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Ricky Williams calls Baltimore “a wonderful way to end my career”

Ricky Williams, Chad Henne AP

At the age of 34, Ricky Williams is already ancient by the standards of NFL running backs. So he knows he doesn’t have much time left in his career.

But Williams, who signed with the Ravens today, says that he thinks Baltimore is a place where he can go out on his own terms — as a winner.

Baltimore is a perennial playoff team,” Williams said on WQAM in Miami. “I’ve only been to the playoffs twice, and they were short trips. It’s a great opportunity, a wonderful way to end my career, so I am looking forward to it.”

Although he’s getting long in the tooth, Williams is still an effective runner: Last year with the Dolphins he carried 159 times for 673 yards. For his career, Williams has 9,565 rushing yards.

But for all he’s accomplished, Williams knows that a lot of people will look back at his time in the NFL and wonder what might have been. He made a bizarre decision to retire before the 2004 season, had to serve a four-game suspension when he returned in 2005, was suspended again for the entire 2006 season and played in only one game in 2007 because of a suspension and an injury.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” Williams said of his time in Miami. “I want to apologize for any hearts I broke. Hopefully, I was able to amend for that these last couple years.”

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  1. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Aug 8, 2011 7:34 PM

    Write it down now, the Ravens will win that division this year.

  2. laxer37 says: Aug 8, 2011 7:36 PM

    James Harrison can’t wait to help you with that “ending to your career”.

  3. rambo08 says: Aug 8, 2011 7:37 PM

    Always loved watching Ricky play.

  4. duanethomas says: Aug 8, 2011 7:37 PM

    Keep him away from The Corner.

  5. offsideburns says: Aug 8, 2011 7:38 PM

    “What’s that? Ah, playoffs? Don’t talk about – playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs?”

  6. tjacks7 says: Aug 8, 2011 7:38 PM

    Almost as great a way as leaving your team high and dry so you can go smoke dope.

  7. halftermguv says: Aug 8, 2011 7:38 PM

    Good luck Ricky, make sure you don’t get stabbed or run over by your new team mates.

  8. drumzan says: Aug 8, 2011 7:39 PM

    I call it a wonderful way for the Dolphins to reduce fumbles at very inconvenient times. Have fun with that Ravens!

  9. laxer37 says: Aug 8, 2011 7:39 PM

    Aparently Ozzie Newsome is alive after all.

    Better late than never.

  10. emersonbigguns says: Aug 8, 2011 7:39 PM

    It must be Ricky growing the grass at Soldier Field. Lenny Kravitz is the head horticulturist.

  11. myspaceyourface says: Aug 8, 2011 7:43 PM

    The Steelers can hardly wait. . . Flacco loses his security blanket to the Jets so they sign R.W. ha ha ha I love it.

  12. damnskins703 says: Aug 8, 2011 7:46 PM

    Wish nothing but the best for Ricky he has learned a lot and he already said he wouldn’t change it if he could do it again…Good luck to Ricky I will be rooting for him

  13. dionisios34ravens says: Aug 8, 2011 7:47 PM

    Can’t wait to run Williams behind Leach on Madden!

    X – X – Right Bumper – A (for da stiff arm) and away towards the END ZONE BAY-BEE:)

    Maybe a spin move (0) along the way, just for good measure;-)

  14. jessieboom says: Aug 8, 2011 7:47 PM

    Ricky Williams has apparently never been to Baltimore.

  15. 3octaveFart says: Aug 8, 2011 7:47 PM

    Ricky Williams calls Baltimore “a way to end my career”

    /fixed

  16. 6ringofsteelismyballsack says: Aug 8, 2011 7:48 PM

    Hopefully he puts up 250 yds n 5 tds in both games against sissy steelers(fake football fans)

  17. oldhamletman says: Aug 8, 2011 7:49 PM

    last year 4.2 yards per carry and still got crushing power… watch out

  18. cornersss says: Aug 8, 2011 7:52 PM

    “Write it down now, the Ravens will win that division this year.”

    They would have last year had the refs not given the Stealers that Dolphin game

  19. steeltownpride says: Aug 8, 2011 7:58 PM

    What happens when the Ravens cant run the ball ? After Boldin you have not much to throw the ball . You think Smith is going to be better than Mason ? LOL faster yes but you cant replace experience . And the TE’s are young and inexperienced . Could be a down year for the Ravens unless they run it 70% of the time . But that defense isnt the 2000 defense . I see disaster and dissapointment this season . 9-7 season for them .

