If you had The University of the Incarnate Word as the place Ricky Williams would pop up in your "Where in the world will Williams appear next?" pool, collect your prize at the door.
In yet another random twist to his football journey, Williams is getting back into football off the beaten path. He is joining the coaching staff at University of the Incarnate Word, in a move first reported by CoachingSearch.com. KSAT.com said he will work with running backs on his days off while he still lives in Austin.
The initial report over at CoachingSearch.com by Chris Vannini is frugal with the details on how Williams came to be what is seemingly a part-time running backs coach.
There is really nothing the 36-year-old, who last played for the Baltimore Ravens, could do to shock us anymore, even coaching for a program Schwab writes is, "making the transition from Division II to the Football Championship Subdivision this year."
Even the working with running backs on his "days off" screams of something Williams may have worked into an agreement.
Simply put, the man was hard to peg when he was playing, so he is certain to be a drifting free spirit well into retirement.
Williams was quite the running back, both on and off the field. He came into the league a highly touted talent who signed a huge deal with the New Orleans Saints back in 1999.
Of course, subsequent issues with marijuana led to his suspension and an early retirement he used to find himself—and as Schwab reminds—complete his "studying holistic medicine in California."
He would come back to the NFL fold and continue what would ultimately end as a strong career any athlete would be proud to have produced. In 11 seasons, Williams ran for over 10,000 yards and 66 touchdowns.
In retirement, Williams is free to come and go as he pleases, dabbling in whatever venture suits his soul. For the moment, that means coaching the running backs at a small, private university.
There is nothing surprising about that at all.
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