Ricky Williams is a former NFL/CFL star and college football coach who currently works as ESPN’s football analyst for Longhorn Network. A College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ricky represented the University of Texas Longhorn in NCAA American football for 4 years. After that, he enjoyed an illustrious professional career that spanned 12 Seasons across 3 foremost teams in the National Football League (NFL) and 1 in the Canadian Football League (CFL). In all those years, he won several awards and set many records.
With this in view, Ricky is surely someone who worths your attention. Yet there is far more to know about him. So read on to get all the details you need to know about the football star turned TV personality.
The ex-NFL/CFL star was born and named Errick Lynne Williams Jr. on May 21, 1977, in San Diego California. He has a twin sister named Cassandra both of whom were born to teenage parents Errick Williams (who was 18 years old at the time) and his wife Sandy Williams (19 years old). Sadly enough, by the time Ricky was five years of age, her parents got divorced. He and his siblings were left to the care of their single mom, a situation that set Ricky up as the man of the family. Consequently, he began to bear family responsibilities that were conventionally beyond his age at that early stage of his life.
Maybe as a result of the sad situation related above, Ricky Williams began to have anger issues. He was also having problems with his schoolwork. This eventually led to him seeking psychological counsel at the instance of his mother. Surprisingly, in spite of Ricky’s poor showing in his schoolwork, the counsellor found out that he had an extraordinarily high IQ which made it more probable that his psycho issues were related to the broken home in which he was growing up.
However, the then-future NFL star began to improve on himself and began to do well at school and all around. His high school days were spent at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, California. It seems that bearing adult responsibilities too early in life turned out to work in Ricky’s favour because, by the time he enrolled at Patrick Henry, he had developed the body of an adult, weighing 70kg (154 pounds) and standing at a height of 1.75m (5 feet, 9 inches). With this body advantage and acute intellect, Ricky began to feature very prominently in his high school football team games which got him named as the 1994 Player of the Year by San Diego Union-Tribune among many other accolades that he enjoyed.
After graduating from high school, Ricky Williams won an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas. As expected of him, Ricky was a prominent member of the Texas Longhorn’s football team right from his Freshman season.
As of early 2019, Ricky Williams was reported to be worth the sum of $19 million which he has gathered from his football career. Apart from playing college football, his professional career which lasted from 1999 to 2011 was quite eventful. He played for New Orleans Saints (1999 to 2001); Miami Dolphins (2002 to 2005, 2007 to 2010); Toronto Argonauts (2006), and Baltimore Ravens (2011).
Among so many accolades that dot his professional career, Ricky made the Pro-Bowl team in 2002 and eventually became the pro-Bowl MVP that year. During his college career in 1998, he won the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Award, and Maxwell Award. He was also named the 1998 AP Player of the Year.
His Wife and Children
Ricky Williams is married to an attorney cum businesswoman named Linnea Miron who is a year and two months older than he is. A native of Eastport in Annapolis, Maryland, Linnea is a daughter of a well-respected member of the town named Mike Miron who is the founder of the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Her father also developed a lot of real estate in the town. She herself had been Ricky’s business partner since 2015, about two years before they got married.
The couple got married on June 23, 2017. So far, they are yet to have any kid together. However, Ricky is said to have up to 5 kids from past relationships with different women. For instance, he had three children (Prince, Elijah, and Asher) with his immediate ex-wife Kristen Barnes whom he married in September 2009. Ricky and Kristen got divorced in 2016.
Ricky Williams also has a son via a woman named Cherie Clark. Cherie (with whom Ricky had a severe child support battle after they broke up) bore him a son named Kekoa Blaze Williams. Presently, Linnea Miron plays stepmom to all of Ricky’s kids.
Where is Ricky Williams Now?
As we already mentioned, Ricky Williams currently works as ESPN’s football analyst for Longhorn Network. Besides, he co-owns a business named Real Wellness (RW, same as Ricky William’s initial) with his wife Linnea Miron. He is also a student of Traditional Oriental Medicine at Emperor’s College Santa Monica California. He resides in San Diego, California, with his wife and children.