It's easy to forget that the Miami Dolphins will once again have Ricky Williams in the backfield in 2008, but he's received Bill Parcells' support (amazing) and is rehabbed and ready to go for next season. In an interview with the Austin American Statesman, we find out that Williams, at 31, is much more focused, in great playing shape, and ready to do what he can to salvage a football "legacy" that has been marred by weed smoking and existential wackiness.
But, thankfully, we also find out that the hippie haze of one too many pulls off the hookah still lingers.
Take, for example, Williams' thoughts about declining an invitation to attend Cedric Benson's notorious boat party from two weeks ago:
I think if I had come down, things might have worked out a little bit differently.I find I have a calming influence on people when I'm around.
Yes, it's pretty clear that if Williams had attended the boat party, the atmosphere would've been much, much different. Instead of a bumpin', drink guzzlin' boat jam, it would've been more like a floating yoga party, with jugs of pomegranate juice being passed around and sporadic yelping sessions in an attempt to communicate with sperm whales. The cops wouldn't be anywhere near that party.
Ricky Williams Ready For Football — Finally [Austin American-Statesman]
Ricky Williams Wishes He Had Been On Benson's Boat [AOL Fanhouse]