"He wants to get on with his life, wants to move on to bigger and better things," Herald reporter and ESPN commentator Dan Le Betard told SportsCenter.
FoxSports filed this AP report: (williams
Williams said he was overjoyed by his decision.
"You can't understand how free I feel," Williams told the Herald in a cell phone interview Saturday before boarding a plane in Hawaii and heading to Asia to begin several months of travel.
The 27-year-old running back, who started his career with the New Orleans Saints, said he plans to file his retirement papers with the NFL on Monday or Tuesday.
Williams told Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt of his decision Friday and said Wannstedt tried to persuade him to reconsider. Miami opens training camp Friday
And the original strory on the Miami Herald Site: ("I'm retiring") << registration required>>
Ricky Williams: 'I'm retiring'
Fed up with football, Williams is retiring at 27
by DAN LE BATARD
Ricky Williams is retiring.
The 27-year-old running back's seismic decision to leave football in his prime, a week before the start of Dolphins training camp, is perfectly in keeping with his personality. It is outsized, enigmatic, brave, unpredictable, complex, interesting, selfish and surprising enough to leave your mouth hanging open.
And, of course, different.
All we can say, is if this holds up and Ricky doesn't change his mind... Wow! The AFC East is the Patriots to lose.