Just My Type

March 16, 2008

The Interview
Ricky Williams
DOLPHINS RB

Williams, 30, was reinstated by the NFL last November after an 18-month drug suspension.

Dan Patrick: When is the last time you talked to Bill Parcells?

Ricky Williams: In the training room, last week.

DP: Do you know where you stand in Miami's plans?

RW: It's interesting. In a team meeting he was going through what he is looking for, and he says, "I don't want any punks. I don't want any troublemakers." And I am sitting there thinking, "Oops, so I guess I am not going to be here." A couple hours later I come into his office, and he told me that he wanted me and he really believed in me.

DP: What situation gets you feeling, "This is when I normally used to get high"?

RW: Usually it's a matter of curiosity. I like to explore hidden depths in things, whether it's a conversation or a book. That's where I feel tempted to smoke, because it helps me go deeper into things.

DP: So if you were reading The Hobbit....

RW: No, it's usually more philosophy or scripture. I don't usually mess with fiction.

DP: But you would get high reading the Bible?

RW: Yes. Yes.

DP: Is there a part of you that thinks too much?

RW: Definitely, yeah. Whatever our strengths are, we usually lean on them too much.

DP: Do you ever wonder what it would have been like if you were a baseball player?

RW: I think I would have been miserable. Because you have to play every day for 162 days. I wouldn't have had a lot of time to travel and to do the things that I enjoy doing in my off time.

DP: What travel destinations do you want to get to?

RW: Certain places on the earth that are supposed to be very strong energetically, like Machu Picchu, the Pyramids in Egypt. I definitely want to go visit Africa.

DP: Maybe you'll visit the end zone again.

RW: That would be nice.

THE FINE PRINT: I don't know if you've noticed this during NASCAR telecasts, but they have no restrictor plate on clichés.

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