  20. sourdough says: Aug 8, 2011 8:00 PM

    Puff, puff, pass Ricky!

  21. ronswansonsdinner says: Aug 8, 2011 8:06 PM

    I thought Ricky would go to a California team or Denver.

  22. fballguy says: Aug 8, 2011 8:15 PM

    Because I got high…because I got high…because I got high.

  23. stairwayto7 says: Aug 8, 2011 8:18 PM

    A druggie on the same team with murderer! Who will get whacked off on that team? Flacco??

  24. gdeli says: Aug 8, 2011 8:19 PM

    and smoke some weed! haha

  25. 3octaveFart says: Aug 8, 2011 8:25 PM

    cornersss says: Aug 8, 2011 7:52 PM

    “They would have last year had the refs not given the Stealers that Dolphin game”

    Geezus, the season hasn’t even started yet and you’re already crying about the refs??

    Some things in Baltimore NEVER change.

  26. koufaxmitzvah says: Aug 8, 2011 8:27 PM

    Hook ‘em and smoke ‘em, Ricky.

  27. 808raiderinparadise says: Aug 8, 2011 8:31 PM

    he will end it with a 6 footer bong toke after his last game.

  28. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Aug 8, 2011 8:34 PM

    It’s not what Stillers-Troll laxer37 says:
    James Harrison can’t wait to help you with that “ending to your career”.

    It is:
    “Commissioner Roger S. Goodell looks forward to ending James Harrison’s career.”

  29. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 8, 2011 8:35 PM

    Lets apply Steelers logic to last years Steelers team:

    What happens when the Steelers cant run the ball? After Ward you have not much to throw the ball. You think Wallace is going to be better than Holmes ? LOL faster yes but you cant replace experience .And the TE’s are young and inexperienced . Could be a down year for the Steelers unless they run it 70% of the time . But that defense isnt the 2008 defense . I see disaster and disappointment this season . 9-7 season for them .

  30. houmas says: Aug 8, 2011 8:43 PM

    All this time I thought he wanted to end his career with a kutchie.

  31. trickbunny says: Aug 8, 2011 8:43 PM

    “Baltimore is a perennial playoff team,” Williams said…

    Well, it’s good that he’ll be satisfied with reaching the 1st or 2nd round of the playoffs. I mean, it’s common knowledge that the Ravens can’t get any further than that, right? :D

  32. tednancy says: Aug 8, 2011 8:51 PM

    Ricky Williams might have been the most talented RB prospect in the modern era. I wonder what he might have accomplished had he put football first.

    At his peak there was no better combination of power, speed, and moves. He was like a hybrid of Earl Campbell and Barry Sanders.

    Too bad he never fully capitalized on that talent.

  33. burntorangehorn says: Aug 8, 2011 8:52 PM

    I live in the Baltimore ‘burbs, and can’t stand the Ravens fans any more than I can stand Redskins or Steelers fans. But Ricky will make Ravens games worth watching.

  34. ppdoc13 says: Aug 8, 2011 8:57 PM

    @steeltownpride – that is called whistling past the grave. U and I both know that it’ll be either the ravens or steelers in the afcn. I just have the balls to admit it

  35. ballinmore says: Aug 8, 2011 8:58 PM

    Mark it down steeltownpride the Steelers will miss the playoffs this year like they did every other year after they went to the super bowl.

  36. 1ravensfan says: Aug 8, 2011 9:23 PM

    All you Skweeler fans are bums! Should I bring up the “Date Rape” QB, Bi-polar LB, Drunk WR, and ghetto CB who has a bigger mouth than defensive stats? Cant wait for week 1…..Can’t Wait!

  37. steeltownpride says: Aug 8, 2011 9:26 PM

    YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: … You may mock me if you like . But you know the truth . If Ward goes down Wallace is still fast enough to get past your defense . He is becoming more of a complete WR . Third you remember Antionio Brown right ? Or is 3rd and 19 better for you to remember who he is ? He is only going to get better . And we have a probowl TE you should know that . We dont have to worry about that . But you know you do . Keep dreaming when you wake up you will realize the season is over and your in 2nd place as you normally are in .

  38. Deb says: Aug 8, 2011 9:46 PM

    Long in the tooth? Good grief, MDS, you talk like he’s on a walker :) Ricky’s in good shape. If you subtract 2004 and 2006-7–because he didn’t endure the football wear and tear in those years–he’s got the body of a 31-year-old. And he’s become very health conscious. I like him and the attitude he’s expressing. Didn’t realize he’d only been to the playoffs twice. It is an opportunity to end his career on a positive note.

