Ricky Williams

Errick Lynne Williams Jr. (born May 21, 1977) is a former American football running back who played 12 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and one season in the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football for the University of Texas, where he was a two-time All-American and won the Heisman Trophy. Williams was drafted by the New Orleans Saints fifth overall in the 1999 NFL Draft and spent three seasons with the team before he was traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2002. He played for the Dolphins for two seasons, and retired for the first time from football in 2004. Due to his suspension from the NFL in 2006, he played for the Toronto Argonauts that year. Williams re-joined the Dolphins in 2007 and played with them until 2010, and spent the 2011 season with the Baltimore Ravens. He was formerly an assistant football coach at the University of the Incarnate Word and is currently a football analyst for ESPN's Longhorn Network. In 2015, Williams was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Ricky Williams
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Williams with the Miami Dolphins in 2009
No. 34
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:May 21, 1977 (age 41)
San Diego, California
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:San Diego (CA) Patrick Henry
NFL Draft:1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:10,009
Rushing average:4.1
Rushing touchdowns:66
Receiving yards:2,606
Receiving touchdowns:8
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at CFL.ca (archive)

Early life

Williams was born (with his twin sister Cassandra) in San Diego, California, to 19-year-old Sandy Williams and her husband, 18-year-old Errick Williams.[1] Growing up middle class, his parents divorced in 1983 and Williams, at the age of five, was taking care of his sisters by putting them to bed and even cooking for them.[1] Perhaps due to his broken home and the fact that his father was gone at such an early age, Williams suffered from anger issues that eventually led his mother to send him to counseling.[1] He also struggled academically, despite a test he took as a six-year-old which revealed that he had the intelligence of someone twice his age.[1] Williams himself once said, "I was always very bright, but not necessarily a hard worker. I think I was in eighth grade when I became really focused as a student and started getting good grades."[1] By high school Williams was an honor roll student and was named to the San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic team.[1]

At San Diego's Patrick Henry High School, Williams primarily played baseball and football in addition to running track. Williams also wrestled, notably losing a match to future NCAA champion and three-time Super Bowl champion Stephen Neal.[2]

Entering high school at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) and 155 pounds (70 kg), Williams added an additional 25 pounds (11 kg) of weight before his junior season.[1] Due to his love of physical contact, Williams played outside linebacker and strong safety in addition to his primary position of running back.[1] During his high school career, he rushed for a total of 4,129 yards and 55 touchdowns, and in his senior season he ran for 2,099 yards and 25 touchdowns, totals which earned him the San Diego Union-Tribune's 1994 Player of the Year award.[1] Among his senior year performances were a 200-yard effort in a loss to Helix High School, a 248-yard (on 24 carries) and three touchdown game in a 26–3 win at Chula Vista, a 215-yard (21 carries) and two touchdown showing in a 13–3 win against Mira Mesa, a 143-yard (18 carries) and two touchdown game in a 28–10 victory over Point Loma, and a 129-yard (24 carries) and one touchdown game against top-ranked Morse which included Williams totaling 47 of the 69 yards Patrick Henry accumulated during the game-winning drive in a 20–17 upset.[1] Two weeks after the win over Morse, Patrick Henry clinched its first Eastern League title in 11 years with a 21–12 win against San Diego High School; Williams appeared to be on his way to a record-setting performance with 115 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter of the game but suffered a leg injury on the third play of the second quarter. After being helped off the field he reentered the game and attempted one more carry but had to be carried off the field again, finished for the day.[1] Following two weeks of rest, Williams was able to suit up in the first round of the CIF-San Diego Section Division 1 playoffs against San Dieguito and, playing through pain from the leg injury, post 94 yards on 25 carries in a 15–14 win.[1] In the second round Williams ran for 110 yards in a 21–17 victory over Rancho Buena Vista, propelling Patrick Henry into the championship game at Jack Murphy Stadium for a rematch with Morse.[1] However, in the title game Patrick Henry lost 13–0 and Williams would be held to a season-low 46 yards, with his team amassing just 62 yards of total offense.[1]

College career

Williams accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Texas, where he played for the Texas Longhorns football team from 1995 to 1998. Williams holds or shares 20 NCAA records, and became the NCAA Division I-A career rushing leader in 1998 with 6,279 yards (broken one year later by University of Wisconsin's Ron Dayne). Williams had a sensational senior season, highlighted by rushing for nine touchdowns and 385 yards in the season's 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 Black Shirt defense. He helped beat longtime rival Oklahoma rushing for 166 rushing yards and two scores.

