By: Jason Sarney
In 2002, the Miami Dolphins traded for running back Ricky Williams in a massive deal with the New Orleans Saints. That September, Ricky made his debut with Miami against the Detroit Lions and ran for 111 yards and a pair of scores. That was the start of a memorable career with the Dolphins with several different phases.
In what was one of the more enjoyable experiences of the recent times we are living in for me personally, the Boys over in The Fish Tank brought the former Heisman winning running back in for a discussion about all things Ricky, and as per usual, the show was perfect.
Williams, as many Fin fans know, is the closest thing the NFL has ever had to Leonardo Da Vinci…but in pads. Williams talks to O.J. McDuffie, Seth Levit and DJ Prec about life and football. His abilities and passions off the gridiron are even more impressive than his work hitting the A and B Gaps during his playing days.
With limited to zero spoilers in this preview, do yourself a favor and check out the latest episode of The Fish Tank, and magically get whisked back to the 2002 and 2003 seasons, where Ricky totaled 3,225 rushing yards, 714 receiving yards and a total of 27 TDs as the newly acquired star. He also carried the ball 775 times in those 32 games, meaning he never missed action, despite being the NFL's leader in rushing attempts for those two seasons.
Of course, the heavy usage in the “Run, Ricky, Run” era led to a few points in Ricky’s football destiny which he discussed, but don’t take it from me. Listen to the player, the pupil, the poet, the photographer, the philanthropist…the person.
Listen to the Student of the Game, and more importantly life, discuss his work both in-between the lines, and outside of them, as #34 is far and away one of the most unique, talented, and captivating individuals to ever run a football, swing a baseball bat, snap a photo, or teach a yoga position. Certifiably, Ricky is a latter-day Renaissance Man.
Please rush like the man himself to your devices and listen to the best hour of the Week in the Ricky Williams episode of The Fish Tank! “The Star of the Symphony,” as he put it, brings home one of the best episodes of this cornerstone show in Findom!
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