Miami Dolphins: Top 5 games of Ricky Williams’ career

Miami Dolphins Ricky Williams. (Photo By Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
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#2 game of Ricky Williams’ Miami Dolphins career:

December 9th, 2002 vs. Bears – 31 carries, 216 yards, 2 touchdowns

2002 was certainly the most successful season of Williams’ career, finishing 4th in Offensive Player of the Year voting and leading the league in rushing yards. The Dolphins had four prime-time games that season, and he showed out in the final one on December 9th against the Chicago Bears.

Williams overcame a big fumble early in the second quarter but turned on the jets for what would become the second-highest rushing total of his Dolphins’ career. He finished the first half with 119 yards and Miami had a 14-0 lead going into the locker room.

It would get even better. Early in the third quarter, Williams scampered for a 63-yard touchdown, the longest run of his career up to that point, putting the Dolphins firmly in the driver’s seat for a win that would take them to 8-5. He was having an incredible season, and now he had done it under the brightest of lights on Monday Night Football.

He could have gotten even more. With the game in hand, Williams was subbed out around the 7:30 mark of the 4th quarter and replaced again by Minor. The Dolphins had eight rushing attempts after his departure, which, if taken by Williams, would have given him his best game as a member of the team.