    I also think Ray Lewis will be a great influence for helping him make peace with some of his lingering issues about breaking hearts and making amends. Ray has made significant changes in his own life and has mentored a lot of other players. This is a really good match for Ricky and for the Ravens. As a Steelers fan, I don’t want the Ravens to have too much success, but I really wish all the best for Ricky.

  39. devastationinc says: Aug 8, 2011 9:49 PM

    Why was it bizarre for him to retire? He defied the curse of 375 two years in a row. He couldn’t even lift his arms after some of those games. Get off his back. Nice pickup by the Ravens. I will miss him in Miami. Run Ricky Run!!!

  40. bobby4413 says: Aug 8, 2011 9:52 PM

    Miami was a”wonderful place to end your career” back in 2003!

  41. pthompson1187 says: Aug 8, 2011 10:02 PM

    good for ricky…. always controversy with him, but he still is making plays at his “ancient” age. he wont make it to the Hall, but was a monster in college, and was really good before heading to miami. best of luck to him.

  42. zmcgee8 says: Aug 8, 2011 10:04 PM

    Run Ricky Run!!

  43. crawfish2011 says: Aug 8, 2011 10:11 PM

    They would have last year had the refs not given the Stealers that Dolphin game

    The Ravens had their chance. Flacco and Harbaugh have never beaten a Big Ben led Steelers team.

    They had the Steelers beat last year week 10, until Troy Polamulo comes in untouched for the sack/fumble. If the Ravens win that game then they would have won the division and would have been hosting a playoff game.

  44. ravensj5 says: Aug 8, 2011 10:12 PM

    Laxer…I guess Ozzie is alive….what exactly has Kevin Colbert done this offseason?? Besides giving Hines a ride to practice……

  45. ravensj5 says: Aug 8, 2011 10:16 PM

    I love the steeler fans nervousness…….keep hating….just think Ray Rice has run over your vaunted defense without a FB and now he has a pro-bowler….stay nervous pittsburgh!!

  46. ravensj5 says: Aug 8, 2011 10:20 PM

    @stuckon6….formerly known as stairwayto7….while you are really hilarious….you need to get some new material….

  47. rickditka says: Aug 8, 2011 10:21 PM

    Ricky is a rare breed. he seems like a really nice guy.

  48. tlp5002 says: Aug 8, 2011 10:26 PM

    As a Steeler fan, I certainly wish Ricky the best. Welcome to the AFC North man. Always liked the guy and after seeing the 30 for 30 film on him, it made things a lot more clear what type of person he is. The Ravens backfield is dangerous this year!

  49. miamatt says: Aug 8, 2011 10:31 PM

    In spite of everything, I’m sad to see you go, Ricky. Good luck in Baltimore.

  50. 90sniners says: Aug 8, 2011 10:47 PM

    How can you not love Ricky? I can relate to what he goes through on a daily basis living with social anxiety and it’s inspiring to see him back on his feet and playing the game he loves. If you hate Ricky because you think he retired to smoke the reefer, you don’t know who Ricky really is.

    RUN RICKY RUN

  51. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 8, 2011 10:52 PM

    You rock Ricky!! Give em’ hell in Baltimore, and don’t look back.

  52. themitchfootball.com says: Aug 8, 2011 10:54 PM

    Truly sublime.

  53. cundiffsboot says: Aug 8, 2011 11:29 PM

    So excited for this season. our running game is gonna be dangerous.

  54. 4evrnyt says: Aug 8, 2011 11:43 PM

    What’s he gonna call it when they cut him with the final cuts.

  55. reedhof20 says: Aug 8, 2011 11:46 PM

    @Deb
    You are a class act – seriously.
    @Trickbunny- Browns fan?
    @steeltown pride – yes, that is EXACTLY what we will do – maybe 80% –
    @ at all Steeler fans: as much as it pains me, we are alot alike. Lets face it, things could go either way for both this year…which is why BOTH will be around 10-6, 11-5, and fighting for the division. But don’t be so naive to think that the scale can’t swing 3 yards in our direction, leaving us 3 – 0 vs. Steelers and in the SB. Funny thing, this “reality” thing – the way things change.

  56. thefiesty1 says: Aug 8, 2011 11:46 PM

    Good for Ricky. Get your SB ring and then retire.

  57. bmoreballbuster says: Aug 8, 2011 11:57 PM

    To: stuckon6, Better get use to your AFC distant cousin, now known in Bmore as “RICKY4SIX”!!!
    sh*tburgh sux it!

