Running Along

Before he gets cut in a few weeks, Jalen Parmele should make a deal with Ricky Williams.

The running back who wears number 34 for the Baltimore Ravens should get something out of this abbreviated training camp.

Williams, whose age matches his probable jersey number, adds another chapter to his incredibly bizarre football Odyssey if he passes his physical on Tuesday morning. I don’t think a failed physical would shock anyone who has followed the career of Williams. It’s never a done deal until he crosses the goal line.

Williams won the 1998 Heisman award at the University of Texas, breaking or tying 20 records in Division 1 football. Williams rushed for nearly 6,300 career yards in Austin – a record that stood for only one season. Ricky then showed how much hype is worth in the National Football League. The New Orleans Saints traded all of its draft picks in 1999 (plus a pair of picks in 2000) to acquire the running back. Ricky finished with more fumbles than touchdowns as a Saint. The gamble did not pay off.

Williams then moved to Miami where he exploded for a career year on the field in 2002 and tested positive for marijuana in 2003. Ricky quit football, landed in the CFL of all places and still made it back to Miami to play for the Dolphins.

They usually don’t make documentaries about you while you are still playing. Ricky Williams is one of the exceptions.

Williams will backup Ray Rice in Baltimore. He started a grand total of zero games last season with three touchdowns and four fumbles. It’s certainly the final chapter for one of the more unusual characters in the game.

After 11 official seasons in the NFL, Williams gets his final shot to hold the Lombardi trophy.

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