Kevin Williams is the best athlete from Arkansas in pro sports 

The Minnesota Viking lets his play speak for itself on the field.

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"If you want a fair shake with those guys, you had better seek [legal] advice," he said in March. "Because they will stick behind the letter of the law. They could be as wrong as two left shoes, but they'll stick by it."

Just before this season began, the NFL announced that it would suspend Williams for two games and fine him for four games. Four games worth of Williams' $6 million salary amounted to $1,411,764.

"I'd do it again," he told the ESPN Twin Cities website. "I still think those guys are wrong, but only one side gets punished."


"Daddy, where mommy go?" Kevin II, Williams' toddler son, who he calls "Deuce," wants to know as he scoots through his Arkansas dining room.

"She's hiding; go find her," Williams drawled with a smile.

"He's into everything," Williams said of Deuce. "I'm trying to get him adapted to fishing. I show him how to throw the rod. But he keeps throwing them in the water. And he's always flipping the switches on the boat. I thought we were stuck one time; we had to troll back to the dock. I took the motor in to be serviced, and it turned out he'd pulled the emergency switch."

Normally, when pro athletes return to Arkansas during the offseason or on breaks, Keith Jackson said they usually want everyone to know where they're going to be hanging out. Or you see them out socializing.

"You don't know when Kevin comes into the state. That's not his personality," Jackson said.

When Williams is in Arkansas, the only public appearances he makes are at fishing holes. Mostly he fishes in South Arkansas, but in March he said he'd just started to explore nearby Lake Conway. "I'm figuring out that the crappie fishing in Conway is big time. I just got to figure out how to catch 'em."

Otherwise, you'll find him at home. "I sit in the house and play with the kids," he said. His wife, Tasha, a former college basketball standout from Louisiana Tech who grew up in Kingsland, confirms: "He cooks. He cleans. He changes diapers." In March, the Williamses were adjusting to life with a second child, 6-week-old daughter Aubrey, who looks like a doll in Williams' arms. "I bet he's changed just as many diapers as I have," said Tasha approvingly.

For fun, the Williamses sing karaoke. Tasha said Erica and Jermain Taylor got her and Kevin hooked on karaoke (Erica was Tasha's college teammate at Louisiana Tech). But rather than go out, the Williams have invested in karaoke set-ups in their houses in Minnesota and Arkansas. "We are serious karaokers," Tasha said. "We have the strobe lights. We have huge speakers that sit on stands."

Kevin thinks "he's the karaoke king," Tasha said. "He sings Elvis. He thinks that's his niche. He also likes the Michael Jackson experience. He moves pretty well."

"I was skeptical at first," Williams said. "But you get a little liquid courage, and we have a good time."

This is Williams' ninth season. He's under contract with Minnesota until 2014, and he said he hopes to add some more years to that. The end isn't near enough for Williams to consider the specifics of his post-NFL career.

"After football, hopefully I save enough money, so I can relax for a year or two. Hopefully, when I retire, my wife will kick in, and I'll be a stay-at-home dad."


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