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Former teammate describes Ricky Williams's marijuana use before games

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Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013

Updated: Thursday, September 5, 2013 16:09

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Stephen Green | The Houstonian

Former Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams frequently smoked marijuana the night preceding a game, BleacherReport reported.

Williams’s former teammate Channing Crowder told NBC Reporter Mike Florio the running back smoked the evening before a record running game against the Buffalo Bills in 2002. Williams recorded a franchise record of 228 yards with two touchdowns in the Dolphins 38-21 loss.

“Remember that Buffalo game, the 200-yard game? Smoked the night before. Talk to Ricky.  He was doing it, that’s what he did.  Ricky has social anxiety and he smoked weed.  Ricky’s marijuana didn’t affect the team until he got caught smoking. . . . Him smoking weed, sitting at his house smoking weed, didn’t affect anybody but Ricky.  He got high and then he sobered up and then he went to practice the next day.”

According to BleacherReport, Williams had a long history of marijuana use and tested positive three times before his retirement in 2004.

Williams received criticism from football fans for hindering his full potential capability as a running back. The former Texas Longhorn set the NCAA career rushing record at the time. Despite walking away from the game early in his career, Williams finished with 100,000 rushing yards and 66 touchdowns rushing.

He received the 2003 Pro Bowl MVP award after receiving 2002 league rushing title.

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