Thread: Ricky Williams retires!!!
07-25-2004, 12:26 PM #1
Ricky Williams retires!!!
The 27-year-old Williams, who rushed for 3,225 yards in two seasons with the Dolphins, told them this week of his decision before leaving town, a team source told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
His retirement after just five NFL seasons caught the Dolphins by surprise. The news was first reported by The Miami Herald.
"You can't understand how free I feel," Williams told the Herald in a cell phone interview July 24 before boarding a plane in Hawaii and heading to Asia to begin several months of travel.
Long ambivalent about life in the sports spotlight, Williams said there's no chance he'll change his mind, and he plans to file his retirement papers with the NFL on July 26 or 27. He told coach Dave Wannstedt of his decision July 23 and said Wannstedt tried to persuade him to reconsider.
Miami opens camp July 30.
Williams won the Heisman Trophy at Texas in 1998, and former New Orleans Saints coach Mike Ditka used all of his draft picks to acquire the standout running back the following spring. Williams played three seasons for New Orleans but didn't blossom until he was dealt in 2002 for two first-round draft picks to the Dolphins.
It was the team's biggest trade since 1970, and at times it looked like a steal. Williams led the NFL in 2002 with 1,853 yards rushing and broke nine team records. Last season he ran for 1,372 yards despite little offensive support.
In some ways Williams' decision to retire in his prime was not a surprise because he was never the stereotypical football player. His passions include shopping and photography, and in 2001 he was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, a condition contributing to his extreme shyness. While with the Saints, he often conducted interviews while wearing his helmet. He said he felt like a weirdo in New Orleans but professed to be happy during his two seasons with Miami.
The decision by Williams, who was to make about $3.5 million this season, is the latest setback in an abysmal offseason for the Dolphins. It started with a strange organizational reshuffling that included the hiring of former quarterback Dan Marino as vice president. He resigned 22 days later.
The Dolphins promoted running backs coach Joel Collier to offensive coordinator, but he later returned to his old job, citing health reasons. Tight end Randy McMichael was arrested following a domestic dispute, and Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas underwent knee surgery that will force him to miss part of the exhibition season.
And now, due to the timing of Williams' retirement, the Dolphins head into training camp with few options for filling the position. Eddie George, who might have been a possibility, signed with the Dallas Cowboys this week.
For the moment the job belongs to fourth-year backup Travis Minor, who has yet to start an NFL game.
Wannstedt was out of town July 25 and not immediately available for comment. Phone messages left with Dolphins general manager Rick Spielman and Williams' agent, Leigh Steinberg, weren't returned.
07-25-2004, 12:33 PM #2VET
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yeah i saw that on ESPN last night. 5 years. what a shockers. guess he's got plenty of free time to smoke the herb now and not worry about getting tested for it.
07-26-2004, 08:14 AM #3
He wants to go on an Asian kiddy porn tour.....Fukin c@ck smokin fagit!! And he does this a week before camp opens... @&*&@(^(&@$%^*%(!**$@#^$&(^@...We could have had Eddie George, but instead he goes to the friggin Cowboys....errrrrrrr
07-26-2004, 08:16 AM #4Originally Posted by OGPackin
I'd be pissed too, if he did this to my team. He could have told them two months ago. They also could have picked up Corey Dillon. But I hate the Fish, so screw 'em.
07-26-2004, 08:55 AM #5Originally Posted by bad_man
07-26-2004, 09:02 AM #6
Fu%$ williams he's gonna fu*( my whole draft.
07-26-2004, 09:11 AM #7Originally Posted by OGPackin
07-26-2004, 09:13 AM #8
alright now tom brady has to retire and the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS will rule the AFC East!
07-26-2004, 09:53 AM #9Associate Member
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theres a poll on espn.com.....how many games with the dolphins win this year. So far most people are saying 6 or 7
07-26-2004, 12:25 PM #10
The Dolphins are becoming the laughing stock of the league and its making me sick!!!!
07-26-2004, 01:00 PM #11Originally Posted by OGPackin
07-27-2004, 06:13 AM #12
The biggest issue and he said it was that even if he had to another test in a month he'd fail. He's got an issue with the hooch! Can't lay off the grass! Love taken down the big beefy boffo! Can't get Irie wit out it!
He'll come back after he's had a little r&r and a chance to clean his piss up.
Hell his mom's pissed! You know he'll be back after momma whomps on his ass!
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