July 26, 2004 |
Ricky Williams, the Miami Dolphin running back once so uncomfortable around people that he refused to take off his helmet for interviews, now has removed it for good. And yet again, he has left even those people closest to him scratching their heads. Williams, 27, is retiring at the peak of his career, leaving the stunned Dolphins scrambling to shore up their backfield less than a week before the beginning of training camp.
September 9, 1998 |
Ricky Williams told the story between chomps of cheeseburger at the "Hula Hut," an Elvis-meets-Sam Houston motif eatery replete with Hawaiian-shirted waiters and blaring '60s riffs. Never mind how many "spurs-that- jingle-jangle-jingle" miles Williams was removed from the sands of Waikiki. Williams' tale would be a tear-jerker for any follower of USC. As he sipped iced tea, Williams explained how he was set to become the next great USC tailback.
April 15, 1999 |
The scrutiny has been understandable. You take a generation of stopwatch-toting football types educated in the '50s, and they want to know how that diamond stud is planted in Ricky Williams' nose and if their organization will be liable for it should some opposing linebacker knock the snot out of him. And, anyway, just how does that thing stay in there?
October 3, 1999
It's painfully evident that this isn't a good season to be called Ricky Williams. After winning the Heisman Trophy last year, Ricky Williams--the Texas Longhorn version--saw his potential earnings take a big hit when he slipped to No. 5 overall in the NFL draft. He hasn't taken many hits in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints because of ankle and elbow injuries.
August 26, 2005
'Some people have a job, some people's wives don't like it, some people are uncomfortable about it. But I don't have a reason to shave.' Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphin running back, on his scruffy beard
July 31, 2004
Serious mental illness isn't something that just goes away or that one grows out of. It must be diagnosed and treated with appropriate therapy and medication -- probably for a lifetime. We shouldn't throw our hands in the air criticizing Ricky Williams' actions, but try to understand the place where he is coming from. Hal Ballmann Westlake Village Ricky Williams got tired of being media meat. The guy looked around him and saw our NFL icons walking like ducks ... if they can walk at all. Remember that Ricky left millions on the table to prove himself.