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Ravens sign Ricky Williams to a two-year deal

Even with his age as his number Ricky Williams is a special football talent.

It’s no secret that the guy I’ve wanted the Ravens to sign all free agency has been Ricky Williams so needless to say I’m pretty happy right now because they inked a two-year deal worth up to $4 million with him.

Williams will serve as Ray Rice’s backup and fill the power back role that had a void after the departures of Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain.

Williams gets a bad rap because of his abrupt retirement after the 2005 season where rumors circulated that he did it so he could “go smoke weed in Tibet.” If you haven’t seen the ESPN 30 for 30 film “Run Ricky Run” I highly suggest you do because it completely trashes that theory and gives you a lot of insight into why he did that and what kind of a person Williams is.

But on the football field there is very little to deny how special of a player he is, even at 34-years-old. Williams returned to football at the end of the 2007 season and has split time with former No. 2 overall pick Ronnie Brown, but averaged no less than 4.1 yards per carry in the three full seasons he’s been back with the Dolphins.

Two years ago when Brown suffered an injury that kept him off the field for most of the season Williams returned to his status as the Dolphins’ featured back and he showed how great he still was, rushing for 1,121 yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging 4.7 yards per carry, 0.1 yard per carry off his career-best set in 2002.

Last season he had a much smaller role since Brown completed his first season in the NFL without a major injury that forced him to miss games but he still rushed for 673 yards and two touchdowns for a 4.2 yards per carry average.

Williams is definitely a special talent and it’s something special when you see him run with such finesse and power even at his age. In a power back role opposite of a the much more elusive and shifty Ray Rice he should absolutely thrive and help bring the Ravens running game back up near the top of the league.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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