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By Edward Lee | October 17, 2011
Ricky Williams didn't join the Ravens under the pretense that he would usurp Ray Rice as the team's featured tailback. Instead, Williams said he is comfortable being the change-of-pace back that he presents in a two-man rotation with Rice. “I think that's the way it's been,” Williams said. “My role kind of changes each game. Whatever we need, if Ray gets tired or it's time to close out the game and ray's had a bunch of carries, it's whatever they need me to do to try to step in and do it.” But Williams acknowledged that coming off the bench hasn't been entirely easy.
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By Matt Vensel | February 13, 2014
The football life of former NFL running back Ricky Williams, who played the final season of his career in Baltimore, has been an adventure. The latest stop on his journey is China, where he is part of the coaching staff that is training a group of Chinese university students for an international football tournament in May. The Chinese will be playing their first international tournament in American football -- which they call “olive ball” in...
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By Matt Vensel | May 16, 2012
Former Ravens running back Ricky Williams, who retired from the NFL earlier this offseason, kept a low profile during his one season in Baltimore. But now that Williams has walked away from football -- for forever, he swears -- he has used his celebrity to speak out against the way the NFL is addressing its concussion crisis. Williams, who rushed for 444 yards and two touchdowns last season and eclipsed the 10,000-yard mark for his career, appeared on Tuesday's episode of ESPN's “Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable” to discuss his take on concussions, and the 34-year-old believes there is no link between the sport of football and head trauma.
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By Edward Lee | August 15, 2012
Perhaps the surest sign of the Ravens' trust in Anthony Allen was the coaches' decision to insert the running back to succeed Ray Rice in the second quarter of Thursday night's 31-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. But after gaining just 9 yards on five carries (including one for a 2-yard loss) and letting a pass slip through his hands on third-and-5 from the Falcons' 41-yard line, Allen understands that his grip as the first tailback behind Rice on the team's depth chart could be loosening.
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By Matt Vensel | February 7, 2012
The long, circuitous ride that is Ricky Williams' football career again swerved abruptly Tuesday when the Ravens' enigmatic reserve running back announced that he was retiring from the NFL. Since early last week, Williams, who reached the 10,000-yard career rushing plateau in 2011, his only season in Baltimore, had been mulling the decision to walk away from the NFL (again) to explore other interests and focus on his foundation. The 34-year-old acknowledged he could change his mind.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2011
Each week, we bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player, coach or team executive to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is running back Ricky Williams. How is the season unfolding for you on a personal level? It's good. I guess I judge my personal season on the success of the team and my ability to contribute. I haven't had a bunch of chances to contribute, but I've had a couple runs that we really needed. I've taken practice reps and given Ray [Rice] some rest.
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By Edward Lee | September 22, 2011
As the new running back on the block, Ricky Williams understands his role, which is to complement starter Ray Rice and bring a bruising style to the Ravens' rushing attack. For Williams who joined the team on Aug. 9 after eight seasons with the Miami Dolphins, transitioning to the Ravens has been a gradual process. “The run scheme is different from anything I've ever played in before,” Williams said without delving into specifics. “It's just about getting familiar. A lot of the things that have been built over the last three years that guys like [quarterback]
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By Matt Vensel and Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2011
Ray Rice was the primary beneficiary of Sunday's run-heavy game plan of Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and the head-ringing blocks of fullback Vonta Leach . Rice had a career-high 204 rushing yards in the 24-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, but Ricky Williams quietly had his most productive game as a Raven, rushing for 76 yards and a touchdown. After the Ravens established a new franchise record with 55 rushing attempts, Williams conceded that any back would have been fond of the game plan, though he added he was just happy to win. "I don't get too picky about how we do it," he said.
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Kevin Cowherd | February 8, 2012
I miss Ricky Williams already. You talk about a guy who should leave his brain to medical science when he's gone. This guy's brain would keep researchers busy for 50 years. Williams, the backup Ravens running back who retired Tuesday after 12 seasons, was tough, funny, smart, opinionated and one of the great characters to ever play in the NFL. True to his offbeat nature, Williams didn't trot out the old cliche about retiring just to spend more time with his family. No, every ballplayer from Michael Jordan to Curt Schilling to Barry Bonds has used that one. And most of them end up working so hard at something else that they never see their families anyway.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2012
On the eve of the NFL playoffs, Ricky Williams was standing in front of his locker with a book in his hand when a reporter approached him and started to ask a few questions. The reporter wanted to talk about what an interesting and strange trip his career has been, especially now that it might be drawing to a close, but he didn't want to offend Williams by suggesting he should hang up his cleats any time soon. The reporter was attempting to verbally tap dance around the idea that Williams might be in the "twilight of his career" - while at the same time concerned that phrase might come across as dismissive - when Williams politely interjected.
