Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Ricky retires: a look at a special career
Ricky Williams announced his retirement from the NFL, and while he finished his career with the Baltimore Ravens, he's better known for his years with the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints.
He holds Miami's single-season and single-game rushing records, and trails only Hall-of-Famer Larry Csonka on the team's career rushing list. He finished his career with 10,009 rushing yards, one of just 26 players in NFL history to eclipse the 10,000-yard mark.
In 2002 he had an All-Pro and Pro-Bowl season when he led the NFL with 1,853 rushing yards, a Dolphins record. He led the league in rushing attempts that year and again in 2003.
He started with New Orleans where Mike Ditka famously gave up eight Saints draft picks to take the Heisman Trophy winner fifth overall in 1999 (all six 1999 picks plus first- and third-round picks in 2000). Despite spending just three seasons in New Orleans, Williams is sixth on the Saints all-time rushing list.
At the University of Texas, Williams rewrote the record books. He broke Tony Dorsett's career rushing record on November 27, 1998 against rival Texas A&M.
He finished his career as the all-time FBS leader in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns (he has since been passed in both categories).
Williams had 11 games with 200 yards rushing (tied with Marcus Allen and Ron Dayne for most in FBS history) and is the only player in FBS history to run for 300 yards in back-to-back games.
There's no doubt he's the best runner to play at Texas; he recorded 11 of the 28 200-yard rushing games in school history.