Zitat des Tages von Ricky Williams:
I don't feel like my speed or my power or my desire to play this game has diminished at all.
Now that I have conquered social anxiety disorder, I find pleasure in fans approaching me.
I definitely have come out of my shell a lot more. When you question who you are, you can't be proud of who you are. Now that I'm trying to peel off those layers and really understand who I am, I don't have anything to be shy about.
I would drive home and see people wearing my No. 34 jersey and wonder why, because I didn't feel worthy of that. And all the time I just knew people were staring at me, talking about me everywhere I went.
When you make that crossover from life to real life, when you're not treated as a child anymore but as a man, and you are no longer given the benefit of the doubt, it takes some courage to face that.
The people that I see on the street, they treat me more as a human being and not just an icon or a football player.
A team takes on the personality of the head coach.
There is no need to smear my name or to defame my character for the sake of news.
In therapy, I see myself in the mirror differently.
Texas was such a welcoming place, and with its unbelievable history and tradition, it's extra special to be a part of that.
I think if I were a college professor, no one would say I was uncomfortable about being shy because that might be expected. But I think because of people's stereotypes, they think of a football player as someone who is very outgoing and I'm not.
Well, I don't think I've necessarily ever been a passionate football player or a passionate person.
Playing in the National Football League, you're told, you know, where to be, when to be there, what to wear, how to be there. Being able to step away from that, I have an opportunity to look deeper into myself and look for what's real.
And I think if you look at any relationship, for the relationship to be productive and to move forward and to grow, sometimes things have to be said that one person or the other person is not going to like to hear.
I don't care what people think about me because I know I am more than all the pain and strife they hold inside.
I really do love football.
Nine in the box... that's a football term.
If I was doing something for the money, I'd be quite miserable.
The more I pay attention to what's going on inside, the more I realize that how I feel, and how I react to what I feel, really creates my reality. And the more in touch I can be, the better chance I have to control what's happening in my life.
I started practicing yoga. I started learning some hands-on healing stuff. And I found really good chiropractors, really good massage therapists, and what I found is I've been able to actually peel off layers of trauma on my body and actually move better now than I did.
I've gotten to a point, where I realize that happiness doesn't come from the outside.
I want to thank all my fans, teammates, coaches and supporters for the strength they've given me to overcome so much.
I think it's very easy for people to stereotype athletes, good and bad.
I think Ricky Williams had his time in the limelight. And I think it was good for what it was worth, and that was that.
Growing up with two sisters, you either play by yourself or play Barbie with them. I played by myself.
Human beings aren't supposed to be controlled and told what to do.
The money is what made me miserable. I want to be free of that stress.
One thing I've learned about life is that if you really let go, it's just a joy ride.
I have no room in my life for any form of negativity or nonacceptance.
I've always been attracted to things that are taboo. I've never been afraid to go to that dark place.
If you replace the word God in the Bible with the word Truth, it reads exactly right.
There's more to life than success, and if you can try to be more well-rounded, you'll be able to enjoy your success more. It won't own you or control you.
I want to really start focusing on what I want to accomplish and what it is I want to achieve, but not micromanaging this or that and focusing on the little things.
I think sometimes when it comes to sports, and especially relationships between players and coaches, that people lose track, lose a sense of reality.
I don't think people change. I think they definitely mature. But I think the essence of what I am today is the same as when I was five years old. It's just maturity. I've become a healthier, fuller expression of that essence.
I think I have a tendency to look at things subjectively rather than objectively when I reflect on my experience.