Ricky Williams really enjoyed his lone season with the Baltimore Ravens in 2011. He was also looking forward to returning to finish out the final year of his two-year, $4 million deal he signed with the team last off-season.
That all changed when the 34-year-old running back received a text from Bill Parcells.
Williams told told Sid Rosenberg on WQAM in Miami about the the text exchange he had with Parcells, who served as the Miami Dolphins’ vice president of football operations from 2008 through 2010, the same time Williams played for the Dolphins.
“I was really excited to express to him how excited I was about football and about the way the season ended and how much I was looking forward to coming back, and his reply kind of shook me a little bit,” Williams said of Parcells, via The Los Angeles Times. “He said, well, that’s good to hear, he said, you know, don’t chase this thing too long. You can contribute in other ways.”
Following the text exchange, Williams said he made a list he made a list of the people and reasons he was continuing to play football, “and my name was not on that list.” Then, he listed all the other things he could be doing besides playing football, starting with “travel and continue my education.”
After the Ravens’ loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Williams was energized about a return to the Charm City in 2012.
In the end, however, even an increased role in the team’s offense for next season and a legitimate shot at winning a Super Bowl ring, weren’t enough for Williams to consider returning for a 12th NFL season.
“I would’ve had more of a role in the offense. I would have put up bigger numbers and I’m convinced we would’ve gone to the Super Bowl and we would have won the Super Bowl,” Williams said. “And I don’t know if people will understand it, but me being able to see that, to feel that, to perceive it, to know it — it made it that I really didn’t have to go out there and prove anything.”