Ricky Williams Got High And Wanted To Change His Name To Rio Don
Late last week, Sports Illustrated came out with a phenomenal profile on Ricky Williams. The former Dolphins running back retired in 2011 to pursue his true passion: marijuana. Williams is perhaps one of the most famous potheads in America, right up there with Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson. In fact, Williams was suspended from the NFL after failing a drug test for weed and later retired in order to be able to smoke whenever he wanted.
However the marijuana industry is changing and Williams is now a large part of it. As you can see in the video below, Williams wants to become rich through the marijuana trade and is working extremely hard at turning his passion for marijuana into a full fledged business. The Sports Illustrated article accompanying the video also goes into great detail on Williams trying to make up the money he lost in football, through marijuana. The SI story also provides a great anecdote on the kinds of decisions high Ricky Williams could make.
During Williams' brief retirement, he wound up stuck at a Thailand airport on his way to the Himalayas. It is there where Williams checked out a Raiders/Buccaneers game on TV and came up with his grand plan.
Via SI...Right there he decided he would come back. He needed the money anyway. He called (his wife) Kristin and said, "I'm coming home."
Williams planned on returning to the NFL, with the Raiders, but not as "Ricky Williams". No the reputation for Williams was too low at the time, so he was going to return with a new name and a new number. Rio Don, number 21, was going to join the Raiders. Williams even signed a bunch of footballs saying "RIO DON, #21".
Yeah that idea didn't last and Williams eventually returned to the Dolphins in his customary #34 jersey, with Williams on the back. But we sure would like to have one of those classic antique Rio Don footballs right now!
And here is the SI video feature on Williams.
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