Miami Dolphins

Ricky Williams: 15 Questions I'd Like to Ask

DENVER - NOVEMBER 02:  Running back Ricky Williams #34 of the Miami Dolphins awaits action against the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 2, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Dolphins defeated the Broncos 26-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Sean d'OliveiraContributor IMay 28, 2009

Over the years, Ricky Williams has been one of the most enigmatic and interesting characters in the NFL. From sitting out a season because of a drug suspension to living in a tent in Australia, Williams hasn’t lived the typical NFL superstar life.

With a Heisman Trophy and an NFL rushing title, Williams has never had his talent questioned. But his activities away from the field have cost him millions of dollars.

Diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, Williams was classified as an “oddball” by teammates, but has come out of his shell in recent years. An avid photographer and certified yoga instructor, Williams has a twin sister and was born Errick Lynne Williams.

At 32, he is now a complementary running back to Ronnie Brown, and has accepted the role despite his previous success.

So, here are 15 questions intended to delve deeper into the mind of one of the more peculiar players in the NFL.

  1. What’s the biggest misconception about Ricky Williams?
  2. You conducted interviews with your helmet on during your rookie season and won a "Good Guy Award" in 2005 for being cooperative with the local media. What was the key factor in that transition?
  3. What’s been the biggest change in your life over the last five years?
  4. What was the key factor in overcoming your social anxiety disorder?
  5. You’re taking classes at a local university. How does studying for school compare to preparing for an upcoming opponent?
  6. You’ve developed a close relationship with Ronnie Brown. Does that make it easier to split carries?
  7. What do you think was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome while in the NFL?
  8. You’ve said in the past how you didn’t enjoy football, but now you do. How did that change?
  9. When you retired in 2004 from the Dolphins and they sued you for breach of contract, did you ever think you would play for them again.
  10. What was the most important thing you learned about yourself while being suspended from the NFL.
  11. You were drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies out of high school and played in the minor leagues. Is there anything you can take from baseball and apply to football?
  12. Who’s had the biggest influence on your career?
  13. What would you like to be known for?
  14. What’s your biggest regret?
  15. What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received? 

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