Former NFL, Argos running back Karlos Williams retires from professional football

Photo courtesy: Buffalo Bills

Toronto Argonauts American running back Karlos Williams has retired from professional football.

Williams signed a contract with the Argos in November 2019, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic never suited up for the double blue.

The 27-year-old Williams was a fifth round pick, 155th overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2015 NFL Draft. He recorded 93 carries for 517 yards and seven touchdowns in eleven games with the Bills while also adding 11 receptions for 96 yards and two scores.

The six-foot-one, 230-pound ball carrier was released in August 2016 and later suspended from the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Williams signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in October 2016 but faced two subsequent suspensions for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. He was reinstated by the league in February 2019 and signed with the Argonauts in November of the same year.

The Davenport, FL native recorded 241 carries at Florida State for 1,419 yards and 22 touchdowns, winning a National Championship in 2013.