Ricky Williams Retires

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  1. WallyGator

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    What's with Ricky? I really believe he means to retire early. I know from experience that taking those hard hits 30+ times a game take their toll. Just hope the fans are not too hard on him. I kind of admire him for his decision not to be controlled to the point where its a threat to his future.
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  2. FriendofSpurgeon

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    While you may want to admire him for his decision, the timing of his decision -- one week before camp -- leaves much to be desired.

    His last minute decision is selfish to the nth degree without regard to the fans, to his employer and to his teammates who were counting on him.
     
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    "For who? For what?"
    (Ricky Williams in one of his early games for the Eagles after muffing a easy pass).

    Ricky Williams has always been for Ricky Williams and no one else.

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    I suppose you mean "against" the Eagles, since Ricky Williams has never played "for" them.

    I am not aware of any type of situation like this since Ricky has been with the Dolphins. In fact, his body has taken some blows over the past two years with depleted offensive line.

    In this situation though, Ricky is for Ricky with zero thoughts towards his team.
     
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    You're sure right!
    I was thinkin' of Ricky Waters

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    Is Ricky Williams a Baptist? Perhaps he is related to Roger Williams! Maybe that would explain his separatistic tendencies.
     
  7. WallyGator

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    I think Ricky Williams is a product of the pro sports world that created him. Sure, it's wrong to leave your team out on a limb like that, but can it be any worse than what the owners do to the players? If I really thought Ricky did any DEEP thinking on it, I might have to say it could classify as poetic justice!
     
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    I always wonder about athletes who leave and talk about how free they feel aftewards. Williams did this. Eric Crouch did this when he didn't want to play WR (although his "retirement" has been embarassing to watch.)

    I have to agree, a week before camp is absolutely terrible, perhaps the only time worse would be the week before the super bowl (assuming you are in the super bowl at the time).
     
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    It seems that there may have been another reason Ricky Williams quit though he denies it was the main reason.

    FOX SPORTS LINK: Williams says he failed third drug test before quitting
    :rolleyes:
     
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    As a former semipro fullback/linebacker, I can sympathize with Ricky just a little. But his TIMING was pure selfishness. And, I tend to believe that his drug use had at least SOMETHING to do with it.

    Shoot, I played just because I loved to play, and I played until my body said, "Enuff, already!" But, I'm me, and Ricky is Ricky.

    I wonder if the death of his friend, Doak Walker, had anything to do with it? He and Ricky were very close when Ricky's pro career began. And Doak had retired after only 6 years and 2 NFL titles.


    Barry Sanders basically did the same thing, although there was no problems with drugs in his life. Barry became disgusted with the Lions' management because he didn't believe they were committed to building a winning team.

    Jim Brown quit at the height of his career, but his timing was better for the welfare of his team & his fans. And he had Leroy Kelly & Ernie Green ready to take his place.

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    Ricky had better think of cutting his vacation short. With the Dolphins possibly going after 8 million signing bonuses and the price of pot getting higher; he might have to find work! :rolleyes: ;) :eek:
     
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    There is already talk that Ricky will be a Raider in '05. Most misfits and castoffs in the league end up there sooner or later and flourish in that environment. A few examples: George Blanda, Ted Hendricks, Bubba Smith, Billy Cannon, Lyle Alzado, Jim Plunkett, Ronnie Lott, Mike Haynes, Rich Gannon and Jerry Rice. Ricky would be a natural there.
     

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