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Ricky Williams agrees to join coaching staff at University of the Incarnate Word

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Since Ricky Williams entered the NFL, he has always done things a little differently than everyone else.

Williams had a better pro career than he's given credit for. Only 27 men have 10,000 career rushing yards, and he's one of them. He also has the 14th-best single-season rushing total in NFL history, with 1,853 yards in a monster 2002 campaign. That's mostly lost in his marijuana use and suspensions, abrupt retirement from the Dolphins when he spent time studying holistic medicine in California, his journey for a season to the Canadian Football League and battle with social anxiety disorder. Williams' story was told in a great 30 for 30 film by ESPN three years ago. He had one of the more unusual careers the NFL has seen.

In yet another random twist to his football journey, Williams is getting back into football off the beaten path. He is joining the coaching staff at University of the Incarnate Word, in a move first reported by CoachingSearch.com. KSAT.com said he will work with running backs on his days off while he still lives in Austin.

University of the Incarnate Word probably doesn't see too many former NFL stars and Heisman Trophy winners pass through.

UIW, in San Antonio, is making the transition from Division II to the Football Championship Subdivision this year. The Cardinals' first game was in 2009, and they play in a stadium (named after New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and his wife Gayle) that holds 6,000 fans. The Cardinals haven't posted a winning season yet.

It's a long way from any of Williams' three NFL stops, or his days as a college legend at the University of Texas. Most Heisman winners would be satisfied living their days as a celebrity in their college city, but Williams apparently thought it would be fun to teach running backs at a Division II school that otherwise receives very little publicity.

Somehow, that's not too surprising. Nothing with Williams ever is.

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