It’s amazing how long a decade ago currently feels. 10 years ago, the iPhone was brand new technology, the President’s last name was “Bush,” and Tom Brady was throwing touchdown passes to Randy Moss.
In that vein, the players that NFL fans considered to be “household names” in that time frame have suddenly been replaced with the superstars of today. That’s why we thought it’d be great to take a look back at the stars of the first decade of the millennium, and what they’re up to today.
Ricky Williams was such a highly touted prospect coming into the NFL that then New Orleans Saints head coach Mike Ditka traded an entire year’s worth of draft picks to move up to the 5th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft to select Williams. While Williams had something of a roller-coaster career in the NFL, he did run for more than 1,000 yards five times in his 11-year NFL career, which included an NFL-high 1,853 yards in 2002.
With his playing days officially over, Williams has returned to his nature-focused lifestyle, which includes being vegan, and working to elevate the legitimacy of certain newly-legalized plants as potential treatments for medical conditions (as opposed to the usual recreational uses they’re otherwise associated with).