According to Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, former Lions, Cowboys and Bears wide receiver Roy Williams announced his retirement on Facebook today.
Williams said he had a great time in NFL despite several ups and downs but is ready to move on with his life and spend more time with his family, especially sons Jordan and Dallas, ages 6 and 3, respectively.
Although Williams admits thinking about retiring last year when he was with the Chicago Bears, he didn’t necessarily go out on his own terms.
He had planned on playing in 2012 but only got one tryout and that was with the Houston Texans in late July. The Texans didn’t offer him a contract and he said at the time he would wait until the second week of the season before giving up.
But Williams knew he was done when he passed on a tryout with the Dolphins a couple of weeks ago.
Williams’ Facebook went as follows:
“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!”
Williams had talent, but it looks like every team he was on had a tough time getting him to develop into the player many had hoped he’d become.