September 09, 2012

Wide Receiver Roy Williams Retires from Football: Former Texas Longhorns standout Roy Williams has retired from football at age 30, he announced on Facebook. His career 393 receptions for 5,715 yards and 44 touchdowns did not live up to the hype of being the seventh overall pick in the 2007 draft or a player the Dallas Cowboys gave up first-, third- and sixth-rounders to acquire in 2009. "Put up good numbers my first few years, went to a Pro Bowl then I got to Dallas and it stopped," Williams told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It is what it is. God had a plan for me. The grass ain't always greener on the other side." Regarding that trade with the Detroit Lions, the picks became starting tight end Brandon Pettigrew, backup wide receiver Derrick Williams (waived in 2011) and backup running back Aaron Brown (waived in 2011). Dallas got a seventh-round pick with Williams, which it traded to the Atlanta Falcons to move up in the fifth round and select safety DeAngelo Smith (waived during his first training camp). The Falcons used that seventh rounder on backup defensive tackle Vance Walker.

posted by rcade to football at 11:38 AM - 3 comments

While figuring out the specifics of the trade, I found a few people who suggested that Detroit flopped on this trade too. But Pettigrew has started the last 32 games for the Lions and is a strong blocking tight end who caught five touchdowns last year for 777 yards. They sold Williams at his peak in value and got a starter in return.

posted by rcade at 12:31 PM on September 09

Not to mention Pettigrew has an attitude that's worlds better than Williams' was his last season here...

posted by MeatSaber at 01:54 PM on September 09

I will always cherish the memory of Roy Williams fumbling dropping the ball mid-play, with no defender nearby, with the ensuing recovery by the other team.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:32 PM on September 09

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