Ex-Miami Dolphins RB Ricky Williams launching his own marijuana line

Ricky Williams rushes against the Titans’ Alterraun Verner — who played for the Dolphins last season — in this 2010 game. (Bill Ingram /The Palm Beach Post)

Football never took too kindly to Ricky Williams’ affection for marijuana, but in his new business, it’s essential.

Williams is launching his own brand of marijuana.

Williams, a former Dolphins running back, now lives in Venice Beach, Calif., where the drug has been decriminalized.

And Williams is going into business with a product line called Real Wellness by Ricky Williams, a play off his initials.

Williams is promoting his goods for health reasons.

“I am known as a professional football player,” Williams told The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “In the last 14 years, I have been educating myself and training as a health care practitioner.”

Williams is in business with OutCo, a dispensary and consulting firm in California. They plan to sell marijuana in dispensaries in Southern California and online.

Williams’ marijuana use led to suspensions from the NFL in his playing days, but Williams was a workhorse for the Dolphins in the early 2000s, including a team-record 1,853 rushing yards in 2002. He also gained 1,372 yards in 2003.

“When people think about Ricky Williams, they think about a pothead,” he told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “That’s not fair to how I played the game. I was a physical player who was respected by my opponents and teammates. That gets lost with the off-the-field stuff.”

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