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Ricky Williams Retires: Running Back's Long Career Includes Heisman As A Longhorn

Running back Ricky Williams had an unconventional NFL career, to say the least. It appears he will be retiring, closing the book on a legacy that includes a Heisman Trophy as a member of the Texas Longhorns.

The news came out on Tuesday morning that Baltimore Ravens running back Ricky Williams intends to retire. Williams developed an early reputation in the NFL as a flake who didn't live up to expectations, but many longtime fans of the Texas Longhorns remember him fondly as an unstoppable running back who sprinted his way to a Heisman Trophy in 1998.

As SB Nation's own Jason Kirk notes, Williams leaves behind a complicated NFL legacy and closes the door on a long career that included a stint as one of the greatest college players of all time


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During his time with the Longhorns, Williams put up 6,592 yards and 90 touchdowns, in addition to a multitude of other mind-blowing stats and NCAA records.

His professional career had more than its share of ups and downs, but he finished with a more than respectable career. His NFL totals -- if this is truly the end of them -- include over 10,000 rushing yards and over 100 touchdowns in 12 seasons as a pro.

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