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Q & A: Williams makes it look easy
By Dave Richard
NFL.com



MIAMI (Dec. 9, 2002) -- What a night: 31 carries, 216 yards, a career-long 63-yard rush and two touchdowns made for a pretty good day at the office for Ricky Williams.

Exactly what the Dolphins envisioned when they dealt for the dreadlocked speed demon before the 2002 season. On a night where Larry Csonka, the Dolphins' all-time leading rusher (for now) was honored, Williams ran through the Bears like a Texas tornado.

After his commanding performance, Williams talked about his incredible effort with NFL.com, as he helped the Dolphins to a 27-9 victory against the Bears, keeping them tied atop the hot-and-heavy AFC East.

What do these back-to-back 200-yard games mean to you?

Ricky Williams: I'm just glad to help the team win. I didn't expect it, I expected to go out there and run hard. The offensive line and (fullback) Rob Konrad did a great job up front and it was relatively easy.

The holes you're running through are huge. How much does that help you?

Ricky Williams: Our line is doing a good job of getting on people and I'm setting their blocks up. I'm taking my time and being patient, so when I hit the holes and there's no one there, it's nice.

What's your reaction to rushing for the most yards in one game against the Bears in their long, storied history?

Ricky Williams: I played the Bears twice when I was in New Orleans and I had two decent games, so I was confident I would do all right.

Now that you share a record with Earl Campbell, is there any special meaning since he's a Texas guy?

Ricky Williams: Kind of. I'm compared to him a lot because of the state of Texas. The fact that he had a great pro career and before this year I had an average pro career, it feels good to be up there with him.

Do these long runs and huge rushing games remind you of your college days?

Ricky Williams: It's exactly what it feels like. It's a confidence thing. When I was in college, I pretty much knew once a game I was going to break a long run. Now I'm more pro-active in going after the big runs and we're doing a great job up front and blocking downfield. It's easy like it was in college.

What about doing all of this in front of Larry Csonka and the '72 Dolphins?

Ricky Williams: (smiling) I think because of the festivities, there was a little bit more emotion.

 
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