Despite a broken arm and a recently shredded heel, Toronto Argonauts running back Ricky Williams believes he has a future in Canadian football.
Why, you may ask? The same reason many players and coaches like to be around the Argonauts franchise: Michael 'Pinball' Clemons.
"I was thinking it wouldn't be bad to come back up here and kind of follow the same steps as Pinner -- play here a couple years and maybe get a chance to coach up here," Williams told the National Post on Wednesday.
Playing in Canada has allowed Williams the life he was unable to enjoy in the NFL, where every move is scrutinized.
"I come to work, I go home, play with my kid, walk to the store. It's really nice. I get to teach. It's wonderful here."
Williams is only under contract with the Argos until the end of the CFL season; upon which he must report back to the Miami Dolphins organization.
The former Heisman Trophy winner has had a lot of time to relax north of the border due to a string of injuries. Williams broke his forearm last month in a game versus Saskatchewan and recently gashed his heel on a metal door, opening a cut which required 17 stitches to close. In order to avoid infection, Williams now spends four hours a day in a hyperbaric chamber.
It is not known if the gashed heel will prevent Williams from meeting his anticipated return date of Sept. 23, when the Argos visit Calgary.
"The doctors haven't really told me, and I wouldn't believe them anyway," said Williams. "They say it's going to be longer, but I say it's probably shorter."
In Williams' absence veteran John Avery has carried the lion's share of rushes. However, Avery has urged the Argos coaching staff to play both players in the same backfield whenever possible.