  58. justentertainingthestupid says: Aug 9, 2011 12:01 AM

    90sniners says: Aug 8, 2011 10:47 PM

    “How can you not love Ricky? I can relate to what he goes through on a daily basis living with social anxiety and it’s inspiring to see him back on his feet and playing the game he loves. If you hate Ricky because you think he retired to smoke the reefer, you don’t know who Ricky really is.”

    RUN RICKY RUN

    Took the words out of my mouth. Go get em Ricky!

  59. laxer37 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:03 AM

    ravensj5 says:

    Laxer…I guess Ozzie is alive….what exactly has Kevin Colbert done this offseason?? Besides giving Hines a ride to practice……

    —————————–
    Since you asked:

    Signed:
    John Gilmore

    Re-signed:
    Ike Taylor
    Willie Colon
    William Gay
    Dennis Dixon
    Mewelde Moore
    Shawn Suisiam
    Jonothan Scott
    Chris Hoke
    Daniel Sepulvada

    Extended contract:
    LaMar Woodley (5 years)

    Restructured 5 player contracts to free up 20 million in cap space.

    Colbert did all this while Ozzie watched as his key players filed out of town at an alarming rate.

  60. stairwayto7 says: Aug 9, 2011 12:21 AM

    ballinmore says:Aug 8, 2011 8:58 PM

    Mark it down steeltownpride the Steelers will miss the playoffs this year like they did every other year after they went to the super bowl.
    ———————————————————-And the Ravens were in the Super Bowl when????

  61. marinephinfan says: Aug 9, 2011 12:29 AM

    As a life long Dolphins fan I can only wish Ricky the best. Sure, he’s “different”, but the guy is true. If my Dolphins get knocked out early ( I know…I know “if”) I will root for the Ravens in order for Ricky to maybe get a ring. The guy, even though “different”, deserves one.

  62. mmmpieyummy says: Aug 9, 2011 2:33 AM

    He has actually seen Baltimore, right?

  63. tyler200829 says: Aug 9, 2011 2:34 AM

    Some of these steelers fans really are dumb, gotta love the respectable ones who would admit the ravens have a dangerous backfield because they are true fans. To say the steelers have any more of a recieving core than the ravens is dumb, and heath miller had his moments but was a todd heap wanna be. As for all this never beaten a big ben team talk, you guys watch ESPN too much. It only takes one, and boys, this is the year. Trade a 4th or 5th for lee evans and were SB bound. Pittsburgh has no Secondary (granted Polamalu rarely plays his true SS position) and ricky williams and ray rice pounding it down your throat should be the perfect remedy for your diarrhea of the mouth. But I bet none of you would have the balls to bad mouth the patriots because they own you. Keep picking on the ravens, and then when we beat you what do you have? Ravens fans were either all in or not at all, Ive been beside them from the beginning and damnit weve got a hell of a chance…..LETS GO RAVENS

  64. steelnucs says: Aug 9, 2011 4:33 AM

    “A druggie on the same team with murderer! Who will get whacked off on that team? Flacco??”

    Umm, I think you mean “whacked”. Right? Please say yes.

  65. steelersmichele says: Aug 9, 2011 9:16 AM

    packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Write it down now, the Ravens will win that division this year.

    Anything is possible, but building up their running game is not the way to do it. The Steelers were #1 against the run last season and have the same defensive players returning this year. The Pats and Packers will tell you, you need to beat us through the air and not on the ground.

    ballinmore says: Mark it down steeltownpride the Steelers will miss the playoffs this year like they did every other year after they went to the super bowl.

    Thanks for the back-handed compliment. If you know for fact we miss the playoffs after going to the SB, it must be a pattern–which means we go to the SB a lot.

  66. steelersmichele says: Aug 9, 2011 9:34 AM

    tyler200829, did you read your post before you hit submit?

    First, you talk about the whole “never beaten a Big Ben Team” idea as if it doesn’t mean anything–and one win will erase the whole idea of Ben owning Joe. Your words: “It’s only takes one.”

    Yet in the same paragraph you say the Patriots own us. Well, we beat the Patriots once (when Cassel was QB) so by using your logic, the Patriots don’t own us because of that one win?

    Facts are facts–until Joe starts beating Ben on a regular basis, Ben owns him. Until we start beating the Pats on a regular basis, they own us.

  67. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Aug 9, 2011 10:25 AM

    34 or not, dude can still haul his monster body down the field. I absolutely LOVE our backfield right now, despite my disappointment with our WR situation. Pound the rock, own the clock, can’t wait til the 11th when Harrison and Woodley have to deal with them.

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