September 9, 2012
Roy Williams retiring
By The Sports Xchange
Wide receiver Roy Williams said he is retiring after nine NFL seasons.
Williams, who played for Chicago in 2011, had a tryout with Houston in July, but wasn’t signed and recently passed on a tryout with Houston.
“Being here with my kids, I was able to take my son to school for the first time,” Williams said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “There was no need for me to go back. It’s hard to quit when you have been doing something (since) the third grade. 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.”
Williams has 393 career receptions for 5,715 yards and 44 touchdowns. The seventh overall pick by Detroit in 2004, the former Texas Longhorns star was excited to be traded to the Cowboys in 2008. He was given a new five-year, $45 million contract at the time, and went on to catch 94 passes with 13 touchdowns in 40 games before being released after the 2010 season.
“Put up good numbers my first few years, went to a Pro Bowl then I got to Dallas and it stopped,” Williams said, per the paper. “It is what it is. God had a plan for me. The grass ain’t always greener on the other side.”
Williams retirement statement was posted on his Facebook page:
“My time in the NFL is over, had a great time, ups and downs, met soooo many ppl, fans, and friends. Played with some of the best athletes in the world, alot of ppl don’t get that opportunity. But now it’s time for me to have my family time that I’ve missed for the last 9yrs, spending it with Jordan and Dallas and the ppl who love me, so I will never strap it up again(even tho i can still play), but at the same time I’m ready to give that dream up. Came into the league healthy, and im walking away healthy, with my head held high. Thank you all who’ve cheered for me, booed me, and loved me, y’all are still fans to me!”