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Topic: Ricky Williams Retires
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 02/08/12 13:04
So Ricky Williams is retiring from the NFL? Why am I not buying it?
 
Could it be that he's retired before only to change his mind? There's no telling if he could change his mind again. He's had quite the unpredictable career.
 
1999: The New Orleans Saints traded all of their draft picks, plus 1st and 3rd round picks in 2000 to the Washington Redskins to move up to the 5th spot to select Williams. In August, Williams and Saints Head Coach Mike Ditka posed on the cover of ESPN the magazine as bride and groom.
 
2001: Considered something of an oddball by the media, public, and possibly even teammates, Williams is diagnosed with social anxiety disorder and begins receiving treatment.
 
2002: Traded to Miami Dolphins. Led the NFL in rushing attempts (383) and rushing yards (1,853).
 
2004: In May, Williams is suspended 4 games by the NFL for failing a drug test (his second violation; testing positive for marijuana). In July, Williams abruptly retires. Later it's revealed he failed a third drug test in 2004 kicking in an additional one full year suspension from the league. In August, the Dolphins start the legal proceedings to recoup $8.6 million from Williams. In September, they win in court and Williams is required to repay money to the team. Williams changes mind and says he wants to un-retire (probably for monetary reasons) and starts negotiating with the league to get reinstated. Williams sits the entire 2004 season.
 
2005: Williams saga with NFL gets more bizarre from January thru June. Williams joins a holistic college and learns meditation and yoga while still trying to negotiate a comeback. In a deal brokered with the NFL, the league considers the full calendar year Williams was "retired" sufficient for fulfilling the one year suspension for the third violation, but he still faces a 4 game suspension for the second violation. In July, Ricky is allowed to return to Miami just as training camp begins. Williams sits out the first 4 games to complete serving his suspension but plays the rest of the year in tandem with rookie Ronnie Brown in a split backfield.
 
2006: In February it's announced that Williams failed a 4th drug test (although this time it was not for marijuana, but a stimulant found in an herbal supplement). Williams appeals and loses in April. He is suspended for another full year. Miami and the NFL allow Williams to spend the year playing in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts. The fiasco this created within the CFL about rules violations within their organization's structure creates temporary chaos in the CFL. A broken arm suffered during the CFL's season causes Williams to miss several weeks. In November, CFL closes the "loophole" in their rules that allowed Williams to play in their league.
 
2007: In April, Williams applies for reinstatement to NFL. In May, it's reported that Williams has tested positive for marijuana and his reinstatement application gets pushed off until October. In November, Williams gets reinstated by the league. He finally gets a chance to play in week 12 but tears a chest muscle and after only 6 rushing attempts his season is over and he is placed on injured reserve.
 
2008: Apparently rejuvenated and determined to make up for lost time and seasons, Williams keeps his nose clean and plays all 16 games for Miami in a RBBC with Ronnie Brown. Is given a contract extension by the Dolphins thru 2009 season. Hints 2009 may be his last season.
 
2009: Takes over as feature RB in 10th game of season after spending most of the first 9 games in a limited time share with Ronnie Brown (Brown suffered a season ending injury). Williams posts his first 1,000+ rushing yards season since 2003. Signs another 1 year extension with Miami. Hints again that the next season may be his last.
 
2010: Last season in Miami. After season is over Williams says he wants to continue playing. He becomes an unrestricted free agent but the 2011 lockout prevents him from going thru a true free agent off-season.
 
2011: After lockout ends, Williams signs a 2 year deal with Baltimore Ravens. Plays all 16 games and averages 4.1 yards per rushing attempt in a limited role behind Ray Rice.
 
And now we have his second retirement from the NFL. I've had fun over the years in this fantasy football blog with Williams and his obscurities. I said several times how he wasted his amazing talent because of an inability to stay off the pot. But at the very least he has always managed to bounce back. He's gone from being a weirdo, to a fantasy stud, to a joke, to being a guy who re-earned the respect of teammates and fans alike. Now that he's announced his retirement at age 34 (he'll be 35 in May), I have to say I'll kind of miss him.
 
If he stays retired that is…
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