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On Ricky Williams and the Hall of Fame

Ravens teammate Ray Rice called Ricky Williams a Hall of Famer on Tuesday. Florio, in the video below, disagrees.

Williams is one of the most memorable players of his era — even his retirement message via his website was unique — but that doesn’t mean he’ll make it to the Hall of Fame.

It’s not easy for running backs to make Canton. Jerome Bettis isn’t in yet. When Shaun Alexander comes up next year, we doubt he’ll get close to induction.

Ricky Williams deserves a lot of credit for what he accomplished in his career and ultimately how he accomplished it. That doesn’t make him Canton-worthy, but somehow we doubt Williams really minds.

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40 Responses to “On Ricky Williams and the Hall of Fame”
  1. blacknole08 says: Feb 8, 2012 5:34 PM

    Ricky Williams first retirement cost him a trip to the hall of fame. When ur teammates label you as a “quitter,” you can’t be considered Hall of Fame worthy.

  2. iamnotoleanderson says: Feb 8, 2012 5:34 PM

    Yep…Ricky Williams is one of the thousands of good, productive NFL players that won’t make the Hall.

  3. waldoampere says: Feb 8, 2012 5:51 PM

    “Ravens teammate Ray Rice called Ricky Williams a Hall of Famer”

    I thought someone from Rutgers would be smarter than that.

  4. iamnotoleanderson says: Feb 8, 2012 5:51 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Ricky Williams first retirement cost him a trip to the hall of fame. When ur teammates label you as a “quitter,” you can’t be considered Hall of Fame worthy.

    Baloney. Williams wasn’t playing at a HOF level before retiring.

    The Hall of Fame is based on accomplishments, not childish name calling.

  5. annes22 says: Feb 8, 2012 5:52 PM

    Ricky should make it into the Dolphins wall of fame.
    Everyone makes mistakes, and he certainly did that.
    When he returned it was a pleasure to see him again, and we as Dolphin fans forgave him.
    He’s a very nice guy, and I wish him all the best in what ever he does in his life. He’s a very intelligent guy, and I am sure will make a success of whatever he does.

  6. bozosforall says: Feb 8, 2012 5:57 PM

    He coulda been a contenda…for the HOF.

    But sadly, he wasted his shot at the title…of NFL HOFer.

  7. rushbacker says: Feb 8, 2012 6:02 PM

    That’s just a bit of hyperbole on Ray’s part. Nothing to see here.

  8. fittytuckin says: Feb 8, 2012 6:08 PM

    I’ve prepared an essay to answer if he should be in the hall, here it goes:

    No.

    The End.

  9. lemmam says: Feb 8, 2012 6:17 PM

    ricky to the Pro Football HOF? Not no, but hell no

  10. knowerofallthings says: Feb 8, 2012 6:24 PM

    I assure you, he couldn’t care less.

  11. chc4 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:30 PM

    This has got to be a joke.

  12. tonystrong says: Feb 8, 2012 6:49 PM

    Ricky Williams is not a Hall of Famer. Had he not been suspended so many times and missed seasons throughout his career he might have been but he did, so he’s not. With that said, the numbers he put up, despite all his indiscretions, are great and to get to the 10,000 yard mark was a huge accomplishment! I’m a Dolphins fan and I tell you I never waivered on the guy. I always knew the Dolphins were better with him then they were without him. He was legitimately better then Ronnie Brown during their time together in Miami but because Ronnie was taken with the 2nd pick and guaranteed 20 mill, he got the nod when he didn’t deserve it!!

    Now onto the Hall of Fame itself all I can say is….the NFL Hall of Fame process is a joke. So many guys who deserve to be in have to sing for their supper because elitest pigs like Peter King think they should be the end all, be all of the NFL Hall of Fame. Look at the names who are waiting to get into the Hall of Fame….it’s a joke. Guys who are at the top of the list of some of the most prestigious records the sport has ever seen aren’t in the Hall of Fame. Are you kidding me?? NFL needs to change this process. I mean I’m not saying everyone should be in but when guys like Bill Parcells, Chris Carter, Tim Brown, Jerome Bettis, and Andre Reed aren’t in, something is wrong with the process. These guys led their franchises to years of success and when you see franchises who go through years of losing, you realize just how important these men were to their cities and franchises. The system needs to change!

  13. patsfiend says: Feb 8, 2012 6:49 PM

    “High Times Hall of Fame” maybe, “Pro Football Hall of Fame” no way.

  14. blacknole08 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:57 PM

    iamnotoleanderson says: Feb 8, 2012 5:51 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Ricky Williams first retirement cost him a trip to the hall of fame. When ur teammates label you as a “quitter,” you can’t be considered Hall of Fame worthy.

    Baloney. Williams wasn’t playing at a HOF level before retiring.

    The Hall of Fame is based on accomplishments, not childish name calling.

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    LOL childish namecalling? He did quit. Plus he almost ran for 2000 yards in 2002 and when he first retired, he had a streak of 4 straight 1,000 yard seasons. Imagine what his numbers would look like if he had kept going.

