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Ricky Williams Will Coach at University of the Incarnate Word, If You Need Him

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Ricky Williams #34 of the Miami Dolphins walks down the tunnel for their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJuly 18, 2013

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. 

Yahoo! Sports' Frank Schwab reports the former NFL running back has decided to do a bit of coaching for a school many of you might not be acquainted with. 

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 said he will work with running backs on his days off while he still lives in Austin.

The initial report over at 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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