Williams told WQAM in Miami on Tuesday that a text exchange with Bill Parcells, his former boss with the Miami Dolphins, prompted him to think about his future and ultimately led him to decide to retire.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Bill Parcells texted Williams to check up on him. Williams responded that he felt good and couldn’t “wait till next year.” Parcells’ response to Williams’ reply changed the running back’s perspective, however.
“That’s good. Don’t chase this thing too long. You can contribute in other ways,” Parcells wrote in his text, according to the newspaper.
Williams said Wednesday in an interview with ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” that Parcells’ text was “huge” in helping him to rethink his future.
“After I started to think about it I was very grateful to him for kind of releasing me, allowing me to let my mind expand to consider what else I could achieve.”
Williams had retired once before, eventually missing the 2004 season. He was facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy by using marijuana before he shockingly announced he was leaving the game. He returned in 2005 to the Dolphins, then left to spend the 2006 season with Toronto of the Canadian Football League.
He then returned back to NFL again with the dolphins in 2007 and then traded after the 2010-2011 season to the Ravens.
Williams led the NFL in 2002 with 1,853 yards rushing for the Miami Dolphins and received his lone Pro Bowl invitation that season. He backed that up with 1,372 yards in 2003, giving him what remains the two most productive rushing seasons in Dolphins history.
Now 34, Williams assumed a backup role with the Ravens last season. Playing behind Ray Rice, Williams gained 444 yards on 108 attempts and scored two touchdowns in his final season giving him a total of 10,004 rushing yards and 75 touchdowns making him one of only 26 players to eclipse the 10,000 career rushing yard mark.