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By Matt Vensel | May 16, 2012
Former Ravens running back Ricky Williams, who retired from the NFL earlier this offseason, kept a low profile during his one season in Baltimore. But now that Williams has walked away from football -- for forever, he swears -- he has used his celebrity to speak out against the way the NFL is addressing its concussion crisis. Williams, who rushed for 444 yards and two touchdowns last season and eclipsed the 10,000-yard mark for his career, appeared on Tuesday's episode of ESPN's “Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable” to discuss his take on concussions, and the 34-year-old believes there is no link between the sport of football and head trauma.
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Mike Preston | February 13, 2012
Shortly before free agency opens on March 13 , Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome should send linebacker Ray Lewis on another recruiting trip and tell him to welcome back running backLe'Ron McClain. McClain and the Ravens are a marriage waiting to happen again. The Ravens need a backup to starting halfback Ray Rice, and McClain is about to become an unrestricted free agent after spending a season with the Kansas City Chiefs. All we need now is a pastor, a contract and couple of witnesses to make it official.
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Kevin Cowherd | February 8, 2012
I miss Ricky Williams already. You talk about a guy who should leave his brain to medical science when he's gone. This guy's brain would keep researchers busy for 50 years. Williams, the backup Ravens running back who retired Tuesday after 12 seasons, was tough, funny, smart, opinionated and one of the great characters to ever play in the NFL. True to his offbeat nature, Williams didn't trot out the old cliche about retiring just to spend more time with his family. No, every ballplayer from Michael Jordan to Curt Schilling to Barry Bonds has used that one. And most of them end up working so hard at something else that they never see their families anyway.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2012
The long, circuitous ride that is Ricky Williams' football career again swerved abruptly Tuesday when the Ravens' enigmatic reserve running back announced that he was retiring from the NFL. Since early last week, Williams, who reached the 10,000-yard career rushing plateau in 2011, his only season in Baltimore, had been mulling the decision to walk away from the NFL (again) to explore other interests and focus on his foundation. The 34-year-old acknowledged he could change his mind.
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By Matt Vensel | February 7, 2012
The long, circuitous ride that is Ricky Williams' football career again swerved abruptly Tuesday when the Ravens' enigmatic reserve running back announced that he was retiring from the NFL. Since early last week, Williams, who reached the 10,000-yard career rushing plateau in 2011, his only season in Baltimore, had been mulling the decision to walk away from the NFL (again) to explore other interests and focus on his foundation. The 34-year-old acknowledged he could change his mind.
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By Edward Lee | January 21, 2012
Since the New England Patriots moved into Gillette Stadium, no team in the NFL has compiled more wins at home than New England. The Patriots are 67-13 in the regular season there and 8-2 in the postseason. Wintry conditions in the months of December and January and a raucous fan base have helped turn that stadium in Foxborough, Mass., into one of the more imposing venue in which to play. But running back Ricky Williams said the New England mystique is blown out of proportion.
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By Edward Lee | January 21, 2012
Since the New England Patriots moved into Gillette Stadium, no team in the NFL has compiled more wins at home than New England. The Patriots are 67-13 in the regular season there and 8-2 in the postseason. Wintry conditions in the months of December and January and a raucous fan base have helped turn that stadium in Foxborough, Mass., into one of the more imposing venue in which to play. But running back Ricky Williams said the New England mystique is blown out of proportion.
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Mike Preston | February 13, 2012
Shortly before free agency opens on March 13 , Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome should send linebacker Ray Lewis on another recruiting trip and tell him to welcome back running backLe'Ron McClain. McClain and the Ravens are a marriage waiting to happen again. The Ravens need a backup to starting halfback Ray Rice, and McClain is about to become an unrestricted free agent after spending a season with the Kansas City Chiefs. All we need now is a pastor, a contract and couple of witnesses to make it official.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2012
On the eve of the NFL playoffs, Ricky Williams was standing in front of his locker with a book in his hand when a reporter approached him and started to ask a few questions. The reporter wanted to talk about what an interesting and strange trip his career has been, especially now that it might be drawing to a close, but he didn't want to offend Williams by suggesting he should hang up his cleats any time soon. The reporter was attempting to verbally tap dance around the idea that Williams might be in the "twilight of his career" - while at the same time concerned that phrase might come across as dismissive - when Williams politely interjected.
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By Edward Lee | January 4, 2012
With his 10-yard run late in the second quarter of the Ravens' 24-16 eventual win against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday evening, running back Ricky Williams became the 26th player in NFL history to amass 10,000 rushing yards in a career. Williams, who carried the ball six times for 28 yards and has gained 10,009 yards in 11 years, is just one of three active players to have reached this achievement. (The New York Jets' LaDainian Tomlinson and the Kansas City Chiefs' Thomas Jones are the others.)
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