But, while he was all about hanging out with the kids on Tuesday, he still has plans to hang out with the boys in the Vikings locker room. Already the NFL's oldest defensive player at age 38, he plans to be a defensive version of Brett Favre. While the Vikings are having a depressing season, Big Pat said he's ready to give another shot next year … and potentially beyond.
"I'll play (next season)," Williams said. "(I've) talked about it, thought about it. I'm still feeling good, I'm still playing good and the game part is easy. So I'm still going to play."
The bigger question may be this: Is Minnesota where he wants to finish his career? A free agent following the season, there is likely to be interest in him from a few teams that are looking for a big run-stuffer. But, when push comes to shove, if he has his way, Williams will stay in his Winter Park rocking chair. When asked if he wants to stay in Minnesota, he didn't mince words.
"That's what I'm hoping," Williams said. "It ain't all about no money to me. God has blessed me, so I just enjoy playing."
And he may not be looking at a one-year deal to close out his career. He has a challenge in front of him to catch another legendary nose tackle for games played to etch his name is the history books. When asked how long he thinks he can keep playing at a high level, Williams said he's looking long term.
"A couple more years," Williams said. "That's my goal. I'm trying to beat out Ted Washington."
Washington played 17 seasons in the NFL. Williams is in his 14th season.
Pat and teammate Kevin Williams provided inspiration for kids that are dealing with life-threatening illnesses during their visit Tuesday and said he is trying to do the same with his younger teammates – letting them know that, despite dire circumstances, giving up isn't an option.
"I've been telling the young guys it ain't dead yet," Williams said. "I've been playing a long time, so it ain't dead yet. If everybody just gets the focus, we can still end the season with a positive."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.