Ricky Williams: Richie Incognito is not a racist, maybe Jonathan Martin doesn’t belong in NFL

Ricky Williams DolphinsRicky Williams, who played with Richie Incognito when the two were with the Miami Dolphins in 2010, provided an interesting take on the Jonathan Martin bullying saga on Tuesday. During an interview with KGMZ-FM in San Francisco, Williams refused to blame Incognito. In fact, he argued that bullying is essentially what NFL players are expected to do on a daily basis.

“How is bullying something that’s even mentioned regarding the NFL?” Williams asked, via Chris Wesseling of Around the League. “Because that’s kind of what we’re taught to do — at least on the field — is to bully the guy across from us so we can win the football game.

“It’s kind of what we’re subjected to on a day-to-day basis that most people will never be able to understand. …  And I’m not saying that it’s bad. I’m saying it just really speaks to what it takes to be a professional football player. And to me there’s no room to play the victim or to be bullied or to even have that discussion when it comes to the NFL. If you’re having that discussion, it just means that maybe you don’t belong in the NFL.”

Williams went on to discuss how he decided playing football wasn’t the career for him nine years ago. However, he accused Martin of using Incognito as a “scapegoat” and an excuse for why he chose to leave the team. In other words, Williams believes Martin would have left with or without the disturbing voicemails Incognito allegedly left on his phone.

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Ricky Williams speaks out against bullying in NFL

Ricky Williams DolphinsRicky Williams spoke out against bullying in the NFL on Sunday in the wake of the Jonathan Martin situation with the Miami Dolphins. Offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who was said to be one of Martin’s main tormentors, has been suspended indefinitely as the league investigates a number of reports about his alleged role in Martin’s departure from the team.

Williams, a former Dolphins running back who played with Incognito in 2010, initially tweeted that he was in awe over the fact that bullying is an issue in the NFL.

When Williams was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1999, he said head coach Mike Ditka banned hazing. One year prior, second-round draft pick Cam Cleeland was injured during an infamous hazing incident in which veterans forced rookies to put pillow cases over their heads and run through a gauntlet of players.

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Ricky Williams: Marijuana for me was like spinach for Popeye

Ricky Williams DolphinsFormer NFL running back Ricky Williams always had question marks surrounding his off-field behavior during his professional career. He was a known marijuana user, with former teammate Channing Crowder recently revealing that Williams often smoked weed the night before games.

Most would say that drug use was a problem for Williams, who failed multiple drug tests during his NFL career and was suspended for the entire 2006 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The former Heisman Trophy winner believes his love for herb was the opposite of a problem. During a recent interview with Campus Insiders, Williams was asked if he has spoken with the players at Incarnate Word University — where he is currently an assistant coach — about his off-field issues.

“I don’t consider them off-field issues, only other people do,” Williams said, via For the Win. “I’m an open book with these kids in any area of my life that they want to talk about. I don’t agree that (smoking weed) was an Achilles’ heel. I kind of think it was more like spinach for Popeye.”

Crowder did say that Williams had an anxiety disorder and that his marijuana use did not affect the team until Ricky got caught. It has also been said that Williams smoked weed before he rushed for over 200 yards against the Buffalo Bills in 2002.

Maybe smoking pot did work for Williams. There’s no arguing he’s a strange guy. That being said, it is against the rules in college and the NFL. He should probably hold off on preaching the Popeye analogy to college kids.

Nick Saban offered Ricky Williams a job on his Alabama staff

Ricky Williams DolphinsRicky Williams is in his first season as an assistant coach for University of the Incarnate Word, and it turns out he actually had an even better job opportunity he turned down.

When the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner was trying to get the job at Incarnate Word, he reached out to two of his former coaches for letters of recommendation. Both Mack Brown and Nick Saban came through for him, but Saban did him one better.

According to USA Today’s Laken Littman, Saban actually offered Ricky the opportunity to work on his staff at Alabama. Williams turned it down, perhaps feeling more comfortable working with Incarnate Word instead, but is considering the offer for the future.

But can you believe this? How odd of a pairing are those two?

