Is It Too Late to Smoke Ricky Williams Out Before He Leaves for the Baltimore Ravens?
This past June, Ricky Williams said he wanted to finish his career by winning a Super Bowl with the Dolphins. Yet the team's moves this off-season showed it had little interest in keeping Williams (or winning a Super Bowl, judging by the handling of the QB situation), and the onetime Pro Bowl MVP has just signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. We'd throw a hazy, smoke-filled going-away party for Williams, but, you know, he probably doesn't want to end up in the CFL again.
Williams joined the Fins in 2002 after a trade with the New Orleans Saints. During his time in Miami, he racked up a memorable on-field career. He holds all-time Dolphins records for rushing attempts (1,509), single-season rushing yards (1,853 in 2002) and total yards (2,216 in '02). He sits behind only Larry Csonka with 5,763 total rushing yards for the team.
However, his time with the team was as much colored by off-field drama as it was by on-field success.
Facing consequences from a positive test for marijuana, Williams decided on early retirement in the summer of 2004 and took the season off to study an ancient Indian system of holistic medicine.
He returned in 2005 but tested positive for pot again after the season. At the time, though, Williams claimed the substance wasn't Mary Jane but some sort of holistic herb. Nevertheless, Williams played a year for the Toronto Argonauts in 2006. He returned yet again in 2007 after swearing off marijuana and undergoing weekly drug tests to prove he was clean. Though he remained a solid player, he never quite returned to the kind of play he demonstrated in 2002.
Williams is now headed to the Ravens, where he'll be reunited with former Fins coach Cam Cameron and is believed that he will be used as a backup for Ray Rice.
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