Last year Ronnie Brown was playing like Marshall Faulk for the first seven games of the season, posting over 600 yards rushing and just about 400 yards receiving. The “Wildcat” game against the Patriots was Brown’s average game last season. He would dominate the opposing team. Any shot the Dolphins had of winning more than one game was on the back of Brown—and they went down the drain when he tore his ACL against New England.
Ricky Williams has had one of the strangest careers of any NFL player in history, starting as a highly thought of prospect after winning the Heisman Trophy his last year at Texas. He was drafted high by New Orleans and lived up to expectations, putting up 1,000 + yard seasons in two of his first three years. He was then traded to the Dolphins, where he reached even greater levels, putting over 1,800 rushing yards in his first year and over 1,300 his second as a Fin.
Then after failing another drug test he retired just prior to the 2004 season. After a year off he returned for 2005, served a four-game suspension, and came back without missing a beat, rushing for over 700 yards in 12 games backing up Brown. Then the roller coaster ride continued and he failed another drug test and was suspended for a year, where he went up to Toronto and played in the Canadian Football League. He had a short return last year, tearing his shoulder after just six carries in his season debut against Pittsburgh last year.
Now, the two of them have returned and are performing at top levels, together combining for just about 1,500 rushing yards in 15 games and over 400 yards receiving. They have also found the end zone 15 times combined. Not too bad when you consider they have split playing time just about evenly.