10 People You Didn’t Know Played in the CFL

2 – Ricky Williams

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He was a star in the NFL, but Williams may be forever known as the player who failed the most drug tests. Ricky couldn’t stay away from the marijuana, and “retired” from football in 2004 after three positive tests. He came back in 2005 and eventually earned another suspension for the entire 2006 season. The oddball Heisman Trophy winner, who led the NFL in rushing in 2002, ended up signing a lucrative-by-CFL-standards contract with Toronto that same season. Panned by Joe Theismann as a bad signing for such “an addict”, Ricky put bums in the seats, but was far from being dominant, gaining 526 yards in 11 games. He departed Toronto after one season and spent five more average seasons in the NFL with Miami (again) and Baltimore.

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