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May 21, 2005

Agent says Williams likes Saban, seeks return: Ricky Williams' strong rapport with new Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban is part of the reason the retired running back is contemplating a return, his agent said Friday. That, and he ran out of weed money.

posted by justgary to football at 02:45 PM - 18 comments

welcome back Ricky! The Fins need a running game! His personal demons aside, the guys is an awesome back who will make the dolphins contenders again.

posted by bluekarma at 02:54 AM on May 22

Can't we get through any part of the year without discussing this ridiculous notion? Ricky Williams is a has-been, yesterday's news, and, most importantly, addicted to the Chronic. That's not going to change, no matter how much he misses (or needs) the money. The Dolphins may actually move on as an organization if they forget Ricky Williams. Nick Saban bringing this up is the most foolish thing he could do in his first year. He never should have mentioned the guy. He's a reminder of a once-proud franchise that was reduced to an embarrassment, thanks in part, at least, to Ricky and his weaknesses. If he's already making Ricky his priority, then he's obviously in panic mode very early, and that's a poor sign, Dolphins fans.

posted by dyams at 08:23 AM on May 22

Ronnie Brown will provide the Fins with enough of a running game -- they picked him #2 overall. Ricky is a flake. Even if he does decide to return, he won't be worth the 8+ million he is supposed to be returning to the team.

posted by bperk at 09:56 AM on May 22

The link didn't work, so I can't RTFA yet....darn. This smells at least a little of "trial balloon" to me. The agent wants to see what kind of response the 'Phins make to the possibility of Ricky coming back; if it's too uniformly and strongly negative, then it's time to shop Ricky around to some other teams that might take a chance on him. I don't know what kind of shape Ricky's stayed in while out of football, but he's only been away from the game a year and he wasn't injured; it might be a little premature to call him a "has-been" if he can get his head together.

posted by alumshubby at 11:14 AM on May 22

Doesn't he have to serve a suspension if he comes back for positive drug tests?

posted by mayerkyl at 07:43 PM on May 22

The Dolphins' leading rusher last year gained 500 measly yards. You'd have to be on weed not to talk to Ricky Williams about coming back, even if you only want him as trade bait or a single season to let Brown work his way into NFL shape.

posted by rcade at 07:54 PM on May 22

Ricky Williams is a has-been Williams' last year he had 1372 yards, 2nd best of his career. My tip, your arguments will be taken more seriously if they're grounded in reality. most importantly, addicted to the Chronic Why does the NFL, NBA, and MLB test for weed? Does anyone really care if players toke up? I can understand why you don't want a truck driver or a surgeon getting high and working, but professional athletes? If they get high on their own time, does it really matter? Maybe it will screw with their conditioning but the athletes themselves are the ones who suffer from that, cause they'll be competing with someone who doesn't toke up, trains 24/7, and wants to take their job.

posted by Mike McD at 11:25 PM on May 22

every team in the NFL knows that a running game is tantamount to winning a Super Bowl. Period, end of story! Anyone who says a runner like RW, who was top 3 every year, is a has been, is a moron and knows nothing about the sport! I bet of you were Rickys agent, you would be happy as hell he wants to come back!

posted by bluekarma at 02:14 AM on May 23

Why does the NFL, NBA, and MLB test for weed? Does anyone really care if players toke up? I can understand why you don't want a truck driver or a surgeon getting high and working, but professional athletes? If they get high on their own time, does it really matter? Um, because it is illegal? Like it or not athletes are role models and their behavior does matter. As ridiculous as it might seem the testing is likely a deterrent for a certain segment. mayerkyl: According to this he will have to serve a four game suspension if he un-retires after July 1 otherwise it will be a one year suspension since that is the one year anniversary of his 'retirement'.

posted by geekyguy at 05:17 AM on May 23

Like it or not athletes are role models and their behavior does matter teachers are role models ... and most of the teachers I know smoke weed. Doesn't seem to be a problem. Anyway, I don't find the argument that it's illegal to be a compelling line of reasoning. Sort of like saying it is because it is. Its obviously illegal for everyone but not every job tests for marajuana use. What makes pro sports different?

posted by Mike McD at 09:37 AM on May 23

What makes pro sports different is that they test for illegal drugs. So, in order to make an exception for marijuana, the league would have to say that they are not testing for marijuana because they don't think it is so bad. Pro sports league should not be put in a position where they are putting value judgments on illegal drug use.

posted by bperk at 09:47 AM on May 23

good point bperk, that makes perfect sense.

posted by Mike McD at 10:13 AM on May 23

your mother and father are role models. Should they be tested for illegal drugs too? Who cares?!!!! I ust want to see RW back in a Dolphin uniform. Maybe his personal soul-searching is over and he will be stronger and more focused in his personal life. One thing is for sure, Ricky always gave 110% on the field..always. He never quit while he was in a game. Never.

posted by bluekarma at 10:36 AM on May 23

Let's not forget all those other losers who smoked the dope. Leon Lett... Heh, he'll never make it to the championship. Robert Parrish, AKA, "Fire Chief"... Won't get to the finals on the wacky weed. http://www.askmen.com/sports/health/20_mens_health.html Discover the truth instead of the myth of Marajuana... And then ask why is it still illegal in the first place.

posted by LostInDaJungle at 11:07 AM on May 23

Are Onterrio Smith and Rickey related? Weed smoking buddies. Way to go for Rickey if he does come back but so far he's done this evey year and I just don't believe him. And I can't believe Onterrio he was going to be the vikings number 1 running back then he goes and does that. Wizzinater.

posted by HitmanTennis at 01:58 PM on May 23

so far he's done this evey year and I just don't believe him Can you really say *every* year when you're only talking about one year. I mean, technically you're correct, but you do realize he only missed 2004?

posted by Mike McD at 05:54 PM on May 23

hey i would welcome ricky back for all those haters ya just jealous hes that good so wat he wanted time off they know wat kind of team with out him

posted by defrag3x at 03:41 PM on May 24

dude ricky williams is a bum. i hope everyone realizes that he is only doing this becuase he needs the money to pay child support and buy pot. my co-worker sent me this funny link. these guys seem to aggree. http://209.237.40.135/OH/NBX_OH_24MAY05_214926.mp3

posted by Oakfan13 at 01:46 PM on May 25

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