprooted himself and landed in Seattle for one last run at the games ultimate prize. You play a long time, you get the contracts, you make All-Pros and all that stuff, he said. But you want to play in a Super Bowl. And to be able to do that with this great group of guys, its tremendous. Cody Latimer Jersey
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. According to the Red Wings Twitter feed, Zetterberg plans to practice with the team on Thursday and is aiming for a second round comeback.Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - David Pastrnak scored the first two goals of his career to lead the Boston Bruins in a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Chris Kelly had the other goal and Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots for the Bruins, who have won their past three. Claude Giroux scored the only goal of the game for the Flyers, who had won their previous two. Steve Mason started the game in net for Philadelphia, but left seven minutes into the first period with a right leg injury. He stopped all five shots he faced while Ray Emery allowed three goals on 13 shots in relief. Final Score: Nashville 3, Minnesota 1 St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Pekka Rinne came up with 36 saves while Calle Jarnkrok and Colin Wilson scored in the third period and Nashville took out Minnesota by a 3-1 count at Xcel Energy Center. Mike Fisher added an early score for the Predators, who reclaimed the top spot in the Western Conference with 60 points, two ahead of idle Anaheim. Charlie Coyle potted the lone goal for the Wild, who have dropped four in a row and three straight on home ice. Niklas Backstrom made 24 stops in the loss. Final Score: Colorado 4, Dallas 3 Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Duchene picked up the deciding goal early in the third period and added an assist, as Colorado escaped with a 4-3 victory over Dallas at Pepsi Center. Erik Johnson, John Mitchell and Nathan MacKinnon lit the lamp in the second period for the Avalanche, who have won three in a row and seven of 10 overall. Semyon Varlamov snagged the win thanks to a 37-save performance. Brett Ritchie, Colton Sceviour and Ales Hemsky scored for the Stars, losers of four straight since winning four in a row. Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 shots in defeat. Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Montreal 1 (OT) Montreal, QC (SportsNetwork.com) - Sidney Crosby capped two shifts of pressure with the game-winner on a power play with 1:19 remaining in overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins claimed a 2-1 decision over the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Crosby had two separate chances to win it earlier as the clock ticked down to two minutes remaining in the extra session. Habs goaltender Carey Price flashed his right pad on the first chance and seconds later, Crosby actually beat Price through the pads from in close, but Montreals Alexei Emelin came to the rescue and swept the puck out of danger. The hosts were hit with a bench minor penalty with 1:51 left in OT, and Evgeni Malkin slipped a pass into the right circle for Crosbys successful one-timer which ended the contest. Malkin provided the other tally for the Penguins, who snapped a two-game skid and remained a point behind the first- place Islanders in the Metropolitan Division. New York maintained the top spot with a 4-1 win in Columbus earlier in the evening. Final Score: Washington 3, Detroit 1 Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals got goals from Troy Brouwer, John Carlson and Joel Ward in a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Braden Holtby made 26 saves in his 18th consecutive start for the Capitals, who extended their point streak to seven games (5-0-2). Jonathan Ericsson scored the lone goal for the Red Wings, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Detroit lost goaltender Jimmy Howard to a groin injury just 1:53 into the game. With the Red Wings killing a penalty, Howard left the puck behind the net for his defense to play. Instead, Brouwer got the puck and quickly scored on a wraparound as Howard scrambled to get back into position. Howard hurt his groin while extending his left leg awkwardly trying to cover the post. