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Ricky Williams Retiring from Football
Posted 25 July 2004 - 03:57 PM
Many people dont know but Ricky Williams has a personality disorder. He doesn't like to be in big groups or to be singled out. His first few years with the New Orleans Saints he wore his helmet during interviews because he was afraid.
Ricky smokes to calm this disorder that he has but the NFL continued to make him stop smoking.
Well Ricky is retiring now and he has bought a one way ticket to Asia and he does not plan on coming back.
Ricky was a Heisman trophy winner and a very dominate running back.
This is coming from a New England Patriot fan. Good luck Ricky and continue to smoke to ease your lifestyle.
Posted 25 July 2004 - 04:26 PM
Williams is a very good running back. If you watched him play he had low YPC because every single time he had the ball he was swarmed by defenders. The Dolphins had jack for a passing game(so that's 8 men in the box, every down) and a horrid OL that couldn't block anyone. Williams was getting better and better each year and might have been someone special this year.
On a side note running backs tend to retire early anyway. There's only so many times you can get slammed around before you realize it isn't fun anymore. Add in daily practices in the scorching sun and you have a very unpleasent job. It just isn't worth it to punish your body when you got millions of dollars.
Did he really smoke for his social anxiety disorder? I never knew that. I do know he is very intelligent and fond of reading and meditating. If he uses MJ it's probably for both medical and spiritual purposes.
Posted 25 July 2004 - 04:32 PM
yeah i remember him explaining why he smoked pot and no one listened because everyone thinks pot kills people...dumbasses
I always felt bad for Ricky because the media were always assholes to him.
I hope he finds peace.
Posted 25 July 2004 - 08:28 PM
anyway, read the article, particularly from the point where the words go bold down. (i just typed bolds go word. had to edit. :] )
it's like they make marijuana to be the devil. hey maybe he just doesn't want to play football anymore. he is pursuing other things in the business world and traveling.. but no, it has to be "to smoke marijuana," destroying his life.
fuck the media. :\
In the offseason's most surprising move, Pro Bowl running back Ricky Williams has retired from the NFL, according to the Miami Herald. The former Dolphin leaves three unfulfilled years on his contract, and leaves his former team in a serious bind.
The Dolphins' backup runners are Sammy Morris and scatback Travis Minor. In a pinch, the team could try to get through the season with Morris as the primary runner, and Minor as the passing-down back. But considering their inconsistent track records, they will likely try to find another back to be its workhorse.
With Antowain Smith recently signed in Tennessee, the free agent market is very thin. The questionable legs of Stacey Mack and James Stewart might be the best candidates available.
Without a strong group of free agents to choose from, trading might be the team's only option to find a replacement. While it's speculative, we'll throw out some possibilities. Onterrio Smith is the odd man out of the Vikings' rotation, especially after last week when head coach Mike Tice told radio listeners that he plans to run Michael Bennett until Bennett takes himself out of the game. Another candidate is 2003 playoff hero DeShaun Foster. A team source has told Fanball.com that the Panthers looked to move Foster on draft day, in part out of concern for his fumbling problems. The Eagles could shed Correll Buckhalter, but only if they're convinced that Brian Westbrook can be a full-time back. The Bears' Anthony Thomas has likely lost his starting job to Thomas Jones, and could be available. Lastly, with the drafting of Steven Jackson, the Rams can afford to cast off Lamar Gordon.
Regardless of who ends up becoming the primary ball carrier, 2004 is shaping up as a difficult season for the Dolphins. Wholesale changes to the team's offensive line will make it very difficult to find running lanes. The prospect of a new starting quarterback and wide receiver means that the passing game may not get on track for a while, either. Increasingly, Miami looks like a team whose players need to be treated like lepers on draft day.
In the Herald article, Williams also admitted to taking a drug-masking agent, designed to allow him to pass the NFL's drug-testing rules. He alleges that NFL players use the agent "by the gallon."
In doing so, he has also made a de facto admittance to using marijuana. Williams recently tested positive for marijuana use, and circumstantial evidence suggests that drug use may have been a motivating factor in the decision. In talking to the Herald, Williams acknowledges prior marijuana use and infers that he will continue to use marijuana now that he is out of the NFL.
He spent part of the offseason with rock star Lenny Kravitz, an admitted marijuana user and legalization advocate. He also spent time with Snoop Dogg, a rap star who has often appeared on camera with marijuana. While in Jamaica, he spent time with Bob Marley's kids and said, "The people in Jamaica, living in these little tin shacks, they were the happiest people I've ever seen."
Meanwhile, the rules set up by the NFL have grated on Williams. "Human beings aren't supposed to be controlled and told what to do. They're supposed to be given direction and a path. Don't tell me what I can and can't do. Please."
Many will draw the conclusion that Williams left the NFL to afford himself the luxury of smoking pot without fear of ramifications. By making these statements, Williams has burned his bridges for a possible return to the league. It appears that Williams will never be seen in an NFL uniform again.
Williams rushed for 1,372 yards last year, almost 500 shy of his career high set the prior season.
Posted 25 July 2004 - 09:34 PM
Posted 25 July 2004 - 09:47 PM
I can totally believe him on that. so many smoke and get caught and still play so i doubt that was a huge factor, although he did say it did help him make the decision. But seriously, the dolphins rely so much on him and he puts up big numbers but he gets the shit beat out of him. Im a die hard pats fan but i loved watching that guy run just because of how good he was. The dolphins gave him the ball 42 times one game last season, thats gotaa fucking take a toll on your body.
Hes already got all the money hes gonna need, so if he wasnt happy playing football, why would he continue to beat on himself game after game?
He also has a social disorder which is probably a huge factor to both why he quit and why he smokes. I think i probably have one too, and i smoke to help that shit.
They said hell never be able to come back if he wants because of the bud thing, but for one, i doubt hell ever want to come back, and if he ever does the only thing thats going to stop him is either he decided to come back to late, because hes not really that young in terms of football, or that he cant sign with someone else because he stepped out on his contract with the Dolphins. I doubt hell want to return anyway though.
- JaneInMyBrain on legalization
Posted 25 July 2004 - 11:14 PM
Posted 25 July 2004 - 11:48 PM
I play in a semi-pro football league here in Wisconsin, I toke it up almost every night, but there's no drug testing so I can get away with it and feel no pressure to keep myself clean.
Posted 26 July 2004 - 12:35 AM
Long Live Ricky Williams #5 and and #34 from his days in Austin Texas. Hook Em Horns.
Life is a Path...Death Our Destination
Posted 26 July 2004 - 01:10 AM
- JaneInMyBrain on legalization
Posted 26 July 2004 - 07:42 PM
I'm going to try and merge the two ricky williams threads
and good for him. He has all the money he needs, he might as well follow his dreams and do what he wants.
Posted 27 July 2004 - 05:48 AM
he really was an incredible running back. in 2002 he rushed for 1853 yards and scored 17 touchdowns with a 4.8 ypc average.
he was an amazing running back and a definite hall of famer. it's just annoying that everyone has to blame the pot smoking on his reason for retiring.
Posted 29 July 2004 - 10:14 PM
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