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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Dolphins' RB Williams retires

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posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 03:05 AM
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I fault him for his timing more than his decision...he could have been the better teammate and left earlier, or waited a year and informed them of the decision in advance....

Now what he's done is left a team that's offense is built around him.

He's almost certainly doomed the Dolphins to a poor season. He's stolen a precious season from his teammates who are in search of a superbowl ring. And he's dissapointed the thousands of fans who pay his salary/pot money to watch him play.




posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 12:32 PM
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I don't like what he has done either. He's an awesome running back, and he showed up at training camp in the best condition of his life, only to quit mere days before the start of the season. He should have at least had the decency to quit early in camp, with some notice.


TRD

posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 03:44 PM
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Almost as soon as Ricky Williams was done telling the Dolphins he was retiring after five seasons, Edgerrin James was expressing interest in returning to South Florida to play for the team with a big hole at running back, according to the Miami Herald. The newspaper reported James who is an unrestricted free agent after this season told several people he wouldn't mind returning to the place where he grew up and later starred at the University of Miami. link



posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 08:31 PM
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So, do the Colts make a trade, and get something for him, or let him play out the season, and get nothing for him?


Ben

posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 09:24 PM
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I wouldnt count on Dave having his job next season, i dont think the dolphins will make the playoffs at all. They lost there key player, who do they have now, unless somebody steps up.



posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 09:34 PM
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Nah, Wannstedt's gone after this, for sure...


TRD

posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 12:34 PM
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MIAMI (AP) - Retired Dolphins running back Ricky Williams said he failed a third drug test for marijuana use, which would cost him a four-game suspension if he decides to return to the NFL, The Miami Herald reported on its Web site Thursday.

Williams told the newspaper that marijuana played a larger role in his retirement than he indicated when he walked away after just five pro seasons. He said he learned of the failed test and possible suspension days before telling coach Dave Wannstedt last week that he was through playing.

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posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 09:55 PM
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That explains a fair bit



posted on Aug, 3 2004 @ 12:39 AM
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Running back Ricky Williams, who informed the Miami Dolphins last month that he was retiring, has filed the necessary paperwork with the NFL Management Council. The filing will mean that he cannot play this season if he chooses to return to football.

David Cornwell, general counsel to sports agent Leigh Steinberg, filed Williams' retirement papers late last week with the NFL Management Council. It was necessary for Williams to file such papers because he was in the NFL substance-abuse program. He filed as a way to tell the league officially that he no longer would be subject to random drug testing.

Under league rules, if a player in its substance-abuse program files retirement papers, he cannot unretire for a year without penalty. If he unretires in less than a year, it's counted as a positive drug test in the NFL program -- which, in Williams' case, would be his fourth positive test and would result in an indefinite suspension.

If Williams unretires after a year, he still would be facing a four-game suspension, having now, according to him, recently tested positive for marijuana for a third time under the NFL's testing program. A third positive test brings with it a mandatory four-game suspension.

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