Williams broke the NCAA career rushing record during the annual rivalry game held the day after Thanksgiving (this particular year fell on November 27, 1998) between Texas and Texas A&M. Needing only 11 yards to break Tony Dorsett's 22-year-old NCAA Division 1-A all-time rushing record (6,082), Williams approached the line of scrimmage with 1:13 left in the first quarter; taking the handoff, Williams spun through clearing blocks by left tackle Leonard Davis and left guard Roger Roesler. After surging past Texas A&M linebacker Warrick Holdman, Williams took advantage of a lead block by fullback Ricky Brown and then streaked down the left sideline. Williams then powered through a tackle attempt by Texas A&M safety Rich Coady at the A&M 12. He then took advantage of a block by wide receiver Wane McGarrity, barging past cornerback Jason Webster's tackle at the goal line.

The game was briefly stopped while Williams received the game ball and was honored by a group of dignitaries including Dorsett. Williams's record-breaking run gave Texas a 10–0 lead in its eventual 26–24 upset of #6 Texas A&M. He finished the game racking up 259 yards on a career-high 44 carries. He broke the NCAA Division I-A career rushing touchdowns and career scoring records in 1998 with 73 and 452 respectively (topped one year later by Miami University's Travis Prentice), and rushed for 200 or more yards in twelve different games (an NCAA record he shares with Dayne and USC's Marcus Allen). Williams won the 64th Heisman Trophy, becoming the second Texas Longhorn to win this honor, joining Earl Campbell.

Williams was sometimes known as the "Texas Tornado".[3][4][5]

Along with Earl Campbell, Williams has his own statue on the grounds of Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium, on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas. Both Campbell and Williams have statues at the stadium to honor their Heisman Trophy wins.[6]


  • Note that table includes Williams' performances in bowl games, which prior to 2002 were not included in official NCAA career statistics.
  Rushing Receiving
Season Team GP Att Yds Avg Long TD Rec Yds TD
1995 Texas 13 178 1,052 5.9 65 8 16 224 1
1996 Texas 13 216 1,320 6.1 75 13 33 307 2
1997 Texas 11 279 1,893 6.8 87 25 20 150 0
1998 Texas 12 391 2,327 6.0 68 29 29 307 1
Career - 49 1,064 6,592 6.2 87 75 98 988 4

Minor league baseball

Williams was drafted in the eighth round of the 1995 MLB June amateur draft out of high school by the Philadelphia Phillies. During his collegiate career, he played four seasons in the Phillies farm system, never playing beyond Class A. An outfielder, Williams played in 170 games and finished his career with a .211 batting average, 4 home runs, and 46 stolen bases.[7] During his third year, he was teammates with Phillies eventual starting shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who declared Williams the fastest man he'd ever seen.[8] Williams was selected in the 1998 Rule 5 draft by the Montreal Expos, who then traded his rights to the Texas Rangers.[9] However, he opted for a full-time NFL career.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 34 in
(1.80 m)
244 lb
(111 kg)
4.56 s 1.61 s 2.62 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)
22 reps
All values from NFL Combine[10]

New Orleans Saints

Williams was selected in the first round as the fifth pick of the 1999 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. Head coach Mike Ditka traded all of the Saints' remaining 1999 draft picks (the second round pick had already been traded to the Rams to get Eddie Kennison) to the Washington Redskins to get Williams, as well as first- and third-round picks the following year.[11] This was the first time one player was the only draft pick of an NFL team.

