Week in Review

February 12, 2012 | Derek Halford

Jeremy Guthrie Traded – The Orioles traded Pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies for pitchers Matt Lindstrom and Jason Hammel. Guthrie will be a key veteran arm for the Rockies as he is a big innings eater. His career statistics are 47-65 with a 4.19 era and 626 strikeouts.

Ricky Williams Retires – Running Back Ricky Williams retired this week after 11 seasons in the NFL and 1 season in the CFL. Williams was selected as the fifth pick of the 1999 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. Head Coach Mike Ditka traded all of the Saints’ 1999 draft picks to get Williams, as well as a 1st and 3rd pick the following year. Williams spent three seasons  with the Saints. He was successful with two 1000 yard seasons. In 2000 he rushed for exactly 1000 yards and scored nine total touchdowns in 10 games. He missed the team’s last 6 games and the playoffs due to injury. Williams’ most successful statistical season with the team came the next year in 2001, when he rushed for 1245 yards. He also caught 60 passes for 511 yards. It would be his last season with the Saints.

Williams was traded to the Miami Dolphins on March 8, 2002 for four draft picks, including two first-round picks. In 2002, his first season with the Dolphins, he was the NFL’s leading rusher with 1,853 yards, a First-team All Pro and a Pro Bowler.

In 2004, he tested positive for marijuana and retired from the NFL.

He came back in 2005 and Williams finished with six touchdowns and a 4.4 yards per carry average on 168 carries and 743 yards during the 2005 season.

On February 20, 2006, the football league announced that Williams had violated the NFL drug policy for the fourth time. On April 25, 2006, Williams was suspended for the entire 2006 season. Ricky then signed with the Toronto Argonauts for the 2006 season in the CFL. In the 11 games that he played during the 2006 CFL regular season, Williams rushed 109 times for 526 yards, scoring two touchdowns. He caught 19 passes for 127 yards.

Williams came back in the middle of the 2007 season but was out for the season and the 2008 season after 1 game.

In the 2009 season, He reached 1,000 yards rushing in Week 15 and set an NFL record for longest span between 1,000-yard seasons at 6 years. In the 2010 season Williams carried 159 times for 673 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Dolphins while splitting duties averaging 4.2 yards a carry.

Williams signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 2011.  On January 1, 2012, Williams surpassed the 10,000 career rushing yards mark and became the 26th player in the history of the NFL to do so.

On February 7, 2012, Williams informed the Ravens of his retirement from the NFL.

His career stats are 10,009 rushing yards, 4.1 yards per carry, 66 rushing TD’s, 342 receptions, 2,606 receiving yards, and 8 receiving TD’s. If Ricky would have stayed out of trouble, he could’ve went down as one of the best running backs in NFL history. Even with his trouble off the field, he still produced great numbers. Do you think he will ever get into the Hall of Fame?