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windowsblowsass
Jul 26, 2004, 06:54 AM
at the age of 27 ricky williams retired from football

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=1846361

Abstract
Jul 26, 2004, 08:41 AM
Good for him.

I realized that the our tight-ass, anal North American society isn't the only way it works when I travelled around, not even when I went to "western countries" outside of North America, and I was lucky enough to be younger than 27 when I realized this.

craigdawg
Jul 26, 2004, 09:44 AM
Who cares really, unless you're from Miami or your fantasy league has already drafted. :)

jefhatfield
Jul 26, 2004, 12:45 PM
at the age of 27 ricky williams retired from football

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=1846361

well at 27 he has more money than 99.9 percent of us will have will a lifetime of working...sure, it's a little early but like the article mentions, many in his position opted out early

kickers, who don't take the same physical abuse, last longer and often play well into their late 30s

ricky still has some life left in him and i wouldn't be surprised if he came out of retirement and did another few seasons with the nfl...he certainly can take an announcer job, if he gets over his social anxiety disorder

i have a teacher friend who didn't achieve his full tenured position due to the disorder...what normally takes 36 months for his school and the average professor took him 17 years to reach because he just never felt comfortable out of his house and around other people...you could tell that even when he speaks to one person, besides his wife, he is in an extreme state of torture

it's a quirky disease, and it doesn't make rational sense, but it's very real and documented...perhaps it could have contributed to him leaving the limelight of the national press

even though he did not play for any of the teams i rooted for, any california team, i still realized that he was a major talent...i wish the best for him whatever he decides to do with his life...even if he ran through/over raiders, chargers, and 49ers like they were high school defenders ;)

Whigga Spitta
Jul 26, 2004, 01:39 PM
maybe he'll come back when they legalize marijuana in the NFL...

yellow
Jul 26, 2004, 01:44 PM
[snicker] Squish the Fish!

dsyntax
Jul 26, 2004, 02:32 PM
The only bad thing I can see about it is the timing. He has ever right to retire, b ut doing it one week before training camp is a pretty crappy move.

-Doops

wdlove
Jul 26, 2004, 02:57 PM
I had never heard of Ricky Williams until the announcement on our local sports last evening. I agree that he has more money than 99.9% of us. Wonder what his second career will be about. Will it be humanitarian or money?

yellow
Jul 26, 2004, 02:59 PM
Wonder what his second career will be about.

As Whigga Spitta alluded to, I'm sure Rickardo will spend some "quaility time" with his favorite vegatable and glassware.

keysersoze
Jul 26, 2004, 06:27 PM
I always liked him... good for him! Life's too short to be unhappy.

davecuse
Jul 26, 2004, 09:38 PM
I wish I had Ricky Williams money, I would like to be able to retire in 4 years. I can understand why he would want to opt out of the NFL a little earlier than most, it's a tough sport, you are under constant physical abuse. That plus those drug tests are seriously interferring with his social life.

It's been a very exciting off-season in the NFL, this is kind of the icing on the cake. I would have to say that Ricky's timing could not have been worse though, talk about leaving your team high and dry. It's ok, I'm an Eagles fan anyway. (I've had plenty of exciting news to read about this year)

windowsblowsass
Jul 26, 2004, 10:18 PM
The only bad thing I can see about it is the timing. He has ever right to retire, b ut doing it one week before training camp is a pretty crappy move.

-Doops
my thoughts exactly hre didnt even notify the team until friday and if he had been planning this u think he would have started at least aweek or two earlier at least then he would have given enough respect to his team to allow them a chance and a good rb and a shot at the season

jemeinc
Jul 26, 2004, 11:19 PM
Strange dude, very strange... Guy can't give up the chronic now, even for millions & millions of dollars... He doesn't have as much money as people think... His first contract was very poor by todays standards (due to another strange decision from Ricky regarding his choice of agents), he'll be back when he gets sick of riding elephants & getting smoked up in Asia...

jefhatfield
Jul 26, 2004, 11:28 PM
Strange dude, very strange... Guy can't give up the chronic now, even for millions & millions of dollars... He doesn't have as much money as people think... His first contract was very poor by todays standards (due to another strange decision from Ricky regarding his choice of agents), he'll be back when he gets sick of riding elephants & getting smoked up in Asia...

i will make a guess that he has more than anyone who has posted on this thread ;)

but he certainly has not made the bucks that someone like #22 has running the ball 4 or 5 yards a shot

LethalWolfe
Jul 27, 2004, 01:36 AM
Although I'm sad to see him go (I think he had more than a few good years left in him) and kinda pissed that he walked out on his team so close to the start of the season I wish him the best. I hope this wasn't a rash decission on his part and that he finds the happiness off the field that he's looking for.