  15. kayakattack says: Feb 8, 2012 7:13 PM

    Either way, Eagles fans were right all along… Should have never picked McNabb over this guy

  16. kayakattack says: Feb 8, 2012 7:17 PM

    The knock on him is that he is one of the few pro athletes that was not in love with his craft… It’s a rare happening, but Ricky was never in completely in love with football, he was just really good at it… to him it was just a job that he was good at. I’m sure there were times, but he never had the drive or obsession like most successful players do.. and he still had success …

    I think if Fred Taylor get in than he has a shot, but if Taylor doesn’t then no way

  17. johntonioholmes says: Feb 8, 2012 7:17 PM

    Ummm, no. Could have been if he had played through his entire career. The guy was an absolute monster in Miami.

  18. dietrich43 says: Feb 8, 2012 7:37 PM

    I don’t think he should be. But, I never understood why they took so long to put Art Monk in the Hall. And I don’t understand why Cris Carter isn’t in yet. So, on that basis, it wouldn’t shock me if the HoF voters inducted Ricky in his first year of eligibility.

  19. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Feb 8, 2012 7:42 PM

    I don’t think so.

    Tiki Barber has more career yards and overall better stats but no one is going to let that bitch in the HOF.

    And Tiki is … “__________”.

  20. db105 says: Feb 8, 2012 7:50 PM

    If Howie Long is in the HOF then RW should be.

  21. jc327 says: Feb 8, 2012 8:00 PM

    Love Ricky, he’s one of my favorite Dolphins players of all time and he always will be a Dolphin to me. But I can’t see him being in the Hall. I just can’t.

  22. trubroncfan07 says: Feb 8, 2012 8:32 PM

    Hey I don’t think he should make it either, but after Curtis Martin got in this year, anything is possible.

  23. siaaa says: Feb 8, 2012 8:45 PM

    We ‘re going to see less and less backs go into the Hall in th future.
    LT is probably the only one that will make it from the past decade.

  24. 6250claimer says: Feb 8, 2012 8:46 PM

    Just because he was a legendary blazer, does ‘t mean he’ll get to wear a gold one at Canotn.

  25. randomguy9999 says: Feb 8, 2012 8:53 PM

    Ricky was definitely playing at a HOF level before the 2004 decision. no question.

    Afterward he was always a 1st string guy playing backup to Ronnie and Ray…. and he went 10k + yards….. pretty freakin amazing….

    today he’s still got it, but he’s choosing to leave on his own terms…. certainly a guy that has chosen to live a rich life …. good run Ricky!

  26. dolfan34 says: Feb 8, 2012 9:32 PM

    LOVE Ricky Williams but there’s not a CHANCE that Ricky is a Hall of Famer….

  27. rcali says: Feb 8, 2012 9:53 PM

    No. Next Question!

  28. yevrag3535 says: Feb 8, 2012 9:55 PM

    Drugie anyone. Dirt bag……..

  29. gcsuk says: Feb 8, 2012 10:03 PM

    Sorry, but there should be less debate over Eli Manning than over Ricky. At this point, neither is worthy, but I think Eli has a BIT more in the tank.

  30. skinsrollyou says: Feb 8, 2012 10:11 PM

    Ricky been gettin high since he retired. He already forgot about the HOF

  31. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 8, 2012 10:35 PM

    Ricky don’t belong, nor does the bus, nor does Curtis Martin, really. Did he change the game, or how it’s played? Could he take over a game, lifting the team on his shoulders and carrying them to victory?Were his stats huge for his era, unmatched? No,no, and no. Sorry…great careers, wonderful guys, but not the Greatest of All Time….

  32. Deb says: Feb 8, 2012 10:47 PM

    Ricky Williams is one of the game’s more fascinating characters, and his has been an interesting journey. I’m not a stats hound but do believe the Hall should be about your impact and influence on the game during your era. Much as I like him, I just don’t believe Ricky has had a HoF career–and would be surprised if he’d argue.

  33. foosballisthedevil says: Feb 8, 2012 11:04 PM

    The only thing HOF note-worthy of Ricky’s career was the trade Ditka made to get him in New Orleans

  34. cballlv11 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:07 PM

    I loved watching Ricky run… He will be missed. Great player and a good man. If you haven’t seen the 30 in 30 special on him, check it out. Run Ricky Run!

  35. childressrulz says: Feb 8, 2012 11:09 PM

    Ricky Williams in the HOF no way. Additionally Bettis doesn’t deserve to be in either!!

  36. cornersss says: Feb 9, 2012 12:40 AM

    Wonder if people realize he got 10,000 yards and was only the starter 5 years out of 12 seasons.

    He also has the record for most seasons inbetween 1000 yard seasons, and hes one of the few backs to hit 1000 yards after the age of 31

  37. punkyqb says: Feb 9, 2012 7:25 AM

    The only reason he came out of retirement was he ran out of money to get high on. Weren’t the Dolphins going after him for some up front money they had paid him?

  38. vikingdoode says: Feb 9, 2012 7:36 AM

    Nope

  39. pftcensorssuck says: Feb 9, 2012 7:50 AM

    cornersss says:
    Feb 9, 2012 12:40 AM
    Wonder if people realize he got 10,000 yards and was only the starter 5 years out of 12 seasons.

    ——————————————————–
    Yeah ….. because nothing says “Hall of Famer” like not being a starter for over half your career, right?

  40. musicman495 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:01 AM

    Let me be “blunt,” no. College Hall of Fame maybe, but not NFL. Bo Jackson or Terrell Davis were vastly more dominant in a fraction of the games, and have no hope of making it.

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