Ricky Williams was as talented as it got when it came to NFL running backs.
I can say with few doubters that he had an opportunity to become one of the greatest of all time.
However, he never fulfilled his prophecy.
It wasn't a lack of skill or lack of effort that sunk Ricky Williams, it was a lack of will.
Ricky couldn't fight his own demons, and it ruined what could have been one of the greatest careers in NFL history.
Williams could not stay off weed.
He took a two year hiatus from football so he could smoke and smoke and smoke and smoke and smoke some more.
It took him a full two years to beat his pothead ways and it changed his life.
Here's 20 more athletes who fell in love with Mary Jane.
You knew it was coming.
Even before Lincy was caught with possession of marijuana we knew he was on it. Just look at the guy.
Lincecum was busted for possession of marijuana back in November, 2009, and I'm willing to bet it's not the first time he smoked pot.
Santonio Holmes was a Super Bowl hero, but that doesn't erase his checkered past.
Holmes was busted for marijuana possession on October 23, 2008, however, Holmes has already been open in admitting to his blazing ways.
Santonio has admit on several occasions to dealing drugs as a teanager in his hometown of BelleGlade, Florida.
This off-season, Udonis Haslem was billed as the perfect locker room guy.
Multiple teams wanted to sign him for his veteran leadership.
However, just one week ago, Haslem was arrested for possessing over 20 grams of marijuana with intent to use.
Nice work, Udonis.
It really pains me to mention Michael Vick's name.
This guy had all the talent in the world.
He could run almost as fast as Chris Johnson and throw almost as well as Peyton Manning.
There's no doubt he could have been the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
But he blew it all.
And I'm not just talking about his dog fighting charges.
Vick was a major pothead on top of that too. Then again, how could you do something like that and not be?
In early 2004, two men were arrested in Virginia for distributing marijuana. The truck was registered to Vick.
While this was the only time Vick had been linked to weed without being proven innocent, you can bet that he smoked plenty back in his college and early pro days.
Kareem is not the first guy that comes to mind when thinking of sports potheads, but it's a fact that he's been hitting the bowl for quite some time.
Kareem has been arrested twice for marijuana possession.
However, there is a catch.
Jabbar has a marijuana prescription to control migranes and nauesea.
Which basically means he smokes it twice as much as anybody on this list.
Legally or not, a pothead's a pothead, right?
Brad Miller has tested positive for marijuana on three separate occasions.
According to him, he uses it to relieve stress.
I'm glad to hear that's why he uses it though, that changes everything.
Apparently when Freddy Garcia got busted for marijuana possession prior to the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Geovany Soto didn't get the memo.
He was busted before the 2009 World Baseball Classic, at least that gives us an explanation for why his numbers dropped so drastically that year.
The so called greatest Olympian of all time has become nearly as famous for this photo of him with a bong as he has for his record shattering performance in the Beijing Olympics.
Phelps has publicly come out speaking about his "bad judgment" and saying that this was a one time thing, but we all know that's a load of crap.
Look at the way he rip that bong like a pro, there's no way that's his first time, maybe last, but definitely not first.
Joining the NBA pothead fraternity next is none other than Rasheed Wallace.
He was busted for marijuana possession as a Trail Blazer with fellow teammate Damon Stoudamire.
His spot on the Portland "Jail Blazers" at the early part of this decade and friendship with fellow NBA pothead Damon Stoudamire almost solidify him as a pothead.
Not to mention the fact that he's always been criticized for his lazy play on the court.
Stepnoski was a five-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman during his playing days, but he found a way to make noise off the field as well.
Mark became a major weed advocate after his career ended and became president of the Texas chapter NORML.
If you asked several NFL experts to create the perfect NFL Wide Receiver physically it would come out like Randy Moss.
Moss is arguably the most physically gifted receiver in NFL history, and was one of the most highly touted prospects in the history of sports coming out of high school, so the fact that he attended Marshall University and wasn't chosen until the 21st overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft can only mean one thing:
He had off the field problems.
And you bet he did.
Moss was arrested for misdemeanor battery charges, and while serving his sentence he failed a drug test.
Smoking while in jail isn't the smartest idea, is it?
His legal concerns made him fall all the way to the 21st pick in the NFL Draft.
