College Football Analyst, Longhorn Network
Ricky Williams is a college football analyst on Longhorn Network’s Texas GameDay and Texas GameDay Final, providing live commentary and analysis from LHN’s set inside Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for all home games and in-studio during UT’s away matchups.
Williams was a running back for the University of Texas from 1995-1998. During his college career, he broke numerous records and was named a two-time All-American, ultimately winning the Heisman Trophy in 1998. The university unveiled a statue in Williams’ honor near the stadium in April of 2012.
The Lifetime Longhorn took home the 1998 Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, and he was the first-ever two-time recipient of the Doak Walker Award. The two-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year won back-to-back NCAA rushing titles in 1997 and 1998, and he set 21 NCAA records, including all-purpose yards (7,206) and rushing touchdowns (72). A three-time First Team All-Big 12 selection, Williams led Texas to the 1995 Southwest Conference championship and the 1996 Big 12 title. The 1998 AP and Sporting News Player of the Year, Williams ended his career as the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher with 6,279 yards, and was the 17th Longhorn to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (2015).
Selected with the fifth overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, Williams would go on to spend eleven seasons in the NFL with the Saints, Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens and one season with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. The San Diego native went to the Pro Bowl in 2002, and he set the Dolphins’ record for most 100-yard rushing games in team history with 24.
A 2013 inductee into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, he is a member of the Longhorn Hall of Honor and had his jersey retired by the university in 2015.