Saban is one of the most demanding, straight-edge, no-nonsense coaches in college football. Ricky was suspended for an entire season for a reported fourth violation of the league’s substance abuse policy because he continuously smoked weed. He left Saban’s Miami Dolphins in 2006 and played in Canada because of the suspension. However, Williams rushed for 743 yards and six touchdowns for Saban in 2005.

The two must have formed a connection, because Williams says Saban is the coach he wants to emulate most.

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Channing Crowder: Ricky Williams smoked weed night before games

Bill-Parcells-Convinced-Ricky-Williams-to-RetireFormer Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams was one of the strangest players to ever tear up the gridiron. Very few people would be surprised if you told them Williams smoked marijuana. However, some might find it interesting that he supposedly did it in the hours leading up to game day.

According to Channing Crowder, one of Williams’ former teammates in Miami, Ricky smoked weed the night before one of the biggest games of his career, when he rushed for 228 yards against the Buffalo Bills in 2002.

“Remember that Buffalo game, the 200-yard game?” Crowder asked during an interview with WQAM in Miami on Wednesday, via Pro Football Talk. “Smoked the night before. Talk to Ricky. He was doing it, that’s what he did.”

Crowder’s comments came after marijuana advocates put up a prominent billboard outside the Denver Broncos’ stadium that implied smoking weed would lead to less alcohol consumption. As for Williams, Crowder said he smoked because he had anxiety.

“Ricky has social anxiety and he smoked weed. Ricky’s marijuana didn’t affect the team until he got caught smoking,” he continued. “Him smoking weed, sitting at his house smoking weed, didn’t affect anybody but Ricky. He got high and then he sobered up and then he went to practice the next day.”

For those wondering how he didn’t get caught, the NFL tests players who are not involved in the substance abuse program once a year. If the random test comes early, they know they cannot be tested for the remainder of the season.

If you think Williams is the only player who smoked — or smokes — weed the night before games and practices, I could probably sell you a screen door in a submarine. Such is life in the NFL and other sports, and Crowder is apparently here to tell us all about it.

Ricky Williams’ wife upset with him for tweeting about their great sex

Recently retired running back Ricky Williams was tweeting early Saturday about the incredible sex he had with his wife, but he ended up deleting the tweets after she got upset.

Williams apparently was touting a website that helps people channel positive sexual energy and in the process he bragged about his great sex. Here are the tweets he sent (since deleted) as saved by Sports Rantz (read from the bottom up):

The oops tweet was in reference to his sex tweets creating a stir. Shortly after sending the messages, he said his wife was upset about his mentions of their sex life.

“I think I’m going to delete my Twitter account this afternoon. My wife is pissed at me for talking about sex. This was fun though. Thanks.”

All the tweets are gone now, but luckily Ricky’s account isn’t. Hopefully he didn’t get in as much trouble as Rocky McIntosh.

Thanks to Media Rantz for the story

Ricky Williams says a text from Bill Parcells convinced him to retire

We have seen this act before. Ricky Williams announces his retirement, follows Lenny Kravitz around the world for a few months, and then returns to the NFL and remains relatively productive. Williams announced his retirement once again on Tuesday, but there are still plenty of people who believe he will change his mind. He was a successful complement to Ray Rice in the Ravens running game this season and still has a year remaining on his contract, but Ricky says a conversation with Bill Parcells resulted in his decision to call it quits.

“I was really excited to express to (Parcells) how excited I was about football and about the way the season ended and how much I was looking forward to coming back, and his reply kind of shook me a little bit,” Williams said in an interview with WQAM in Miami that the L.A. Times passed along. “He said, well, that’s good to hear, he said, you know, don’t chase this thing too long. You can contribute in other ways.”

Apparently that was all Williams needed to hear. He said the text from Parcells coupled with a conversation the two of them had years back with the Dolphins helped him make up his mind.

“I allowed myself to think if I could be doing anything in the world, what would I be doing?” Williams explained. “And what came to mind is I’d be travelling a little bit, I’d be going to classes and I’d be going back to school. So I weighed what is it going to feel like to be on a football field next year and what is it going to feel like doing the things I want to do , and it just felt lighter, more expansive to be doing the things I want to do.”

Don’t be surprised if Ricky gets the itch to come back after he hops on a couple of flights to various countries and takes a night class or two. As for how it stands at the moment, John Harbaugh can thank Parcells for his temporary lack of backfield depth.