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Will he? Won't he? Should he? Shouldn't he?

His agent, Leigh Steinberg, says yes. His coach, Nick Saban, says maybe. But after you've reached the fifth level of consciousness (or whatever other altered state Ricky Williams is in these days), does it really matter?

Ricky Williams
Ricky's path to enlightenment apparently goes through the NFL.

Still, inquiring minds want to know: Is Ricky coming back to the Miami Dolphins this year?

For the record, Ricky, in an e-mail to SI.com, says, "I honestly don't know."

Well, hold your hippogriffs, Hagrid! What a surprise.

Ricky goes on to tell SI.com that (choose one): A) He's a licensed yoga instructor now; B) He hangs out regularly with his own personal swami; C) He took a year off from football to get a hold on his life; or D) All of the above.

That's right: Take the D-Train.

"I felt like I was renting my life, and I needed to make a down payment and stop wasting my money," he told SI.com.

That certainly clears it up, doesn't it?

Maybe this will help. Page 2 spent the last ... oh, two or three minutes hot on Ricky's trail and discovered a dusty, tattered notebook in a trash receptacle behind Ricky's rented room in Nevada City, Calif. Turns out it contains the journal of his year-long journey toward enlightenment and his path back to the center of his being . . . or even his path back to a spot behind his center (and quarterback).

Read it. Learn it. Live it.

July 30, 2004
Touring with Lenny Kravitz is cool and everything, but there's only so many times you can hear him cover "American Woman" before you go insane.

August 11, 2004
I don't regret my decision to leave football, but sometimes I miss it a little bit. Like how the Miami Dolphins' playbook could be made into 4,325 separate pieces of rolling paper. That stuff doesn't grow on trees, you know ... wait a minute ... whoa!

September 24, 2004
Major buzz kill. I just found out that some judge says I have to pay back $8.6 million to the Dolphins.

October 9, 2004
It's amazing to me that with how much my life has changed in the past few months, so many things I used to be a part of have stayed exactly the same. For example, Texas lost to Oklahoma today.

October 11, 2004
I always thought it strange that people thought I wore my helmet and eye shield during interviews because I was shy, never realizing it was because I wanted to hide my bloodshot eyes.

October 14, 2004
Finally touched down in Delhi. Flew in from Miami Beach BOAC. Man, I had a dreadful flight. Chanted – had to shout it, really – the mantra for a good 40 minutes or so during the worst of the turbulence. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishana. Only thing that got me through was that and the George Harrison mix tape that Sinead gave me. Thanks, dude.

October 15, 2004
Can't wait to get to the underground clubs here and groove the sitar vibe. That Ravi Shankar rocks!

October 17, 2004

The Dolphins are 0-6 now. And they said I was the stupid one to retire. I bet each and every one of them wishes they were retired, too, sitting right here with me not worrying about the NFL's drug-testing laws.

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