Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams would certainly get the top award for being one of the most interesting figures in NFL history.
He's hung out with Lenny Kravitz. He taught yoga classes in Toronto when he played with the Toronto Argonauts. He's a confirmed Hindu. Of course, everybody knows he has smoked a few blunts in between all of that as well.
In terms of having a wide variety of experiences, I don't know if there is a living football player with as wide a range of interesting experiences as the "Texas Tornado." He earned that nickname during his Heisman Trophy-winning days for the Texas Longhorns.
I'll always love Ricky Williams for what he's done on the gridiron.
He's always been one of my favorite running backs to watch. Blessed with a stunning combination of speed and power, Williams has long made one of the game's most physically demanding positions look easy.
What hasn't come easy for Ricky, however, is dealing with life off the gridiron. He's grown up before the public's eyes and while many will shun him as an outcast, I will always embrace him as a human being. Ricky learned so much about himself in such a very public manner, when he wasn't comfortable doing so.
He once said, “One of the biggest things I've done is learn how to love myself, flaws and all. Even the things I don't like about myself, I accept. People have made fun of me and made me self-conscious about talking so softly, for example, but I accept that as who I am and I'm not changing it for anybody. I'm at peace with who I am now, and once you've achieved that, all the other stuff disappears.”
That's yet another reason why I'll always love Ricky Williams—he learned to be at peace with who he is as a person while not letting anything else bother him.
With the wide variety of experiences that Williams has been through in his life, he would be one of the best interviews in professional sports today. That's why he's my pick for my mock interview. Below are the questions.
Q: If you could choose one person throughout history to smoke weed with, who would you choose and why?
Q: You speak very fondly of your time in Toronto when you played for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts. What's your favorite part of that city?
Q: Who has been the most influential coach in your football career throughout your life?
Q: You've talked about how failing the drug test forced you into early retirement. What made you want to come back to the game of football?
Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Q: You tried playing baseball in the minor leagues for a few years while you were at the University of Texas. If you could choose any other sport to play professionally and be really good at, which would you pick and why?
Q: Here's a hypothetical. Let's say they've decided to come out with a film entitled: Ricky Williams—The True Story. Which actor do you want to play your part in the film and why?
Q: There's a movie called "The Bucket List" in which Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman make a list of activities they would like to do before they kick the bucket. Give us three things on your bucket list and explain them.
Q: You've accomplished a tremendous amount during your career in football. Which one are you the most proud of and why?
Q: You have stated that 2011 is the last year that you will play football professionally, because of the wear and tear that football takes on a running back's body. Give us a description of what life after the NFL will be like for Ricky Williams.
Thanks for the interview, Ricky. We appreciate it and best of luck in your NFL career.