Jan 22, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams (34) carries the ball past New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) in the second quarter during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Ricky Williams Retires From Football After 11 Seasons

Jan 22, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams (34) carries the ball past New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) in the second quarter during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Ricky Williams has decided to retire from the NFL after 11 seasons. Despite expressing plans to return to the Baltimore Ravens for a second year as Ray Rice’s backup , Williams experienced a change in heart and decided to retire.

Williams rushed for 444 yards and two touchdowns this season. Before playing with the Ravens, Williams spent three years in New Orleans and seven in Miami. Over the course of his career, Williams accumulated 10,009 rushing yards and 66 touchdowns on 2,431 carries. He is one of 26 players in NFL history to top 10,000 career rushing yards.

Ray Rice refers to Ricky Williams as the best thing to ever happen to him. Rice learned a lot from the veteran and the Ravens offense still had a weapon at the running back position when Rice came off the field.

Now that Ricky has decided to move on, the Ravens now have a few more questions at the running back position. Besides Rice, the Ravens have Anthony Allen from Georgia Tech and Damian Berry from Miami who will both be entering into their sophomore season. The Ravens would feel much more comfortable with a veteran presence behind Rice so expect them to make a move for one this offseason. There’s a lot of running back talent out there so it will be interesting to see what the Ravens decide to do.

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