Let's be honest here, Ricky Williams likes him some pot. Like many people enjoy chocolate or caffeine or heroine in the morning, Ricky likes to smoke a little and relax. That's his thing, and it hasn't worked out so well for him in the past.
That is why you have to be a little surprised (and impressed) when you hear that even though he felt the urge to sit back with a baggy and a bong, he didn't during the Dolphins bye week.
"Thursday, coach told us we had Friday off, so automatically your mind, which is so constrained since training camp began -- every day is a grind, it's a grind, it's a grind -- and then Coach says `you're free.' And the mind says, `I'm free, what can I do?'
``So there was definitely an urge. But I just thought about what I have to lose and it was easy. The urge didn't last very long.''
Hey, good for Williams. Obviously his addiction is pretty serious and he hasn't been able to break it in years past, leading him to quit football and get himself in some financial troubles with the Dolphins. Seriously, you have to be pretty high to consider it a good idea to "retire" from the NFL and move on to the Canadian Football League.
Also, as much as this is will power, the guy is getting tested nine times per month, randomly, so it isn't like he can puff-puff-pass a test if he does hit the hay. Ricky is averaging a respectable 4.1 yards per carry (almost 4.20 yards, ironic!) and although he's splitting time with Ronnie Brown, is still a factor in the Dolphins offense and hopefully can someday be the runner he was in Austin, Texas.
Williams has always seemed a little "to himself" and now finds meditation as fulfilling as marijuana.
"I realize that I really enjoy meditating and when I can go home and sit in my room and meditate, I can get the same feeling," Williams said.
So, what about all the South Beach drug dealers losing a little business by this change of heart? No worries, Ricky said, pretty honestly, that he will never say never when it comes to smoking.
"I'd be lying if I said I'm never going to do it again after I'm done. I don't know. I don't spend much time thinking about it.''
Well, honestly, nice job on breaking the habit Ricky. It's more than a lot of us can say about our vices.