Former Texas Longhorns RB Ricky Williams on His Way to Texas Sports Hall of Fame

By Spenser Walters
Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Ricky Williams, the former star running back for the Texas Longhorns, is amongst the athletes that will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 18, 2013 in Waco, Texas.

Williams played 11 years in the NFL where he spent time with three different teams and accounted for 10,009 yards on the ground and 66 rushing TDs. However, most NFL fans remember Williams as the New Orleans Saints RB who due to social phobias never took his helmet, complete with dark visor, off for interviews. Though perhaps more recall the Miami Dolphins player who, after repeatedly testing positive for marijuana, left the league for a year to find himself. His professional career was dotted with odd decisions but was fairly successful, yet Longhorn fans recall a different Ricky Williams.

Texas fans remember watching him rip up the gridiron for four years on his way to setting the all-time NCAA rushing record with 6279 yards. I vividly recall watching him twist through a wall of would-be tacklers on the touchdown run that secured the record for him. I remember eating breakfast at Whataburger with my dad on the morning after Williams won the Heisman Trophy, and listening to two cranky old Texas A&M Aggies fans talk about how apparently racking up 2327 yards, 29 TDs and averaging six yards per carry in his senior year wasn’t deserving of the Heisman. They didn’t like his dreadlocks. In Longhorn country, Ricky Williams is a legend, and with this induction he is getting the recognition he fully deserves as a jaw dropping athlete during his time at Texas.

Joining Williams in the 2013 Texas Sports HOF class, amongst others, will be fellow Longhorn and softball star Cat Osterman as well as current Saints QB Drew Brees and some guy who played his high school basketball in San Antonio named Shaquille O’Neil.

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