Vikes' Pat Williams '50-50' on retiring

NFL Notes

TV ratings way up

January 26, 2010|By From Sun news services

Brett Favre isn't the only star player who could retire from the Minnesota Vikings.

Defensive tackle Pat Williams said Monday that he's "50-50" on whether he'll return for the final year of his contract. At 37, Williams is the oldest player on the team except for Favre, the 40-year-old quarterback.

Williams, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, said he feels fine physically, but is mentally "drained" after a devastating end to his 13th NFL season. The Vikings lost to the New Orleans Saints in overtime of the NFC championship game Sunday.

BIG RATINGS: The conference championship games drew the most viewers in 28 years.

The two games Sunday averaged 52.9 million viewers, up 34 percent from last season. The dramatic NFC championship attracted 57.9 million viewers, the most since San Francisco beat Dallas on "The Catch" in 1982. New Orleans' overtime victory on Fox was the most watched non- Super Bowl program since the series finale of "Seinfeld" 12 years ago.

The Colts' win on CBS drew 46.9 million viewers, the most for an AFC title game since Patriots- Dolphins in 1986.

COLTS: Star defensive end Dwight Freeney sprained his right ankle on a pass rush with about two minutes remaining in the AFC championship game but is expected to play in the Super Bowl.

PATRIOTS: Quarterback Tom Brady says he won't need surgery this offseason.

Brady played much of the season with finger and rib injuries, after missing all but the first quarter of the previous season with a left knee injury that required surgery.

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