Roy Williams Retires From NFL

By Ben Grimaldi

Former 1st round pick wide receiver Roy Williams has left a message on facebook saying he’s retiring from the NFL. He was the seventh overall selection by the Detroit Lions in the 2004 draft but also played for the Dallas Cowboys and finished his career playing last season with the Chicago Bears.

Williams entered the league with a ton of potential but only had one 1,000 yard season, in 2006 when he had 1,310 yards and seven touchdowns for the Lions. He never lived up to expectations finishing his career averaging only 714 yards and just 5.5 touchdowns per year during his eight seasons in the NFL.

People will likely remember him for the trade to the Dallas Cowboys in 2008 when the Cowboys shipped 1st, third and sixth round picks to the Lions for the receiver and then giving him an enormous contract, 5 years and $45 million. Having grown up in Texas and playing football at the University of Texas, Williams said at the time of the trade it  “was a dream come true.”

For the Cowboys it was a nightmare.

He was much more of a bust than ‘just’ a disappointment in Dallas, failing to even crack the 600 yard receiving mark in his three plus years with the club. He never developed any chemistry with quarterback Tony Romo and the Cowboys released him after the 2010 season.

Williams had the size to play in the NFL but he never had the speed to separate and dropped too many passes. His inconsistency was maddening; he could make a spectacular catch one play, like the one handed grab opening day against the Bears in 2005. Or he could drop the ball at the worst time, who could forget when he fumbled away a Cowboys win against the New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving?

Although he still felt he could play, Williams said he knew his career was over when he turned down a tryout with the Miami Dolphins a few weeks ago. I wonder why we didn’t see their pursuit of him on Hard Knocks?

In the end Roy Williams never lived up to the promise of his draft spot and his career will be considered a disappointment. He crippled two teams who burned high draft picks on him but hold your head high Lions fans, his prediction you’d finish 10-6 came true!

It just took five years.

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