Williams and Ditka posed for the cover of ESPN The Magazine as a bride and a groom with the heading "For Better or for Worse." Master P's (a.k.a. Percy Miller's) organization "No Limit Sports" negotiated his contract, which was largely incentive-laden; he received an $8M-plus signing bonus with salary incentives potentially worth from $11 million to $68 million should he hit all of his incentives, with most of them requiring higher than top-level production to attain.[12] The contract was criticized by legions of people, both sports agents and writers, who realized that Williams's position entitled him to much more in guaranteed money.[13] Williams later fired "No Limit Sports" and made Leigh Steinberg his agent. Ditka was later fired for the team's poor performance.

Williams spent three seasons (1999–2001) with the Saints. He was moderately successful there, with two 1,000-yard seasons in 2000 and 2001. In 2000, he rushed for exactly 1,000 yards and scored nine total touchdowns in 10 games. He missed the team's last six regular season games and first playoff game due to an injury suffered in a game against the Panthers. The Saints finished the 2000 regular season with a 10–6 record and won the franchise's first ever playoff game against the St. Louis Rams. Williams's most successful statistical season with the team came the next year in 2001, when he rushed for 1,245 yards, 8th in the NFL. He also caught 60 passes for 511 yards. It would be his last season with the Saints.

Miami Dolphins

First stint

Ricky Williams2
Williams during his first stint with the Dolphins.

Williams was traded to the Miami Dolphins on March 8, 2002 for four draft picks, including two first-round picks. In 2002, his first season with the Dolphins, he was the NFL's leading rusher with 1,853 yards, a First-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler.

Williams was noted for his dreadlocks hair style, but he shaved them off during a trip to Australia. His shyness made Williams appear somewhat of an oddball. "Ricky's just a different guy", former Saints receiver Joe Horn explained. "People he wanted to deal with, he did. And people he wanted to have nothing to do with, he didn't. No one could understand that. I don't think guys in the locker room could grasp that he wanted to be to himself – you know, quiet. If you didn't understand him and didn't know what he was about, it always kept people in suspense." Besides keeping to himself, Williams was known for conducting post-game interviews with his helmet on (complete with tinted visor) and avoiding eye contact. Williams was later diagnosed with clinical depression and social anxiety disorder.

Early retirement from football

Miami Dolphins fans block out his name on their jerseys after hearing about Williams' drug-related suspension and subsequent retirement from the NFL in 2004.

It was announced on May 14, 2004 that Williams tested positive for marijuana in December 2003 and faced a $650,000 fine and a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He previously tested positive for marijuana shortly after he joined the Dolphins. Shortly before training camp was to begin in July 2004, Williams publicly disclosed his intent to retire from professional football.

Rumored to have failed a third drug test before announcing his retirement, Williams made his retirement official on August 2, 2004. Williams was ineligible to play for the 2004 season, and studied Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of holistic medicine, at the California College of Ayurveda that autumn in Grass Valley, California. The Dolphins finished the 2004 season with a 4–12 record.

Williams maintains that he does not regret the retirement decision. He thinks that it was the "most positive thing" he has ever done in his life, allowing him time to find himself.[14]

Return to football

Ricky Williams
Williams at the 2005 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.

Williams officially returned to the Dolphins on July 24, 2005, paid back a percentage of his signing bonus and completed his four-game suspension for a failed drug test. At his return press conference, Williams expressed his apologies for leaving the team two days before the start of training camp, which had contributed to the Dolphins' having their worst season in years, only winning four games in the 2004 season. Williams finished with six touchdowns and a 4.4 yards per carry average on 168 carries and 743 yards during 2005. While he shared time with Ronnie Brown, he did run for 172 yards in Week 16, and 108 yards in the Week 17.

