On the eve of a new NFL season, one of the league's perennial bad boys, Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, has announced plans for a new, post-football career. He wants to attend medical school and become an osteopathic physician.
In fairness, Mr. Williams has apparently come a long way from his pot-smoking days, when a fondness for weed almost destroyed his NFL career. Alex Marvez of Fox Sports believes Williams could become the greatest success story of pro football's drug policy--assuming he stays on the straight and narrow.
As for his medical aspirations, let's just say that Ricky has a way to go. Almost a decade after he won the Heisman Trophy at the University of Texas, Williams is roughly half-way to his bachelor's degree. It's not a matter if Williams is smart enough; by most accounts, he's a bright and creative guy. The knock on Ricky is the same one that's haunted him throughout his NFL career--can he stay focused long enough to achieve his goal, and stay away bad habits of the past.
Ricky Williams as an osteopath? Well, it's not as far-fetched as, say, Mike Vick becoming a veterinarian.