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MojoMan
02-07-2012, 02:36 PM
Ricky Williams was drafted in 1999 by Mike Ditka and the New Orleans Saints, who traded their entire draft that year for the rights to pick him. While Williams turned out to be a good running back, he never approached the superstar status that Mike Ditka apparently believed he had.

Good luck, Ricky.

Ricky Williams plans to retire (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7551024/ricky-williams-baltimore-ravens-planning-retire-11-seasons)

Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams has decided to retire from the NFL after 11 seasons, he announced Tuesday.

"The NFL has been an amazing page in this chapter of my life," Williams said in a statement released by the University of Texas. "I pray that all successive adventures offer me the same potential for growth, success and most importantly fun. I want to thank all my fans, teammates, coaches and supporters for the strength they've given me to overcome so much."

Williams briefly retired once before, missing the 2004 season. He was facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy before he shockingly announced he was leaving the game. He returned, however, in 2005.

Since winning the Heisman Trophy at Texas and joining the New Orleans Saints in 1999, Williams has rushed for 10,009 yards and scored 74 touchdowns.

He is one of only 26 NFL running backs to rush for more than 10,000 yards in a career.

Then-Saints coach Mike Ditka traded all of his draft picks in 1999 and New Orleans' first- and third-round picks in 2000 to pick Williams fifth overall.

He has had five 1,000-yard seasons and served as a workhorse for both the Saints and Miami Dolphins.

Williams led the NFL with 1,853 yards rushing in 2002 and made the Pro Bowl.

Now 34, Williams assumed a backup role with the Ravens last season. Playing behind Ray Rice, Williams gained 444 yards on 108 attempts and scored two touchdowns.

"I have to thank Coach (John) Harbaugh and the Ravens organization for the opportunity they gave me this year," Williams said in the statement. "I had so much fun and really appreciated the chance to finish on such a great note."

HOU-TEX
02-07-2012, 03:06 PM
Hmm, I thought I had just read last week that he was planning on returning for another year?

Dutchrudder
02-07-2012, 03:09 PM
He's 34, which means he played well past the average age of a RB. Can't blame him for retiring, he's had a great career and probably wouldn't have many prospects in free agency.

Double Barrel
02-07-2012, 03:16 PM
Good luck, Ricky! Now you can be a member of the Doobie Brothers again! :howdy:

Doppelganger
02-07-2012, 06:29 PM
Is he REALLY retiring or did he fail another drug test?

Showtime100
02-07-2012, 06:54 PM
Occupy Austin intends to occupy City Hall since they got no advance notice.

Texaninlild
02-08-2012, 12:22 AM
Ricky will star in Up in Smoke II :popcorn:

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn63/Texaninlild/Cheech.jpg

mattieuk
02-08-2012, 01:45 AM
Good luck, Ricky! Now you can be a member of the Doobie Brothers again! :howdy:

That was my first thought!

Who wouldn't want to start being able to smoke up again, once you've got a few mill in the bank and are set for life!

drunkcookie
02-08-2012, 08:58 AM
This dude has lived a hell of a life: free-ride to college; won the Heisman; made some mill; took a break from his job to go "find himself"; came back and pretty much still had a job; made some more money; left job on own terms...

Hope the last half or more of his life is as badass for him as the first...

Double Barrel
02-08-2012, 12:53 PM
This dude has lived a hell of a life: free-ride to college; won the Heisman; made some mill; took a break from his job to go "find himself"; came back and pretty much still had a job; made some more money; left job on own terms...

Hope the last half or more of his life is as badass for him as the first...

I understand where you are coming from with the "free-ride to college" blast, but I think it's incorrect.

I have a son who is getting the so-called "free-ride to college" on a football scholarship, and it is a year round commitment. In addition, as a football player, he is part of a team that brings in lots of money to the university, so is a symbiotic relationship between colleges and players. They are earning that scholarship in the same way that we work to earn a paycheck.

El Tejano
02-08-2012, 12:58 PM
Long live Harry Potter!http://news.fanfeedr.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ricky_williams.jpg