On February 20, 2006, the National Football League announced that Williams had violated the NFL drug policy for the fourth time. His mother reportedly said she did not think it was another marijuana violation, and that he may have been in India when he was supposed to be tested. On April 25, 2006, Williams was suspended for the entire 2006 season. It has been suggested that the substance may have been an herb related to his interest in holistic medicine.[15]

Toronto Argonauts

With Williams suspended for the entire 2006 NFL season, the CFL's Toronto Argonauts decided to put Williams on the negotiation list for the 2006 season.[16] This guaranteed that the team would become the rightful CFL organization to negotiate with Williams if his NFL contract were to be terminated at any time.[17] The Dolphins allowed Williams to play for the Argonauts on the condition that he would return to them in 2007.[18]

On May 28, 2006, Williams became the highest-paid running back in the CFL when he signed a one-year C$340,000 contract with the Argonauts. He chose to wear the #27 on his jersey.[19]

The signing drew the ire of former Argonauts quarterback Joe Theismann. On May 30, 2006, Theismann was interviewed by Toronto radio station The Fan 590 whereupon he criticized the Argonauts for signing the suspended Williams. Theismann claimed he was disgraced to be associated with a team that would knowingly sign "an addict" such as Williams. The CFL had no substance abuse policy in place, nor did it prohibit its teams from signing players suspended from other leagues, despite Williams being under contract with the Dolphins for the 2006 season.[20]

The Argonauts' ownership responded to Theismann's criticism, noting that Theismann's son, Joe, pleaded guilty in 2002 to a felony charge of possessing drug paraphernalia. He received a 10-year suspended prison term, was placed on five years of probation and fined. "It's really a delicate subject for him to attack someone if he has that in his own family", Argo co-owner David Cynamon said. "If I was his son and he's calling [Williams] a drug addict and he should quit and he's a loser, I'd be shattered. This thing is really bothersome."[21]

Williams made his official CFL debut on June 17, 2006, in a home game against the Tiger-Cats at the Rogers Centre. In that game, he rushed for 97 yards on 18 carries, with his longest carry for 35 yards in the fourth quarter. Williams caught two passes for 24 yards as the Argonauts defeated the Tiger-Cats by a score of 27–17.

On July 22, 2006, Williams suffered a broken bone in his left arm during a game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Regina, Saskatchewan.[22] He underwent surgery on July 23, 2006 to repair the broken bone.[23] Shortly after injuring his arm, Williams suffered yet another injury after a door at the Argonauts' practice facility swung behind him and clipped the running back on his left achilles tendon requiring 16 stitches to close the gash.[24] During his recovery, Williams received hyperbaric oxygen therapy in St. Catharines, Ontario to expedite his return from injury.[25] In all, Williams missed two months of game action because of the injuries, returning on September 23, 2006 against the Calgary Stampeders.

In the 11 games that he played during 2006 CFL regular season, Williams rushed 109 times for 526 yards, scoring two touchdowns, with a long run of 35 yards. He caught 19 passes for 127 yards.[26]

Williams stated his love for Toronto and mentioned the possibility of returning to the Canadian game during his professional career. "I was thinking it wouldn't be bad to come back up here and kind of follow the same steps as Pinner – play here a couple years and maybe get a chance to coach up here", Williams said. "Because I really like Toronto, I really like this organization … you can live here, you know? You feel like you have a life. I come to work, I go home, play with my kid, walk to the store. It's really nice. I get to teach. It's wonderful here."[27] In another interview, he expressed further desire to remain in the CFL, "If I came back here, you can put me anywhere", he says. "Up here, I can play offense, defense, special teams. I can do everything. I can block, play tight end, running back, receiver — even play the line. The NFL is so structured — 'You do this.' Here I can do so much."[28]

With the controversy over, the Argonauts signing Williams prompted outgoing CFL commissioner Tom Wright, in his final state of the league address, to introduce a new rule that would come in effect before the start of the 2007 CFL season that would prevent a player under suspension in the NFL from signing with a CFL club. This rule has been informally dubbed "The Ricky Williams Rule."

