Have Dolphins fans gotten over Ricky Williams betrayals in 2004 and 2006? You remember, Ricky Williams surprisingly announced his sudden retirement from the NFL? We learned shortly thereafter that Ricky had tested positive in December of 2003 for marijuana. Ricky would later say that he was too embarrassed to face the NFL after failing another drug test. The same fans that cheered for Ricky during his 1,800 + yard season of 2002 were now hurt that their star running back could turn his back on the Dolphins.
After retiring for the 2004 season, Williams returned to the Dolphins in 2005 under then-coach, Nick Saban….only to fail another drug test. Strike 2 for Ricky with Dolphins fans. He was subsequently suspended for the entire 2006 season and went on to play in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts. He was reinstated into the NFL in 2007 and returned yet again to the Dolphins where he stayed through the 2010 season. Thankfully, Ricky did not fail another drug test! He was not resigned by the Dolphins and he spent last season (2011) with the Baltimore Ravens.
After all of that, it seems as though the enigmatic NFL career of Ricky Williams is about to come to an end. Earlier today, Ricky Williams let it be known that he will be retiring from the NFL. Ricky is a much different person than he was when he entered the league. You remember that right? Mike Ditka and the Saints traded their entire draft to move up and get Ricky? Then Ricky was photographed for a magazine wearing a wedding dress?
That Ricky seems to be a thing of the past. Ricky is now about to move on with the next phase of his life. Ricky was never a football player….he was a guy that played football because it was something he was good at. Now, in retirement, maybe Ricky can finally do something he enjoys….We wish Ricky the best of luck and congratulate him on an excellent, although roller-coaster like, NFL career.