Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams will turn 35 before the start of of the 2012 season, but he’s still going strong and has no plans of retiring anytime soon.
“My body feels good, and I know I’m going to train hard, and so I’m excited about next year,” Williams said, via BaltimoreRavens.com. “I’ve grown a lot, kind of falling into a new role and a new city and a new organization, and I’ve gotten better. And like everyone else, I feel like I have something to build on for next year.”
Williams, who signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract this past off-season, had his least productive year in 2011. The former All-Pro carried the ball 108 times for 444 yards and two touchdowns.
However, he’s comfortable in Charm City and has embraced the backup role behind Ray Rice.
“For me, the opportunities to be a featured back are not as much,” Williams said. “But the opportunity to play and that someone wants me, it’s a big deal at this point.”
Williams has played 11 seasons in the NFL split between New Orleans (1999-2001), Miami (2002-2003, 2005, 2007-2010) and Baltimore (2011-present).
This season, Williams became just the 26th player in NFL history to top the 10,000 career-rushing yards mark.