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MIAMI — Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams has told the team

he plans to retire after just five NFL seasons. Williams told the team this week of his decision, a team source told The Associated Press on
condition of anonymity Sunday.

“He wants to get on with his life, wants to move on to bigger and better things,” Miami Herald reporter and ESPN commentator Dan Le Batard told SportsCenter.

According to the Herald’s report, Williams wants to travel the world and is tired of the demands and restraints of a professional football career.

“I just don’t want to be in this business anymore,” Williams told the paper. “I was never strong enough to not play football, but I’m strong enough now. I’ve considered everything about this. Everyone has thrown every possible scenario at me about why I shouldn’t do this, but they’re in denial. I’m happy with my decision.

“I’m finally free. I can’t remember ever being this happy.”

He said he has already told his mother, Sandy; his agent, Leigh Steinberg; backup running back Travis Minor; and friends and family of his decision.

“I was completely surprised,” Miami coach Dave Wannstedt said Sunday of Williams’ retirement.