|Still Not Satisfied?
||[Jul. 26th, 2004|01:46 pm]
Okay, there's really no "get over it" with regard to the Ricky Williams retirement. There are fans who probably remember Scott Norwood and really don't like the guy because he missed that field goal waaaay back in the day. Fans are like that.
The assumption is given to anyone who posts negative-anything that they really aren't so angry as to go out and harm folks . . . I'm an NFL Fan. Most of us are normal, and of course there could be a few unstable NFL Crazies or NFL Stalkers running around the internet, but the large majority happens to be rather sane.
Dear Mr. Williams,
Thanks for the years you entertained the fans of the world with your athletic ability.
The Miami Dolphins will really miss your rushing expertise on the gridiron this fall. Had the timing been somewhat more prompt with regard to announcement at the end of the 2003 season, then Miami could have made plans to sign one of the free agents for your vacated position. Miami's organization could have also drafted one of the available young running backs, looking to fill a necessary spot on the Dolphins roster.
What will your plans be in Asia? Will you visit the Great Wall of China? I've always wanted to do that, considering it is one of the few man-made objects to be visible from the orbit in outer space. If you watched Lost in Translation, Japan happens to be a really interesting version of the United States, similar in style, yet very different. Your children will love their toy stores.
You may experience quite a bit of negativity directed your way from various media moguls and countless internet opiners. Since you'll be in Asia, with very little likely attention to the media for these next few months, you'll miss a lot of what is discussed.
Know in your heart that it was the right decision for you. No person with a firm grip on sanity would ever wish you or resultingly try to inflict harm upon you or your family. In the next days of your life, you may receive many unkind and possibly disturbing words directed toward you. You would do well to pay those folks little attention.
At this point, you should realize that much of life is out of your control. Of the aspects of life that are out of your control, in particular, the sentiment of those who might know of you is one major source.
Explanations at this point, when the truth is hard to grasp and share, would be a mistake. Future apologies should be reconsidered. Any apology implies an excuse with it, and in life, there really are few folks who will accept excuses. Sympathy cannot be given to the more fortunate folks in the world, and due to the accumulated wealth that you have earned, empathy will not be one of the blessings you will receive. It is inevitable that you will also lose control over your ability to be recognized by folks after a few short years, as the amount of playing time you have graced the NFL has produced results far below the legendary levels.
Expectations also bring anxiety for many individuals, and I can understand that part of your dilemma. Keep in mind that the expectations of those who might know of you are as out of your control as the sentiments.
I would also, as a matter of professional guidance, offer a sound piece of advice. Never seriously reconsider returning to professional football. At this point, your decision to leave the NFL has become quite solid. Keep it as such . . . a return to professional and very public life would bring a different atmosphere, but it may not be as ideal as you might believe.
Good luck to you and your family, and may good fate be there when you need it.
In other Ricky-related news, Madden NFL 2005 is slated to hit shelves in less than a month.