Ricky Williams played college football for the Texas Longhorns following recruitment by some of the top programs in the country. Williams holds or shares 20 NCAA records, and became the NCAA Division I-A career rushing leader in 1998 with 6,279 yards (broken one year later by University of Wisconsin's Ron Dayne). Williams had a sensational senior season, highlighted by rushing for nine touchdowns and 385 yards in the season's first two games; rushing for 318 yards and six touchdowns against Rice; rushing for 350 yards and five touchdowns against Iowa State; and rushing for 150 yards against Nebraska's legendary Black Shirt defense. He helped beat longtime rival Oklahoma rushing for 166 rushing yards and two scores.
He broke the NCAA Division I-A career rushing touchdowns and career scoring records in 1998 with 73 and 452 respectively (topped one year later by Miami University's Travis Prentice), and rushed for 200 or more yards in twelve different games (an NCAA record he shares with Dayne and USC's Marcus Allen). Williams won the 64th Heisman Trophy, becoming the second Texas Longhorn to win this honor, joining Earl Campbell.
Ricky was drafted 5th overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 1999 NFL Draft. The selection of Ricky Williams marks the first time in NFL history that one player has been a team's entire draft class.
Williams' 1,563-point margin of victory over Kansas State quarterback Michael Bishop was the fourth highest in Heisman history. Williams, who set an NCAA career rushing record, was followed in the voting by five quarterbacks and seven of the top 10 slots went to quarterbacks.