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher. Prior to the game, Howard was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star game. Petr Mrazek stopped 12-of-14 shots in relief. Final Score: NY Islanders 5, Columbus 2 Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Martin, Anders Lee and Brian Strait all had second-period goals to lift the New York Islanders to a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Strait added an assist on Kyle Okposos marker in the third period, with Nikolay Kulemin also lighting the lamp to help the Islanders improve to 4-2-0 on their current seven-game road trip. New York outshot the Blue Jackets by a 40-18 margin, with Chad Johnson needing to record just 16 saves to collect the victory. As a result, the Isles stayed a point up on Pittssburgh for first place in the Metropolitan Division, after the Pens nipped the Habs in OT.dddddddddddd Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves in Columbus second 5-2 setback in as many nights, having fallen to Toronto by the same score on Friday. Jack Johnson and Nick Foligno each registered goals in defeat. Final Score: Ottawa 5, Arizona 1 Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Craig Anderson made 31 saves, and the Ottawa Senators scored five unanswered goals to top the Arizona Coyotes, 5-1, on Saturday. After Mikkel Boedker put the Coyotes on top early in the game, Milan Michalek and Clarke MacArthur scored first-period goals to give the Senators the lead. Ottawa also got goals from Mike Hoffman, Cody Ceci and David Legwand to end its three-game losing streak. Mike Smith allowed all five Senators goals on 33 shots as the Coyotes lost for the second time in three games. Final Score: St. Louis 5, Carolina 4 (SO) St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - T.J. Oshie scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Oshie, the Blues first shooter, patiently skated through the slot, got Cam Ward to bite on a fake and lifted a shot into the top of the net. Jake Allen made Oshies effort stand as he stopped all three shooters, including a slick glove save on Alexander Semin to end the game. Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen and Patrik Berglund all scored in regulation for the Blues, who won their fourth straight game. Allen stopped 19-of-20 shots in relief of Brian Elliott, who allowed three goals on 10 shots during the first period. Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask each tallied a goal and an assist, while Eric Staal and Riley Nash also lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who were coming off a 5-2 win over Buffalo on Thursday. Ward allowed four goals on 35 shots in defeat. Final Score: Calgary 1, Vancouver 0 Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Joni Ortios first start of the season was a memorable one, as the 23-year-old netminder shut out the Vancouver Canucks and carried the Calgary Flames to a 1-0 victory -- the clubs first over its Pacific Division rival in nearly two years. Ortio was recalled from Adirondack of the AHL on Friday and gave Jonas Hiller the night off. He was peppered with 36 shots and, with the help of the post on several occasions, denied every one of them. Mikael Backlund provided the game-winning goal on Calgarys first shot. The Flames, who came in 0-3-0 in the new year, had dropped nine straight against the Canucks, their previous win coming on Mar. 3, 2013. Eddie Lack saved all but one of the 23 shots he faced in the loss. Final Score: Winnipeg 5, Los Angeles 4 (SO) Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bryan Little had the lone shootout goal to boost the Winnipeg Jets to a wild 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. The Jets scored three goals on their first three shots of the night, all within the first 6:39 of the contest, but couldnt sustain the lead, yet snapped a two-game skid. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made an incredible sprawling save, falling backward with his left hand stopping a shot from Mathieu Perreault in the second round of the shootout. In the fourth round, Littles wrist shot found the right side of the net. Mike Richards missed the net on his attempt to extend the shootout. Little also scored in regulation, as did Blake Wheeler, Zach Bogosian and Perreault. Michael Hutchinson made 25 saves. Quick stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who got goals from Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Kyle Clifford and Justin Williams. The Kings suffered their third straight loss. Final Score: NY Rangers 3, San Jose 1 San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Kreider tallied a goal and an assist as the New York Rangers capped a successful California road trip with a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash also lit the lamp, Derek Stepan supplied two assists and Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves for the Rangers, who started the trip out with a 4-1 win over Anaheim on Wednesday and topped the Kings 4-3 in a Stanley Cup rematch on Thursday. New York has won five straight games and 13 of its last 14 games. Melker Karlsson supplied San Joses lone marker to extend his goal streak to five games and Antti Niemi allowed two goals on 31 shots in defeat. Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Discount Basketball Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Baseball Jerseys Free Shipping Cheapest College Jerseys Sale Cheap Football Jerseys China Nike NFL Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys From China MLB Jerseys Outlet Canada Wholesale NBA Jerseys Canada Store Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Cheap Authentic Jerseys Canada
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