Reports: Ricky Williams To Retire From NFL

The running back reportedly decided to call it a career after 11 seasons with three teams.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Categories: Garrett Downing

Ravens running back Ricky Williams is planning to retire after 11 seasons in the NFL, according to multiple media reports.

The Ravens organization has not made any comments about the recent reports.

Williams tweeted Tuesday afternoon saying, “Thank you all, but this ain’t it, I’m gonna do something really special. ‘Be you and change the world.’”

Williams is reportedly calling it a career after one season in Baltimore, where he backed up Ray Rice and rushed for 444 yards and two touchdowns. Before playing with the Ravens, Williams spent three years in New Orleans and seven in Miami.

The news comes just two weeks after Williams said that he planned to return to the Ravens next year for the final season of his two-year contract.

“My body feels good and I know I’m going to train hard and so I’m excited about next year,” Williams said at the time.

Williams has 10,009 rushing yards and 66 touchdowns on 2,431 carries. He is just one of 26 players in NFL history to top 10,000 career rushing yards.

Ravens fullback Vonta Leach gave Williams praise on Twitter, writing, “Love and respect. 10,000 career yards, not many Rbs can say that. It was a pleasure blocking n playing in same backfield with u.”

If he returned for another season, Williams would be 35 years old and might be the oldest running back in the league. Kevin Faulk, 35, and Sammy Morris, 34, are currently older but could also retire this offseason.

Williams’ decision to retire would create a void at backup running back for the Ravens, leaving them with second-year running back Anthony Allen, who had just three carries last season. The Ravens also have second-year running back Damien Berry on their practice squad.

Williams retired from the NFL once before, in 2004. He came into the NFL as the fifth overall pick in the 1999 draft.

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