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  • What might prompt Ricky Williams to return to the NFL?

    What would it take?
    All teams agree to play on "grass" fields.
    Monk in Tibet tells him that the path to enlightenment lies between the tackles.
    Voice in his head changes its mind.
    Mike Ditka returns to coaching and lets him be the groom.
    League expands to Amsterdam.
    You are a mean one, AvengerRam.

  • #2
    Re: What might prompt Ricky Williams to return to the NFL?

    I really want to say both the "grass" fields and expansion into Amsterdm, but I am afraid that if the NFL did expand their chest into Amsterdam. Ricky couldn't play by European rules ... so those tea shops wouldn't do him much good.

    So I'll go with "A" and toss in my resume for groundskeeper if the league makes somes accommodations for Ricky and goes to pot ...


    • #3
      Re: What might prompt Ricky Williams to return to the NFL?

      I honestly don't think Ricky wants to play anymore. From what I've heard here in Austin, he almost quit after his rookie year in New Orleans.

      Remarkably to us, but it dosen't shock coming from RW, he's never had the fire in his belly for the NFL. His only goal in football was to win the Heisman.


      • #4
        Re: What might prompt Ricky Williams to return to the NFL?

        nice poll Avenger lol

        Who knows what's going on under those dreads, er....bald head. I put league goes to Amsterdam


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          The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner needed to let the league know by Thursday so he could be moved from the retired list to the suspended list by the deadline. He would have served the suspension for the Miami Dolphins' final four games, starting Dec. 12 at Denver.

          "David Cornwell informed our office that Ricky Williams has declined to accept the terms of his reinstatement," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

          Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene wouldn't comment, saying the matter is between Williams and the NFL.

          Williams, 27, stunned his team by retiring shortly before Miami opened training camp in July. The Dolphins filed a lawsuit in federal court against the running back, seeking the $8.6 million an arbitrator ruled he owes the team for breaching his contract. Williams is fighting the decision.

          He is now enrolled in a 17-month course at the California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley, Calif., studying holistic medicine.

          The talks to allow Williams back into the league involved a promise to return to the field next season and to re-enter the NFL drug program immediately, including being tested on a regular basis.

          "The NFL sought assurances that Ricky is indeed committed to playing," Cornwell said.

          Williams gave up the $5 million he would have earned this season, which would have been his sixth in the NFL, amid reports he faced suspension for substance abuse.

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          "I just don't want to be in this business anymore," Williams told the paper. "I was never strong enough to not play football, but I'm strong enough now. I've considered everything about this. Everyone has thrown every possible scenario at me about why I shouldn't do this, but they're in denial. I'm happy with my decision.

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