Ricky Williams to walk the earth like Caine in 'Kung Fu?'
You know, Samuel L. Jackson's character in "Pulp Fiction" who makes a sudden decision to leave the criminal life. Jules' plan? To "walk the Earth ... like Caine in 'Kung Fu.'"
When asked to expand on his plans, Jules says he simply wants to "walk from place to place, meet people, get in adventures."
Williams has been making similar comments ever since his surprise announcement Tuesday that he's retiring from the NFL. The onetime leading rusher in the league has been talking about traveling the world, learning as much as he can and "doing the things I want to do."
And he's been saying things like:
I've learned if you plan everything, it becomes a limitation. You want to have priority. But I don't believe in goals or purposes. As you start to move in a certain direction there's infinite possibilities. You can expand in any direction you want.
Williams is aware that many people don't understand what he's doing.
"I ... noticed that everyone I told it to, it brought up a lot of issues for that person.... Everyone has the Super Bowl of their life. They couldn't imagine I see a Super Bowl better than the real Super Bowl. Some people said, 'Don't' you want to go back and win the Super Bowl and get to the Hall of Fame?' They kept projecting their ideas on my life.
But while his comments come across as pretty odd to a lot of us, Williams doesn't sound like someone who plans on becoming a "bum," which is what John Travolta's character accuses his partner of doing in "Pulp Fiction."
On the contrary, it sounds like Williams has big plans ... he just doesn't know exactly what they are yet. And that's by design.
"I don't want to limit myself," he said.
Although, he added, "a Nobel Peace Prize would be cool.''
-- Chuck Schilken
Photos, from left: Samuel L. Jackson in "Pulp Fiction" (Credit: Linda R. Chen); Ricky Williams (Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press); David Carradine in "Kung Fu" (Associated Press).