Real men donÆt ask hypothetical questions. Ricky Williams is easy to criticize. HeÆs also hard to condemn. In an on-again, off-again NFL career, the Miami Dolphins running back has succeeded in nothing so much as tumbling short of expectationsùwhich would be worse news if tumbling short of expectations werenÆt such a wholly human pastime. Potential chases the illusion of tomorrow. Disappointment, on the other hand, faces the truth of today. IÆm not suggesting that Williams was fated to flop in the pros. ThereÆs a fine line between social anxiety and self-indulgence, and RickyÆs psychological struggles have undoubtedly been compounded by a failure of will. But then again all wills fail against the determinism of the past. In a league where nothing can change after the last whistle, t ...
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