Williams Reinstatement: Don't Trust Ricky Williams

John FalcettaSenior Analyst IOctober 3, 2007

IconHere we go again.

It's that time of year—baseball is starting the postseason, the NFL is heating up, NCAA football is in top form...

And Ricky Williams is trying to come back from a drug suspension.

Ricky is quickly becoming the Darryl Strawberry of the NFL. How many chances do we give this guy? How many times is he going to screw up?

And how many seasons can he sit out before he loses the skills that once made him one of the best running backs in football?

The main reason Ricky wants to come back is the money. For a guy who claims material things mean nothing to him, Ricky sure seems loath to repay what he owes the Dolphins.

As it stands, he's not worth the risk. Whether or not his passion for the game is still there, you can't convince me that Rick would make sense for any NFL team.

This is all speculation, of course, because Roger Goodell may not even reinstate Williams. And why would he? Ricky has screwed up every chance given to him—and continues to make the same mistakes.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

What is it for "fool me five times"?

It's a safe bet Ricky will break the heart of any GM that gives him a shot. The fans deserve better than to be jerked around by the same old knucklehead again and again.

Then again, maybe if the Dolphins release Ricky he can catch on with the Bengals. They seem to welcome knuckleheads these days in Cincinnati.