I can still remember the Summer of 2004, I was in Costa Rica for a few weeks, completely cut off from the rest of the world. I literally had no clue what was happening anywhere…the Luxenborgans could have invaded the United States and I’d of never known. I wasn’t even seeking news, but as I stepped off the plane in Miami I saw it staring me down. “Ricky Williams Retires” (or something like that). Shock! The guy was the whole Dolphin team, there was nothing else without him. They had saddled up and let him carry them to 10 wins.
Rumors spread…Was he having mental issues? Was it pot? Did he hate football?
He returned a year later, only to be suspended for 2006, but we never really got a flat out answer, just hints here and there. That was fine. It was how Ricky Williams worked anyways. The mysterious face behind the visor, running his ass off when he got the ball.
I was pissed on that July 2004 day, but years later, I thank Ricky for his game. He won’t go down as the best, but he was certainly one of the most agile. Enjoy this retirement Ricky.