Before Ricky Williams was a College Football Hall of Famer, he was a Phillies prospect
NCAA football HoFer Williams was a Phillies prospect
'Tis the season for Hall of Fame elections, and on Friday, former University of Texas running back Ricky Williams was elected to the College Football version. While we're sure his phenomenal college career had something to do with it (he did win a Heisman Trophy, after all), we can't help but think his Minor League baseball career might have given him a boost.
Yes, the former Saint and Dolphin was a two-sport not-quite-superstar, drafted by the Phillies out of high school:
Photo courtesy Phillies Minor League Photos.
But while Williams was good enough to get drafted, he wasn't quite good enough to make it out of Class A. He hit only .211 over the course of his Minor League career. But he could run. He stole 46 bases out of 63 attempts, and a former teammate had this to say to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel about him:
Williams hit .283/.309/.283 in 1998, his high mark in the Minors. In his '98 season with the Longhorns, he rushed for 2,124 yards and was a Consensus All-American for the second consecutive year. In 1999, he was drafted by the Saints. Though he was selected by the Expos in the Rule 5 Draft (and later traded to the Rangers), his baseball career was over.
He did, however, get his own commemorative statue:
Photo via Ebay.