This is old news, but here is my 2 cents:
Ignore everything you’ve read and heard.
Ricky Williams did not retire.
Call this breaking news, a scoop, this just in, or any other hackneyed media phrase you can conjure.
Just know this: Ricky Williams did not retire.
Exactly. Williams gets the nod for most self-centered athlete in the history of the Universe. How he could wait until now to do this to his teammates is reprehensible and inexcusable. You don’t do that to people who are counting on you.
While we are talking about football, congrats to Coach Cowher:
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher signed a two-year contract extension Monday — the second time since 2001 he has agreed to a new deal after his team missed the playoffs the preceding season.
The extension, which carries through the 2007 season, is expected to keep Cowher’s salary competitive with those of the game’s highest-paid head coaches. Cowher’s current deal pays him $3 million per season, and team president Art Rooney II said the coach was given a raise in his new contract.
Cowher agreed to his current contract, which runs through the 2005 season, after the Steelers rebounded from consecutive losing seasons by going 9-7 in 2000 but still missed the playoffs.
The 47-year-old Cowher has a 115-76-1 record in 12 seasons, with only three losing seasons. His seven division titles are the fifth most in NFL coaching history, and the Steelers have reached the playoffs 12 times under Cowher despite missing them four of the last six seasons.
Not long before my beloved Steelers take the field.