26 November 2007

Ricky's back!

Ricky Williams will be starting for the Miami Dolphins tonight in their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.

Oh boy.

Everyone is familiar with Ricky's continuing battle with the NFL drug-use policies; I've never understood why it's so hard for Williams to choose between a lucrative career playing football and smoking dope. "Ricky!" I want to tell him. "Play football for a few years, earn a few tens of millions of dollars, retire, then smoke all the pot you want!"

But Ricky was unable to make that choice until it was too late. After failing multiple drug tests and admitting to frequent marijuana use, Ricky left the league to smoke pot in countries like Nepal.

But Ricky found that a life of getting high and no income was difficult, and soon found himself playing in the Canadian Football league. Ricky loved playing in Canada. "Up here, I can play offense, defense, special teams. I can do everything. I can block, play tight end, running back, receiver — even play the line. The NFL is so structured — 'You do this.' Here I can do so much."

Nevertheless, Ricky applied for reinstatement into the NFL and was allowed back in, I'm assuming under strict and frequent drug-testing standards.

If Williams loved Canadian football so much, why return? My guess is the money. Only a few CFL players make over the NFL minimum salary of $285,000 a year.

It will be interesting to see how Ricky does in his return the NFL. As an added bonus, I'll also be watching Dolphins QB and past BYU great John Beck in his MNF debut.

Go Phins!

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