Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams admitted during a recent interview that he may retire following the upcoming season, according to an article at www.columbiatribune.com.
Williams was the subject of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, during which he said he could envision the end of his playing career drawing near, possibly as soon as 2011. He also said "My body is probably the single biggest factor in the decision. Football is a game, especially the way I play, where if you can’t be 100 percent, you can’t do it."
At this point, it's difficult to take Williams at his word. He once retired from football to spend more time smoking weed, so using his breaking down body as an excuse rings a little hollow. He's been as unreliable a teammate as there's been in the NFL over the last few seasons, and despite his production on the field he's no longer a true No. 1 back.
In fact, one has to wonder how much of an impact his retirement will have on the Miami Dolphins anyway. Ronnie Brown has clearly usurped Williams as the top back in the offense, and with an entire year to plan for Williams' potential departure the Dolphins can no doubt locate a suitable replacement.
Williams is no longer the dominant talent the Saints once mortgaged an entire draft for. Whether he's retiring next season or not won't change that.