TAMPA — Defensive tackle Kevin Williams passed a big milestone Sunday, playing in his 200th NFL game.
The 13-year veteran joined an active group that includes four quarterbacks — including the Saints’ Drew Brees — one receiver, one tight end, one defensive back and just one other defensive lineman, Packers pass rusher Julius Peppers.
Williams found out he was about to reach the milestone last week, but it didn’t register as a milestone moment for the six-time All-Pro.
“I didn’t really think about it that much,” Williams said. “I told my wife, and I was like, that’s a lot of games, but I don’t know, my teammates talked about it more than I did. I just go play.”
Williams has reached the mark by being exceptionally durable. The former Viking has missed just five games in his entire career.
And he’s still going strong. Playing a surprising 52.3 percent of the defense’s snaps this season, Williams has made 28 tackles, forced two fumbles, broken up two passes and blocked an extra point for the Saints this season. The veteran just keeps going.
“It’s tiring during the week, but Sunday, what you’re playing for, that’s always your reward,” Williams said. “That’s how I’ve always looked at playing in the league. You do this hard work to get to Sunday, and then you dig down, no matter what.”
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