Ricky still a tough read

Ricky Williams addressed the media on Tuesday, a little over a week after he started playing football again, but it was difficult to tell whether the controversial running back is happy or what his goals are. Actually, it was hard to get any kind of handle on where Ricky's thoughts were. Not that it shouldn't come as a major surprise, though.

In a rather unique press conference, Williams touched on a variety of subjects but gave very few definitive answers.

For example, he was asked about whether he could get back to being the back he was a few years ago.

"I don't expect to get back to where I was a few years ago," Williams said. "As you go through life, the key is to step forward and never to look back or get back to where you were. I am just trying to move forward and not go backwards."

Williams arrived at training camp last week weighing 213 pounds, about 15 pounds less than when he led the NFL in rushing in 2002. He said he wasn't sure whether he could be an effective running back at that weight.

Williams didn't want to look back or look ahead on Tuesday, instead focusing on the present.

The running back said that he was a little banged up, but that was normal for any training camp. He also said he felt a little bit quicker than when he last played for the Dolphins in 2003.

"I think my body has had a chance to rest," Williams said. "I am healthier than what I was before I left. I am about 15 pounds lighter so that makes a difference."

Williams, who is facing a four-game suspension at the start of the regular season, studied holistic medicine and yoga during his one-year hiatus. He did offer that he has been using yoga in training camp.

"I am not going to go into detail about it, but a big part of yoga is called Sadhana, which is a spiritual practice," Williams said. "It basically is a way of spiritualizing what you do and getting into an essence of everything you need to do in life to grow as a person."

Williams said the reception he's received from fans in the street has been positive, although he pointed out he didn't think his detractors would say anything to his face.

As for whether he was having fun playing football again, Williams said, "I am not trying to have fun. That is not my goal right now. When you look at fun, you look at work on the opposite side of the spectrum. When you are working hard, you have to work to get to the fun part."

Williams, who returned to the NFL after walking away a week before the start of training camp last summer, will see action Monday night when the Dolphins face Chicago in the Hall of Fame Game.

Coach Nick Saban said Williams definitely would play, but hasn't determined exactly how much.

Williams was listed fourth on the Dolphins depth chart for the game behind Lamar Gordon, Sammy Morris and Travis Minor. Saban said at the start of camp that Williams would have to work his way up.

For his part, Williams isn't concerned with his standing on the team. Nor is he concerned with expectations.

"When you talk about expectations, it is really just your imagination telling you what you want," Williams said. "If you put your attention to the present moment and work hard today, then tomorrow will be there for you."

Yep, that's what the guy said.

Williams always has been a, hum, unique individual and that was again apparent on Tuesday after he appeared at his press gathering barefoot.

But nobody cared that Williams was peculiar when he was leading the NFL in rushing in 2002 and no one will care if he can get back anywhere near that form.

So no matter what we think of Williams' comments -- and there is room to think a lot of things -- it's really insignificant compared to what he'll do on the field. Assuming, of course, he sticks around.


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