Dolphins RB 'not sure' about future
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Ricky Williams is at ease enough with himself to approve a tell-all documentary on his life.
The Miami Dolphins running back was at Monday night's premiere screening of "Run Ricky Run: Hard to Tackle, Harder to put a Finger On," at The Colony Theater on South Beach. He said he can envision life after football becoming closer to reality, and was uncertain if he'll play beyond this season.
"I'm not sure," Williams said. "There's a very good chance it could be, but I'm not sure. My body is probably the single biggest factor in the decision. Football is a game, especially the way I play, where if you can't be 100 percent, you can't do it."
But after the screening, which drew a standing ovation from the crowd, Williams seemed to be swayed a little by the emotional sentiment he felt from the audience. He stood on stage and fielded a handful of questions, including one that put him on the spot when asked if he could see himself playing three more years.
"I want to play as long as it's fun still," Williams said. "I know I said this'll be my last year, but I'm having second thoughts. With Ronnie [Brown] in the backfield and Coach [Tony] Sparano and the team doing well like they are now, it's still fun."
In addition to a number of Williams' teammates, including newly acquired wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Sparano and general manager Jeff Ireland were among those in attendance along with their wives. Williams acknowledged there will be a few surprises in the film, the latest in ESPN's "30 for 30" series, for his teammates and he expects to take some ribbing Tuesday in the weight room.
Brown and Williams have become very close friends since Brown joined the Dolphins in 2005 as first-round draft pick, so there wasn't much in the documentary that he didn't already know. He thinks the general public will view his teammate in a different light from now on after the show airs Tuesday night on ESPN.
"It was good and I think it will enlighten people and let them know a little bit more about Ricky besides what they've seen in the media and all of the negative stuff that was out there," Brown said. "It kind of gives you some insight into why he did some of the stuff he did."
Williams said he isn't approaching this season any different, knowing it could be his last, even though he is only 900 yards shy of surpassing Hall of Famer Larry Csonka as the Dolphins' all-time leading rusher.
"I'm looking forward to this season," Williams said. "I think we did a good job in the draft. We got some defensive players and we've got Ronnie [Brown] coming back, we got a receiver and both Chads [Henne and Pennington]. I'm looking forward to this season. It's going to be fun."
Williams hopes to raise between $10,000 and $20,000 from the premiere, with proceeds going to benefit the Ricky Williams Foundation. He got his first look at the film Sunday night in New York City.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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