If you want to surf, move to Hawaii. If you like to shop, move to New York. If you like acting and Hollywood, move to California. But if you like college football, move to Texas.— Ricky Williams
The most sensual Ricky Williams quotes that are glad to read
Maybe I'm stupid or whatever, but to me if I got a concussion, if I could see straight and I could carry a football then I'm not telling anybody.
There is no need to smear my name or to defame my character for the sake of news.
I started practicing yoga. I started learning some hands-on healing stuff. And I found really good chiropractors, really good massage therapists, and what I found is I've been able to actually peel off layers of trauma on my body and actually move better now than I did.
I allowed myself to think if I could be doing anything in the world, what would I be doing? And what came to mind is I'd be traveling a little bit, I'd be going to classes and I'd be going back to school.
My helmet is off; I'm not afraid anymore.
There's more to life than success, and if you can try to be more well-rounded, you'll be able to enjoy your success more. It won't own you or control you.
To talk about balance, it's easier to talk about what's out of balance.
And I think anytime that you have any disease, and disease meaning lack of ease, lack of flow... dis-ease. So any time there's disease, you're out of balance, whether it's jealousy, anger, greed, anxiety, fear.
Growing up with two sisters, you either play by yourself or play Barbie with them. I played by myself.
One thing I've learned about life is that if you really let go, it's just a joy ride.
I think Ricky Williams had his time in the limelight.
And I think it was good for what it was worth, and that was that.
I'm closer to being happy. I'm doing things that make me happy. In football I loved to practice and I loved to play, but I hated to be in meetings, hated to talk to the media, hated to have cameras in my face, hated to sign autographs. I hated to do all those things.
I do feel like a loner but I think it's because I look at things differently than other people.
And I think if you look at any relationship, for the relationship to be productive and to move forward and to grow, sometimes things have to be said that one person or the other person is not going to like to hear.
The money is what made me miserable. I want to be free of that stress.
Everywhere I go, I hear 'Welcome back.
' But everywhere I have been, I have always been with myself. I'm with myself now more than ever. It's funny people say 'Welcome back' when I haven't gone anywhere.
I stepped away to find out more about myself, which I was having difficulty doing as a football player. I got a chance to travel the world. I studied Eastern philosophy, and I've grown as a person so much.
I don't care what people think about me because I know I am more than all the pain and strife they hold inside.
I got high, and forgot I wasn't supposed to get high.
I don't think people change. I think they definitely mature. But I think the essence of what I am today is the same as when I was five years old. It's just maturity. I've become a healthier, fuller expression of that essence.
As human beings we have a tendency when we like something to tie it up and make sure it's there for a long time. I've been working on being able to let things go. I don't think I ever want to buy property again.
I realized a while back that I have an innate ability to be compassionate, and I saw that the strength of compassion is something that healers have and healers use.'
I definitely have come out of my shell a lot more.
When you question who you are, you can't be proud of who you are. Now that I'm trying to peel off those layers and really understand who I am, I don't have anything to be shy about.
If you identify yourself as a great football player, anytime anyone challenges that, you're going to have some kind of problem.
The people that I see on the street, they treat me more as a human being and not just an icon or a football player.
I think if I were a college professor, no one would say I was uncomfortable about being shy because that might be expected. But I think because of people's stereotypes, they think of a football player as someone who is very outgoing and I'm not.
And any time you feed your ego, it's a one-way street.
... There were so many things I had to deal with that erased the positives I got from playing the game that it wasn't worth it. It's like eating a Big Mac and drinking a Diet Coke.
It's something that I had been pushing down my whole life.
The search for meaning, I guess, the whispering of the soul.
Well, I don't think I've necessarily ever been a passionate football player or a passionate person.
I've had a lot of clouds in my life since I got into pro football -- too many -- but now I feel like I can see really clearly for the first time. And I can see the Super Bowl from here.
There's nothing I miss about anything in the whole wide world.
The idea of missing something means you're not living in the moment. Every moment is good for something.
Everywhere I go, people hear Ricky Williams and the next thing they think is marijuana or wasted talent.
Anytime you play a team sport, the success of the team really makes everything better. It's nice.
I am an honest, God-fearing man who is intensely dedicated to being the best person I can be on and off the football field.
I think it's very easy for people to stereotype athletes, good and bad.
When I retired, I felt that I lived more in that year than I had the previous 27 years of my life.
I can look back at it now as definitely like an initiation into adulthood.
Almost overnight in the NFL, I was put on a pedestal and I was supposed to be this icon or this image of what a professional athlete was supposed to be. I felt like I just got stuck trying to be someone else and I forgot who I actually was.
People are hungry because they're eating empty foods. Mine are full, and so am I.
I don't feel like my speed or my power or my desire to play this game has diminished at all.
I feel no need and have no desire to give any attention to other people's opinion of me.
I had a lot of friends in high school and in college, and we had a good time.
I've followed freedom for a long time and I finally feel I've got more of it.
People talk about the money that I've given up and the money that I've lost. But the knowledge and the wisdom that I've gotten from this experience is priceless.
One of the biggest things I've done is learn how to love myself, flaws and all.
Even the things I don't like about myself, I accept. People have made fun of me and made me self-conscious about talking so softly, for example, but I accept that as who I am and I'm not changing it for anybody. I'm at peace with who I am now, and once you've achieved that, all the other stuff disappears.
I think sometimes when it comes to sports, and especially relationships between players and coaches, that people lose track, lose a sense of reality.
I like to live in places that are kind of off in the cuts so people can't really find me even if they wanted to.
One of my biggest problems is that I'm always so influenced by what other people are thinking about me.
In therapy, I see myself in the mirror differently.
Greatness is the willingness to choose in the midst of intensity.
I don't think I'll ever be able to stay in one place for more than a year or two. It's not in my nature.
Sometimes success will get in the way of maturity - at least temporarily.