Prior to the annual Orange-White game today, The University of Texas honored Heisman Trophy winner and former Longhorn running back Ricky Williams by unveiling an 8-foot bronze likeness of the star. With 20,000 + fans in the stands and a cast of notable attendees including famed sportscaster Brent Musberger, who made the call on November 20th, 1998 when Williams broke the all-time rushing record held by Tony Dorsett, Ricky Williams’ place in Texas football was solidified… literally.
“Ricky Williams provided the greatest run I have ever seen, against Texas A&M,” said Musberger. Ricky’s good friend and former teammate Wayne McGarrity was part of the celebration and addressed the crowd: “If Ricky were not here in 1998, there is no telling where this program would be today.” Alumnus and long-time donor Joe Jamail praised Ricky’s accomplishments and even poked a little fun by mentioning Austin’s “Keep it Weird” slogan and saying “Ricky has done his part to contribute to that.”
Williams mentioned how honored he was to have a statue that will sit next to Earl Campbell’s but noted that the statue represents the accomplishments of the past, the present and the future of Texas football, not just his individual achievements. The ceremony and the energy, passion and nostalgia that surrounded it will live in the hearts, minds and now, the reality of all fans of Texas football.
Catch Ricky’s record breaking run and call from Brent Musberger below.