The new rule, however, was grandfathered so that players who were still playing in the league, such as Argonaut tackle Bernard Williams, who was suspended by the NFL for drug abuse and did not seek reinstatement when the ban ended, could continue playing.[29][30]

Second stint with Miami

On May 11, 2007, an anonymous source reported that Williams had failed a drug test again. The source indicated that NFL medical advisors had recommended to the commissioner that Williams not be allowed to apply for reinstatement that September.[31]

Williams adhered to a strict regimen of multiple drug tests per week in 2007 as part of his attempt to be reinstated by the NFL. He practiced yoga, which, he claimed, helped him to stop using marijuana.[32] In October 2007, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell granted his request for reinstatement. Williams returned for a Monday Night Football game on November 26, 2007. He rushed 6 times for 15 yards before Lawrence Timmons, a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, stepped on his right shoulder, tearing his pectoral muscle. The next day it was reported that he would miss the rest of the season,[33] and on November 28, Williams was placed on injured reserve.

Williams bounced back in the 2008 season, rushing for 659 yards on 160 carries and scoring four touchdowns while playing in all 16 games for the Dolphins. He and Ronnie Brown ran the Wildcat formation together, resulting in an 11-5 season for the Dolphins.

In 2009, during the Dolphins ninth game, starting running back Ronnie Brown suffered a season-ending injury,[34] and Williams, at age 32, became the starter for the remainder of the year. He finished the season with 1,121 yards rushing and a 4.7 yards per carry, along the way setting an NFL record of the longest time span (six years) between 1,000 yard seasons (2003–2009).[35] Williams also became only the seventh player in NFL history to begin a season age 32 or older and reach 1,000 yards rushing during that season.[35]

In the 2010 season, Williams carried 159 times for 673 yards and two touchdowns for the Dolphins while splitting duties, averaging 4.2 yards a carry at the age of 33.[36]

Baltimore Ravens

Williams signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens on August 8, 2011.[37] Williams scored his first touchdown of the season against the Houston Texans on October 16. On January 1, 2012, Williams surpassed the 10,000 career rushing yards mark and became the 26th player in the history of the NFL to do so.[38] On February 7, 2012, Williams informed the Ravens of his retirement from the NFL.[39]

NFL statistics

Rushing Statistics[40]

Year Team GP Att Yds Avg Lng TD 1st Fum FumL
1999 NO 12 253 884 3.5 25 2 45 6 3
2000 NO 10 248 1,000 4.0 26 8 56 6 3
2001 NO 16 313 1,245 4.0 46 6 58 6 2
2002 MIA 16 383 1,853 4.8 63 16 89 7 5
2003 MIA 16 392 1,372 3.5 45 9 68 4 4
2005 MIA 12 168 743 4.4 35 6 37 1 1
2007 MIA 1 6 15 2.5 6 0 2 1 1
2008 MIA 16 160 659 4.1 51 4 35 4 2
2009 MIA 16 241 1,121 4.7 68 11 55 4 2
2010 MIA 16 159 673 4.2 45 2 26 4 2
2011 BAL 16 108 444 4.1 28 2 20 2 2
Career 147 2,431 10,009 4.1 68 66 491 45 29

Receiving Statistics[40]

Year Team GP Rec Yds Avg Lng TD 1st Fum FumL
1999 NO 12 28 172 6.1 29 0 8 0 0
2000 NO 10 44 409 9.3 24 1 19 0 0
2001 NO 16 60 511 8.5 42 1 19 2 2
2002 MIA 16 47 363 7.7 52 1 14 0 0
2003 MIA 16 50 351 7.0 59 1 11 3 1
2005 MIA 12 17 93 5.5 19 0 3 0 0
2008 MIA 16 29 219 7.6 47 1 9 1 0
2009 MIA 16 35 264 7.5 59 2 9 1 0
2010 MIA 16 19 141 7.4 28 1 6 0 0
2011 BAL 16 13 83 6.4 18 0 5 0 0
Career 147 342 2,606 7.6 59 8 103 7 3

