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Former NFL Star Ricky Williams Reportedly Will Join Staff of Incarnate Word

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Ricky Williams #34 of the Miami Dolphins carries the ball during the game against the Minnesota Vikings on September 19, 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIJuly 17, 2013

A little more than a year after his retirement from the NFL, former Heisman Trophy winning running back Ricky Williams will reportedly be embarking on a new career in the game of football.

According to Chris Vannini of, the former Texas Longhorn will be joining the coaching staff at the University of Incarnate Word.

Vannini's report did not specify what position Williams will hold at the San Antonio school.

As Williams makes his coaching debut, the Cardinals will be joining the Southland Conference and making their Division I FCS debut for the 2013 season.

UIW began playing Division II football in 2009.

From 2009 through 2012, the Cardinals compiled an overall record of 12-30, including a 2-9 finish last season.

Williams is just a year removed from a tumultuous NFL career that included stops in New Orleans, Miami and Baltimore, with a brief hiatus and stint in the CFL in between.

The San Diego native had a remarkable college career at Texas, where he was a two-time All-American and the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner.

When his four-year career in Austin was complete, Williams left for the NFL as the NCAA's all-time leading rusher—though he was surpassed the following season by Wisconsin's Ron Dayne.

Williams was then drafted No. 5 overall by New Orleans. He remained with the Saints until 2002, when he was traded to the Dolphins.

In Miami, Williams was named All-Pro in 2002 before leaving the NFL in 2004.

The story of Williams' peculiar career was chronicled in 2010 by ESPN's 30 for 30 series

Now, it appears as though another chapter will be added to the story of the Texas legend.

After experiencing the ups and downs Williams did throughout his playing career, he could prove to be an invaluable resource to college players. 

Depending on how his coaching career begins at UIW, it will be interesting to see if the former star takes a step up to the FBS level in the future.

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