Toronto Argonauts

 

 

 

 

 Ricky Williams - Running Back -2006- Texas

 

Who is the most highly regarded talent athletically and physically to ever play in the Canadian Football League? Johnny RodgersRocket Ismail - try Ricky Williams.

 

Williams and the Argonauts took advantage of a loop hole that has since been closed to join the Toronto Argonauts in 2006 for 1 season and $250,000. Having been suspended by the Miami Dolphins for repeated violations of the league’s drug policy the mercurial talent arrived in Toronto amidst much fanfare in the summer of 2006. The 2000 Heisman trophy winner supplanted John Avery as the clubs starting running back which disrupted what had been a 1st place team in 2005.

 

A broken bone in his left arm and a cut on his Achilles tendon shortened his season and limited his effectiveness. The Toronto offence was also not suited to Williams talents and struggled as a unit.  He rushed for 526 yards and just 2 touchdowns over the year. Toronto did not experience any notable bump in attendance and finished the season with a 10-8 record. After a thrilling victory over Winnipeg in the Eastern Semi-Final the Argonauts fell to the Montreal Alouettes in the East Final in Montreal and the Ricky Williams experiment would come to a close.

 

The League introduced a rule after the season prohibiting a Canadian Football League team signing a player who is suspended by the National Football League.

 

Williams had great things to say about his time in Toronto and playing for the Argonauts. Upon his return to the Miami Dolphins the San Diego native has shown that he still has the ability to be a dominant running back.

 

While he assuredly did not live up to the promise and hype upon his arrival – there can be no denying the talent of Ricky Williams as a football player.

 

 

-- statistics --

 

 

Ricky Williams   Texas  
  Rushing      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
2006 Tor 109 526 4.8 35 2
Total 1 109 526 4.8 35 2

 

    Receiving    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
2006 Tor 19 127 6.7 18 0
Total 1 19 127 6.7 18 0

 

-- NFL --

 

 

  Rushing      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1999 NO 253 884 3.5 25 2
2000 NO 248 1,000 4.0 26 8
2001 NO 313 1,245 4.0 46 6
2002 Mia 383 1,853 4.8 63 16
2003 Mia 392 1,372 3.5 45 9
2005 Mia 168 743 4.4 35 6
2007 Mia 6 15 2.5 6 0
2008 Mia 160 659 4.1 51 4
2009 Mia 241 1,121 4.7 68 11
2010 Mia 159 673 4.2 45 2
2011 Bal 108 444 4.1 28 2
Total 11 2178 9,125 4.2 68 64

 

  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1999 NO 28 172 6.1 29 0
2000 NO 44 409 9.3 24 1
2001 NO 60 511 8.5 42 1
2002 Mia 47 363 7.7 52 1
2003 Mia 50 351 7.0 59 1
2005 Mia 17 93 5.5 19 0
2007 Mia 0 0 0.0 0 0
2008 Mia 29 219 7.6 47 1
2009 Mia 35 264 7.5 59 2
2010 Mia 19 141 7.4 28 1
2011 Bal 13 83 6.4 18 0
Total 11 314 2,434 7.8 59 8

 

 

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