Lethal

G4scott
Jul 27, 2004, 01:44 AM
Interesting... If true, I'll be at the same university as him :cool:

Some close to Williams not surprised by retirement

UT coach Mack Brown says running back talked about returning to school to finish his degree

By Rick Cantu


AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF


Monday, July 26, 2004


Two weeks ago, Ricky Williams told an old Austin friend this would be his final season in the National Football League.

The star running back for the Miami Dolphins had said he was motivated to make 2004 the best season of his pro career.

"I thought he'd probably do that and ride off into the sunset," said John Bianco, who as media relations director for University of Texas athletics was at Williams' side almost daily during his Heisman Trophy campaign in 1998. "He felt better than he's ever felt before and he had been working hard. I know he wanted to leave in good health."

When word of Williams' sudden retirement -- one week before training camp -- became public Saturday night, Bianco was hardly shocked. The former Longhorn just decided to leave a year earlier than planned.

"My guess is that he wanted to play one more year for everybody else," Bianco said Sunday. "He wanted to help the team reach the Super Bowl. He wanted to be there for the fans. Then he probably stepped back and, in good health, realized the best years of his life are still ahead of him."

While Dolphins fans are understandably stunned that their best offensive player decided to retire, some who knew him best from his record-setting days in Austin saw it coming.

"This is something Ricky has thought about for a long time," Longhorns Coach Mack Brown said Saturday in a statement. "He always told me he couldn't wait until the time came when he could come back to school and finish his degree."

Williams, who turned 27 in May, informed Brown of his decision to quit football late last week.

"When he asked me how I would feel about his decision, I told him I would like him even if he had never played football," Brown said.

Bianco and Brown said Williams' health was a major factor in his decision. During their conversation, Williams told Bianco that no NFL running back has carried the football more than he has in the past two seasons.

Indeed, Williams had a league-high 775 carries over that span. Adding four seasons of football at Texas, the 228-pound Williams has absorbed a lot of punishment for nine consecutive years.

By leaving football early, Williams may be hoping to avoid the constant pain his mentor and fellow ex-Longhorn, Earl Campbell, has suffered since retiring from the NFL in 1985. After beginning his career with four magnificent seasons with the Houston Oilers, gaining 6,457 yards on 1,404 carries in that span, the Hall of Famer was often injured and relatively ineffective in the final years of an eight-year career.

By comparison, Campbell gained 2,950 yards on 783 yards in his final four seasons with Houston and the New Orleans Saints. Today, Campbell has trouble walking, a reminder of the hits he absorbed while playing football.

"People don't realize what it feels to wake up on Monday morning after a football game," Bianco said. "It's such a violent sport. Players have to work real hard to stay motivated."

Although no one questions Williams' ferocity on the football field, Bianco and Texas assistant athletic director Bill Little said he was never consumed by the game.

"Ricky had always said that he wanted to become a teacher and help elementary schoolkids," Little said.

Bianco recalls Williams returning to Texas for his senior year, even though he could have signed a lucrative NFL contract by leaving as a junior. Never motivated by money, Williams often said winning the Heisman Trophy would be his "lifelong crowning achievement" in football.

"Ricky played for the love of the game," Bianco said. "His dream was to be the best college football player ever. When he reached that goal, everything else was icing on the cake."

Williams needs about 1 1/2 years to earn a bachelor's degree in education, Bianco said. Brown added that Williams will return to Texas to finish his education.

"I am happy that Ricky is healthy and has a bright future ahead of him," Brown said. "We look forward to having him back here in Austin as soon as it works out for him."