Longhorn Legend Ricky Williams Takes His Place

Former Longhorn great Ricky Williams took his rightful place among the giants of the game when he officially joined the College Football Hall Of Fame Tuesday night.

Amidst all the comings and goings of what promises to be a wild offseason in Austin, a Longhorn legend Ricky Williams joined the all-time greats when he was officially inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame Tuesday night in New York City.

Williams enters the hall along in a class loaded with studs.  The Class of 2015 includes 15 All-Americans (five unanimous), five multiple All-Americans and winners of Butkus, Doak Walker, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards.  Ricky, of course, also won the Heisman Trophy.

Regardless of the ups and downs that followed Williams once he left for the NFL, his mark on the college game will never be sullied.  Backs who are as dominant as Williams was don’t come around very often.  I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed the greatness of Ricky.

Ricky stands as one of former coach John Mackovic’s crowning achievements, though Williams is most often connected to Mack Brown thanks to his record shattering 1998 season.  He was, for my generation, what Earl Campbell was to an earlier generation and continued a remarkable line of power backs.

Since leaving the NFL behind, it has been nice seeing Ricky back where he belong as a part of the Longhorn Network crew, where he has proven to be a fine commentator and analyst.

Ricky’s career rushing record may not have lasted but one season, but for those who witnessed him play, the memory will last forever.  Congrats Ricky on an honor well-deserved.