Miami Dolphins franchise records

  • Most rushing yards (season): 1,853 (2002)[41]
  • Most rushing touchdowns in a season: 16 (2002)[41]

Personal life

Williams is a medical cannabis advocate. He once stated his "personal goal is to elevate the legitimacy of cannabis as a medicine and the respect of medical professionals for cannabis users."[42]

Williams has admitted being very shy and was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder, and avoidance disorder with which he struggled to cope during his football career.[43] Williams was treated with therapy and medication. Williams was briefly a spokesperson for the drug Paxil as treatment. He worked with the drug company GlaxoSmithKline to educate the public about the disorder.[44] Williams later quit using Paxil and said that cannabis was a much better form of treatment.[45][46]

Williams is a qualified yoga instructor. He has stated that one of his main reasons for joining the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts was for the opportunity to teach free yoga lessons at a local Toronto yoga facility. It has been reported that Williams uses pranic healing, no-touch energy healing system, to recover from injuries.[47][48] In 2009, Williams enrolled at Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami, Florida to study massage therapy and Japanese Shiatsu.[49][50] In 2018, Williams co-founded an herbal wellness company with his wife Linnea Miron named Real Wellness.[51]

The son of a minister, Williams was raised Southern Baptist and attended church twice a week during his childhood. He still self-identifies as a Christian, but his yoga study opened his mind to other religions, and his exact views on religion are difficult to label. He believes religions are cultural, and his beliefs are inclusive of at least some Christian, Islam, Buddhist, and Hindu philosophies.[52] Williams is in the first year of a master's program at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, CA.[53]

In 2015, Williams signed with global talent agency William Morris Endeavor (WME) for representation in media prior to being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.[54][55]

In the media

  • Williams is a football analyst on the Longhorn Network for Texas GameDay and Texas GameDay Final.[56]
  • Williams appeared in an infomercial for Natural Golf alongside Mike Ditka and appeared alongside him in a wedding dress on the cover of ESPN The Magazine.[57]
  • HBO's Inside the NFL had a skit about Williams trying to return to the Dolphins. It featured him trying to raise $8.6 million, avoiding drug tests, and even asking Dan Marino to return with him.
  • Williams's likeness appeared on the cover of the original NFL Street, Williams did not appear in the sequel, NFL Street 2, or NFL Street 3. Both games were released during his suspended seasons (2004 and 2006).
  • Williams played a cameo role in the feature film Stuck on You
  • Williams makes an appearance on the third season of the physical reality game show, Pros vs. Joes on SpikeTV
  • Williams is the subject of an ESPN Films documentary entitled "Run Ricky Run". It is part of ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series.
  • Williams is the subject of an NFL Network film Ricky Williams: A Football Life.[58][59]
  • On January 13, 2019, it was announced Williams would be a houseguest in the second American season of the reality show competition Celebrity Big Brother.[60][61] Williams finished as the season’s runner up, losing to Tamar Braxton.[62]

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1998 Texas Longhorns football team

The 1998 Texas Longhorns football team represented the University of Texas at Austin during the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. They were represented in the Big 12 Conference in the South Division. They played their home games at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The team was coached by head coach Mack Brown.

1999 Cotton Bowl Classic

The 1999 Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic was a post-season college football game played on January 1, 1999. It pitted the Texas Longhorns against the Southeastern Conference (SEC) West champions Mississippi State Bulldogs. This was the first Cotton Bowl Classic broadcast by Fox.

This game was the first time Texas had reached the post-season since the 1996 season. It was the first bowl game for Texas under new head coach Mack Brown. Texas had compiled an 8–3 season record.

Meanwhile, Mississippi State had compiled an 8–3 regular season record under head coach Jackie Sherrill. They won the SEC West division title before falling to Tennessee, 24–14, in the SEC Championship game. The loss knocked them to 8–4 coming into the bowl game.

Behind the rushing of Ricky Williams, who was declared the Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker award winner a few days before, Texas raced to a 14–3 lead by halftime. They scored 24 unanswered points in the third quarter en route to a 38–11 victory.

