Roy Williams, the wide receiver who was a first-round draft pick and a Pro Bowler for the Lions but may be best remembered for disappointing in Dallas after he was traded to the Cowboys, has decided to call it a career.
Williams, who played last season for the Bears, believes he can still play. But he has accepted that he is done in the NFL, saying that when the Dolphins invited him to work out and he wasn’t interested, he knew he didn’t have the passion for the game anymore.
“It’s hard to quit when you have been doing something the third grade,” Williams said, via the Star-Telegram. “I’m in good shape. I’m at 208 pounds, my lowest weight since college. I can still play. But when I declined to workout in Miami, I knew I was done.”
The Lions took Williams with the seventh overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft, and he appeared to be developing into a solid player, making the Pro Bowl after a 2006 season in which he caught 82 passes for 1,310 yards. But he never had another season even close to that productive, and the Lions got a steal when they traded him to the Cowboys for first, third and sixth-round draft picks in 2008. The Cowboys gave Williams a five-year, $45 million contract extension, but Williams ended up catching just 94 passes in 40 games with the Cowboys.
Now Williams is done at the age of 30.