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Ricky Williams- Texas- RB
Ricky Williams, running back from the University of Texas, was the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner.
A talent of legendary status, often compared to the all-time greats such as Earl Campbell and Jim Brown while at Texas, Ricky Williams holds or shares over 20 NCAA rushing records, and became the all-time Division I-A career rushing leader with 6,279 yards in 1998, a record broken a year later by the 1999 Heisman winner, Wisconsin running back, Ron Dayne.
Williams by almost all accounts was to be the next great running back, having the potential to be one of the greatest of all time. These expectations weighed on him from day one, and a frustrating and often confusing professional career followed.
His pro career included two protracted stints with the Miami Dolphins, a brief stay with the New Orleans Saints and hall-of-fame coach Mike Ditka, and a short jaunt to Canada to play with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. During all this, Williams walked away from football for a short retirement to pursue his interests in philosophy and alternative medicine. This strange decision, combined with lifelong battles with marijuana and social anxiety disorder hampered what could have been an illustrious career for the back.
Currently, Williams shares backfield duties with former Auburn University star Ronnie Brown and still had enough gas left in the tank to run for over 1,000 yards in the 2009 season.