It was Texas's first bowl game win since the 1994 Sun Bowl, and their first 9-win season as a Big 12 team (Texas had left the Southwest Conference and joined the Big 12 at the start of the 1996 season). It was also Texas's first New Year's Day bowl win since the 1981 season. It was also the first Cotton Bowl Classic on Fox.

2001 New Orleans Saints season

The 2001 New Orleans Saints season saw the team win seven games in a strong division dominated by the Rams and the 49ers. The Saints’ failure to qualify for the postseason meant 2001 would become the seventeenth consecutive time that the team hosting the Super Bowl would not be playing in it.

The Saints were outscored 160-52 in their final four games.

After just three seasons with the Saints, running back Ricky Williams was traded to the Miami Dolphins during the 2002 off-season.

2002 Miami Dolphins season

The 2002 Miami Dolphins season was the team's 37th overall, and 33rd as a member of the National Football League. The Dolphins failed to improve upon their previous season's output of 11–5, instead winning only nine games. The team missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

In the off-season, the Dolphins acquired running back Ricky Williams from the New Orleans Saints. Despite the team not making the playoffs, he led the league with a career-high 16 rushing touchdowns. Williams made the Pro Bowl following the season, taking home the game's MVP honors. It was Williams' only Pro Bowl appearance of his career.

2003 Pro Bowl

The 2003 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 2002 season. The game was played on February 2, 2003, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final Score was AFC 45, NFC 23. Ricky Williams of the Miami Dolphins was the game's MVP.

2007 CFL season

The 2007 CFL season was the 54th season of modern Canadian professional football. Officially, it was the 50th season of the league, and many special events were held to commemorate the event. Regular-season play began on June 28, 2007 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario and concluded on Saturday, November 3, 2007. The playoffs began on Sunday, November 11, 2007, and ended with the championship game, the 95th Grey Cup, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, on November 25, 2007, with the Saskatchewan Roughriders as champion.

Freedom Football League

The Freedom Football League (FFL) is a planned professional spring-summer American football league.

Grenada national cricket team

The Grenada national cricket team represents the country of Grenada in cricket. The team is not a member of the International Cricket Council, but the Grenada Cricket Association is a member of the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control, which itself is a member association of the West Indies Cricket Board, and players from Grenada generally represent the Windward Islands cricket team at domestic level and the West Indies at international level. Grenada has however played as a separate entity in matches which held Twenty20 status, but has not appeared in first-class or List A cricket. The teams coach, as of November 2013, is Ricky Williams. The team currently has two captains: Devon Smith, who captains the two-day team, and Andre Fletcher who captains the 20-over team.

Isabella Braña

Isabella Braña is a fictional character from the American CBS Daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless. She was portrayed by Eva Longoria, created by Kay Alden and introduced by former executive producer Edward J. Scott on March 8, 2001. During her run, the character gave birth to Paul Williams' (Doug Davidson) son and later tried to kill his ex-wife, Christine Blair (Lauralee Bell). Described as "crazy", "evil" and a "whack job", Longoria said the character was a challenge to portray. The actress was let go and Longoria last aired on August 15, 2003.

Miami Dolphins records

This article details records relating to the Miami Dolphins NFL American football team.

Ricky Williams (American football, born 1978)

Ricky Antwan Williams (born August 29, 1978) is a former American football running back for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas Tech. Williams was born in Dallas, Texas.

Ricky Williams (The Young and the Restless)

Ricky Williams is a fictional character from the CBS Daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless. The character was created as the son of Paul Williams (Doug Davidson) and Isabella Braña (Eva Longoria), born onscreen on May 10, 2002. After being portrayed by a series of unidentified infant child actors, the character was raised by Isabella's parents in Los Angeles, California. In 2011, Ricky was rapidly aged to an adult, with Peter Porte being cast to play the character. Zap2it described Ricky as "a one-dimensional villain with daddy and mommy issues".

