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Run Ricky Run

The Rise and Fall of Ricky Williams
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Mitchell Smith

on 30 April 2010

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High School Career
Errick Lynne Williams Jr. was born with a twin sister, cassandra on may 21st, 1977 in San Diego California.
Ricky Attended San Diego's Patrick Henry High School, primarily playing baseball and football while also running track and wrestling. As a star football player his senior year, he rushed for 2,099 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. This earned him "Offensive Player of the Year" by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Baseball Career Selected in the 8th round of the 1995 amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Played four years at the class A level with the Batavia Muckdogs and the Piedmont Boll Weevils. In 1998 he was taken in the rule 5 draft by the Montreal Expos, who sold his rights to the Texas Rangers. College Career Ricky played college football for the Texas Longhorns and became the NCAA division 1-A career rushing leader in 1998 with 6,279 yards. A sensational senior season was highlighted by rushing for nine touchdowns and 385 yeards in the seasons first two games; rushing for 318 yards and six touchdowns against Rice; rushing for 350 yards and five touchdowns against Iowa State; and rushing for 150 yards against Nebraska's legendary black shirt defense. Ricky broke the career rushing record during the annual rivalry game held the day after Thanksgiving between Texas and Texas A&M Known as the "Texas Tornado," Ricky won the 64th Heisman Trophy becoming the second Longhorn to win the honor, joining Earl Campbell. Ricky Williams is one of the oddest athletes to ever play the game of football. His life has been filled with more ups than downs, and there was a time when the NFL wasn't sure if they would see him again. Early Life In the most recent episode of ESPN's 30 for 30 titled "Run Ricky Run," it was revealed that Williams endured sexual abuse as a child from his father. Life as a Saint Ricky was selected as the 5th Overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints. Head coach Mike Ditka traded all of the Saints' picks that year, as well as a 1st and 3rd round pick the following year to get Williams. This was the first time one player was the only draft pick of an NFL team. He and Ditka posed for the cover of ESPN the magazine as a bride and groom with the heading "For Better or for worse." Rapper turned agent Master P's organization "No Limit Sports" negotiated his contract. Stats with Saints:
1999: 253 carries 884 yds 2 tds
2000: 248 carris 1000 yds 8 tds
2001: 313 Carries 1245 yds 6 tds Traded to Dolphins On March 8th 2002, Ricky was traded to the miami dolphins for four draft picks, including two first round picks. In 2002, his first season with the team, he was the NFL's leading rusher with 1853 yards, a first team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler for the AFC. On May 14th, 2004 the NFL announced that Ricky Williams tested positive for marijuana in December of 2003. This was his second failed test since joining the Dolphins.

After returning from Australia, Ricky studied Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of Holistic medicine, at the California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley. Ricky officially returned to the Dolphins on July 24th 2005, paid back a percentage of his signing bonus and completed his four game suspension for substance abuse. He served as a backup to newly drafted running back Ronnie Brown.(right)



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2005 stats: 168 Carries, 743 yds, 6 tds

After an apology and a new look, It finally felt like Ricky was back for good.. On February 20th, 2006, the NFL announced that Ricky had failed his fourth drug test. On April 25th, he was suspended for the entire 2006 season. One month later, the Canadian Football Leagues's Toronto Argonauts decided to make Ricky the highest paid running back in the CFL, signing him to a one year $240,000 contract. The Dolphins allowed him to play for the Canadian team on the condition that he would return to them in 2007. In the 11 games he played for the Argonauts:





Stats: 109 carries, 526 yds, 2 tds Before the 2007 season CFL commissioner Tom Wright introduced a new rule that would prevent a player under suspension in the NFL from signing with a CFL club. It was named "The Ricky Williams Rule." T
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2008 stats: 160 carries, 659 yds, 4 tds Ronnie Brown -
2008 stats: 214 carries, 916 yds, 10 tds Last season was Ricky's best since 2003 as he became the first player in NFL history with a 6 year gap inbetween 1000 yard rushing seasons.

2009 stats: 241 carries, 1121 yds, 11 tds He is only a misunderstood athlete, on a path back to stardom. Some will wish him bad fortune, while his fans will still say... At the start of the 2010 season, we will see a 33 year old running back with plenty left in the tank, and plenty left to prove. Ricky ended the 2003 year with the most carries in a two year span in NFL history.
2002: 383
2003: 392
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