Ricky Williams is a great case study in how eastern and western spirituality and psychology helped an American athlete deal with avoidance, narcissism and other people's judgemental negativity to gain balance, individuality, acceptance.
Dude has had to go through his family breaking up and a case where his father was accused of sexually exploiting him. He admits that his pot-headedness borders on being "abuse." (Like most non-revolutionary Bob Marley fans I know, he stubbornly likes to smoke weed and isnt afraid to tell people.) But, through it all(as the documentary portrays), he's figured out a way to get himself up and out and do a lot of good stuff as a football player while being a decent friend to the people he actually cares about. His friends talk about his "honesty" as both an asset and and a detriment.
He's an incredible athlete with a body that any man would be jealous of. He's also got a very passive, nonchalant personality. His thoughtfulness reminds me of Bruce Lee and his heros Jim Brown and Bob Marley. I wonder why people don't give him the same respect and just playfully accept his eccentricies like they did for John Riggins? I've heard some great things from other players like Priest Holmes and Cedric Benson about how hard Williams plays. He's got some great stats. Usually stats can redeem sports stars and I think they finally will when all is said and done. As he's in his 30s now and got this documentary out, I think people will listen to what Ricky's got to say. I like it when free-spirited people eventually redeem themselves and find success in high stress environments.
I got a new respect for the dude and I think I have a few things in common with him.
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Errick Lynne "Ricky" Williams, Jr. (born May 21, 1977 in San Diego, California) is an American football running back for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints fifth overall in the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Texas, where he was a two-time All-American (1997 and 1998) and won the 1998 Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding player in college football.