Upon his return as an adult, Ricky was resentful of his father Paul for his lack of involvement in his life in his early years. In June 2012, Porte was let go from the soap opera and his departure was slated to be a dramatic exit. Within the storyline, Paul found Ricky about to kill Eden Baldwin (Jessica Heap) and shot him to save her, killing him.

Ricky Williams (darts player)

Ricky Williams (born 29 May 1989) is a professional English darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation events.

He won the Mill Rythe Darts Festival in 2009 and the Malta Open in 2013. He also won a PDC Tour Card in 2016.

Ricky Williams (musician)

Ricky Williams (October 4, 1956 – November 21, 1992), also known as Ricky Tractor, was an American musician based in San Francisco. He is best known as a vocalist and lyricist, but also played drums and guitar. He was the second drummer for Crime (1976–77), the original singer for Flipper (1979) and The Sleepers (1977–81), and vocalist for Toiling Midgets (1981–83). He has been credited with giving Flipper their band name, although he was fired before they made any recordings. Williams died at the age of 36 on November 21, 1992, of a heroin overdose.

Ricky Williams trade

The Ricky Williams trade was a trade between the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL), which occurred prior to the 1999 NFL draft. Mike Ditka of the Saints wanted to move up in the draft order to ensure that he would be able to select Ricky Williams from the University of Texas at Austin. To do so, he traded every pick he had in the draft for the fifth overall selection, which he used to select Williams.

The Saints struggled in the 1999 season, and Ditka was fired. Williams played for the Saints for three seasons before he was traded to the Miami Dolphins.

Ronnie Brown

Ronnie G. Brown Jr. (born December 12, 1981) is a former American football running back. After graduating from Cartersville High School in Georgia, Brown attended Auburn University to play college football for the Auburn Tigers. He and Cadillac Williams shared carries at running back, while he had 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2002, 446 yards and five touchdowns in 2003, and 913 yards and eight touchdowns in 2004. Brown finished seventh in school history with 2,707 rushing yards and fifth with 28 rushing touchdowns. He twice earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2002 and 2004.

Brown was drafted second overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 2005 NFL Draft. Brown started at running back for the Dolphins for the first four weeks of the season while Ricky Williams served a suspension, and shared carries with him when he returned in week five. Brown became the feature back in 2006 due to Williams' full year suspension. Brown sat out three games due to a broken hand suffered on Thanksgiving Day in a game against the Detroit Lions, returning in week 16. He played in the first seven games of the 2007 season before suffering a knee injury which knocked him out for the remainder of the season. Williams started over Brown in the first two games of the 2008 season, but shared carries with him after week two. Brown had 916 yards and ten touchdowns in 2008, which led to his first Pro Bowl selection following the season. He was placed on injured reserve for the second straight season after suffering a foot injury in week nine of the 2009 season. Brown rushed for 734 yards and five touchdowns in 2010, as he started in all 16 games. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 following a six-year career with the Dolphins.

Texas Longhorns football

The Texas Longhorns football program is the intercollegiate team representing the University of Texas at Austin (variously Texas or UT) in the sport of American football. The Longhorns compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) as a member of the Big 12 Conference. The team is coached by Tom Herman since 2017, and home games are played at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Texas Longhorns football statistical leaders

The Texas Longhorns football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Texas Longhorns football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Longhorns represent the University of Texas in the NCAA's Big 12 Conference.

Although Texas began competing in intercollegiate football in 1893, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1950. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1950, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Longhorns have played in a bowl game in all but one season since then, allowing players to have an additional game to accumulate statistics.

Similarly, the Longhorns have played in the Big 12 Championship Game (1996–2010, 2017–present) six times, providing yet another game for players in those seasons.

All of the Longhorns' 10 highest seasons in points scored, and all but one of the top 10 seasons in offensive yards, came under former head coach Mack Brown, who coached Texas from 1998 through 2013.These lists are updated through the 2018 Big 12 Championship Game.

Ricky Williams—awards, and honors

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