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