Ricky Williams might be my favorite athlete of all time. As a Dolphin fan, it did suck that he quit when he did, but I don't believe for one second he owed it to anyone to play another down if that's not what he wanted to do. If Marlon Moore decides to retire a week before training-camp starts because he's lost love for the game, none of you would vilify him; you'd wish him the best and forget he ever existed. That's because Marlon's a marginal player, & it would only be your selfish desire to see your favorite sports team do well that fueled any animosity towards Ricky.
Most of you probably wouldn't consider him a role-model that you'd want your kids looking up to, but personally I really admired his story, & I'll quote a line from Doug Stanhope regarding his status as a role-model;
"But Ricky Williams, that's a guy that who realized, 'I don't need ****, I'd rather enjoy my life', & people didn't get it, people were pissed off. Ricky Williams is a football player, if you don't know. Early in his career, he had hall of fame numbers if he stayed in the game, & they tried to wag a finger at him because he failed a few piss-tests for smoking pot, & he said '**** you, I quit', & people didn't get that that's great! That's a role-model for children in sports! It's like, 'I don't really need ****, I'm not happy. I'm not just doing this because you envy my position'. How much money do you need before you want to enjoy you're life? How much do you need? 'Well **** if he's makin' that much he's gotta be ****in' stupid to give it up'; stop, this comes from the same people who say they'd quit their job in a second if they ever won the lottery. Well this guy won the equivalent of 10 lotteries, 'I'd rather enjoy my life, I'd rather be high' - that's what he said, & that's beautiful!
"Well he let the fans down", **** the fans, can we say that one time? What rights do the fans have for drinking over-priced beer & yelling at the t.v? The fans are douche-bags and they'd turn on you in a second as soon as he blew-out a knee when he's 30 years old; those fans would ****ing boo him".