Bye-Bye Ricky Williams

Heading to Baltimore

The Miami Dolphins showed little interest in re-signing the enigmatic Ricky Williams and today, he agreed to a two year deal with the Baltimore Ravens to back up Ray Rice.  Provided he passes his physical tomorrow.  A short time ago, Williams “tweeted” “Bye Dolfans – It’s been fun“, which is an understatement given his tumultuous up and down ride as a member of the team.

It’s difficult to predict what Williams will be remembered for in Miami, his play on the field, or the distractions off it.  The last three seasons, despite his open criticism following the 2010 season, has been smooth for both Ricky and the Dolphins.  Thanks in large part to Bill Parcells‘ overseeing of the team.  Parcells brought Ricky back into the fold after a stint in the Canadian Football League.  I still remember a reporter saying that Ricky was standing at a window looking at the practice field eating an apple after rejoining the team.

Of course we can’t forget the front porch chat with Nick Saban either.

Which unfortunately then brings back the memories of his off and on use of “pot” and his subsequent suspensions as a result of it.

For everything that Ricky accomplished on the field in Miami, he will never be singular remembered.  Instead, he will always have the onus of his past as well.  The aforementioned suspensions, his abrupt retirement just before the 2004 season, and the two number one draft picks the Phins gave up for the right to deal with it all.

Yeah, Ricky, as you said, “it was fun”.  While I will agree that at times, it was fun, it was certainly entertaining.  Good-luck!

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