Former NFL running back Ricky Williams is co-founding a marijuana-friendly gym in San Francisco, reports Complex.
Williams will run Power Plant Fitness with Jim McAlpine, who runs the 420 Games, an athletic event started to raise awareness about the positive effects of cannabis for people with active lifestyles.
“Having Ricky Williams as a partner is f------ awesome because he exemplifies a successful and very athletic person who also uses cannabis,” McAlpine told Complex. “Ricky is as smart as he is a talented athlete. And that is a big statement.”
Williams abruptly retired from in the NFL in 2004 after five seasons with the Saints and Dolphins. His retirement came after he failed a third drug test due to marijuana use. Williams attempted to return in 2006, but was suspended for the year due to a fourth failed marijuana test.
The running back was finally reinstated to the NFL in 2007, and played through 2011. Williams has been outspoken about the benefits of marijuana use during his playing days.
In his career, Williams ran for 10,009 yards, averaging 4.1 yards per carry and scoring 66 rushing touchdowns. Williams holds the Dolphins franchise records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in a season.