2.22.2012

Ricky Williams calls it a career

Austin, TX -

The former All-Pro running back Ricky Williams decided to retire after 11 NFL season.

34-year-old Williams is the star at the University of Texas and first-round pick of the Spirit of New Orleans announced. He spent most of career with the Miami Dolphins and played his final season with the Baltimore Ravens.

"The NFL has been remarkable in the page of a chapter of my life," Williams said in a statement released by the University of Texas, where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1998. "May I pray for all my adventures in successive offers the same potential for growth, success and most importantly fun I would like to thank all my fans, teammates, coaches and supporters of what I gave the strength to overcome so much .. ";

Williams rushed for 009 yards with 10 goals in 66 147 NFL games, but is also remembered for his many violations of the drug policy of the NFL, a disorder gay and some of the last period of stability after returning from his sudden withdrawal and suspension for one year.

The former champion runner in the NFL to take a supporting role in the Ravens this season, gaining 444 yards and scored two goals, while backup Ray Rice. News of Williams called the race came two weeks after he said he wants to return to the Ravens in the last two years the period of his contract.

"I have to thank coach [John] Harbaugh and the Ravens organization for the opportunity they gave me this year," Williams said in a statement. "I really like and appreciate the real opportunity to end a great album."

Williams spent his first three NFL seasons with the Saints, who traded six of his election in 1999 the project, and two picks next year to move up and select a prominent former Texas fifth overall pick in the year 1999.

After the two reach a plateau 1,000 meters in the Spirit, Williams led the NFL in rushing in 1853 his first season with Miami in 2002. He added that the 1372 meters in the next year suddenly stopped before training camp in 2004.

Williams rejoined the Dolphins in 2005, after he was required to return the bonus money for breach of contract. Later, he was suspended for the 2006 season after a fourth violation of drug policy in the league.

No play in the NFL in 2006, Williams signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. In Argos, rushed for 623 yards to 124 cavities and arrested the 24 tickets for 193 yards. He also responded to two months of the season with a broken arm.

Williams played only one game in 2007 before recovering in a hurry to 1.121 yards and 11 goals two years later. Not appear at the end of the season with the Dolphins, with only 673 total yards in 2010.

His accomplishments in Texas, including the title back-to-back NCAA rushing in 1997 and 1998. He remains all school leaders time to 6279 yards.

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