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Williams' announcement took Sanders by surprise

Updated: July 27, 2004, 4:00 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Barry Sanders, who unexpectedly left football five years ago, said even he was surprised to learn Miami's Ricky Williams had done the same thing.

"I'm as surprised as anyone," Sanders said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. "Even for me, it seems very strange."

Williams, 27, decided to retire at the peak of his career, stunning the Dolphins and leaving an enormous void in their backfield less than a week before the start of training camp.

Williams, ...

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