He did stay clean for a few years, but Moss failed a drug test in 2001.
Then in August 2005, in an interview with Bryant Gumble, Moss admit that he smoked every now and again since being drafted. When Gumble asked if he still smoked, his response was, "maybe."
Those of you who thought cocaine was Ron Washington's only drug are wrong.
After failing a drug test for coke didn't get Washington fired he figured he might as well spill all his demons.
Ron admitted to being an avid marijuana user.
At least he's honest.
Some people say that Marcus Vick was as talented as his brother Michael.
I'm guessing they were very close as children, considering they were both failures as adults.
Marcus was even stupider than his brother as his NFL career never even got off the ground thanks to his stupidity.
Vick was arrested for marijuana possession in 2004 and although that was the only time he was actually caught with it, I'm going to say it's a safe bet to say he's been on the pipe his entire life.
"I smoke marijuana. Yep!"
That's a direct quote from Stephon Marbury.
I'm going to take a wild guess and say he ain't bluffin'.
Here's your first hint with Stoudamire- he played for the Portland Trail Blazers, In the "Jail Blazers" era.
Here's your second hint- he tested positive for marijuana three times... in one season.
Young has always had his troubles off the field, and weed has always been a part of that.
His most recent run-in came at a Illinois airport.
Young, however, did come clean on having the pot, but his reasoning was rather ridiculous.
He said that doctors suggested he smoke weed because of the stress he had been dealing with and the fact he just got out of rehab.
What's next, four out of five dentists giving weed a thumbs up?
Nate Newton was a six-time Pro Bowler and one of the key cogs in the '90s Cowboys dynasty.
However, he engaged in some interesting activity after his career ended.
On November 4th, 2001 police found 213 pounds, that's right 213 pounds, of marijuana in Newton's van.
Deciding to travel a little bit lighter this time, Newton was caught with 175 pounds of marijuana just five weeks later.
That's 388 pounds of weed in five weeks, or 70 more pounds than Newton himself.
Todd Marinovich was supposed to be the perfect quarterback.
Since the second he was born, his father began training him to become the greatest quarterback of all-time.
This excerpt from a Sports Illustrated article on Marinovich really tells you all you need to know about his training.
"He has never eaten a Big Mac or an Oreo or a Ding Dong. When he went to birthday parties as a kid, he would take his own cake and ice cream to avoid sugar and refined white flour. He would eat homemade catsup, prepared with honey. He did consume beef but not the kind injected with hormones. He ate only unprocessed dairy products. He teethed on frozen kidney. When Todd was one month old, Marv was already working on his son's physical conditioning. He stretched his hamstrings. Pushups were next. Marv invented a game in which Todd would try to lift a medicine ball onto a kitchen counter. Marv also put him on a balance beam. Both activities grew easier when Todd learned to walk. There was a football in Todd's crib from day one. "Not a real NFL ball," says Marv. "That would be sick; it was a stuffed ball."
Sounds like Todd was set up to have a pretty good career, wasn't he?
Well he was, until he spoiled it. He let his whole childhood go to waste all because he couldn't stay off thee pipe.
Marinovich didn't have the willpower to stop smoking in high school, he didn't have it in college, and he certainly didn't have it in the NFL.
His career never even got off the ground because of his obsession with marijuana.
After his brief NFL career came to a close he was arrested on several drug charges.
Josh Howard is a pothead, but he's a special type of pothead.
He's the type of pothead that goes out bragging about how he's a pothead.
When asked about his reasoning on smoking pot so often, here's what he had to say, "What can I say? If you can do it and it's not affecting your everyday life, why stop? If I'm able to do it, but not while I play basketball, it lets you know I can quit whenever."
At least his reasoning is good, right?
Basketball had Michael Jordan. Rapping had Tupac. Trash talking had Muhammad Ali. Being awesome had Chuck Norris. Being overweight had Mo Vaughn.
And being a pothead has Ricky Williams.
He has set the standard for potheads, in which anybody who touches a blunt will be measured against for the rest of eternity.
He chose two years of smoking pot over what could have been two of the greatest years for a running back in NFL History.
If that's not a HUGE pothead than Alex Rodriguez took steroids. Wait a second...