Ricky Williams and his path to College Football Hall of Fame
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Ricky Williams and his path to College Football Hall of Fame

Williams and the divergent paths from his high school rival

Photo: Ricky Williams at the National Football Foundation press conference.

NEW YORK – Ricky Williams smiled like a kid answering questions throughout the College Football Hall of Fame press conference Tuesday at the Waldorf Astoria. The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas was introspective, too.

He was far removed from the aloof image of him as an entitled athlete during his controversial NFL days, that included a suspension for marijuana use. 



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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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