Meanwhile, Williams has become something of an enigma in the locker room. Once a week he does interviews in full uniform with his helmet on, one time even sitting on the floor near the walkway to the showers. Naked players had to walk through the handful of media to get to their lockers. Williams says he does interviews with his helmet on simply because he can—it was his choice after a regimented college career. He also has little to do with most of his teammates, choosing to do his job and go home.
"Ricky likes for people to wonder what's going on with him," says Vikings rookie guard Jay Humphrey, a former teammate at Texas. "It's part of the mystery. I mean, he's a very down-to-earth guy, very genuine, but I think he also gets a kick out of it when people think he's strange."
Count Tolliver among the perplexed. After one practice last month he approached Williams in the locker room. The conversation went something like this.
Tolliver: "Ricky, I want to be your friend."
Tolliver: "No, I want to be your friend."
Tolliver: "No, I need to be your friend."
Williams looked at Tolliver funny.
Tolliver, to chuckles from fellow Saints: "I want to make sure I'm your friend, so when you come in here with a machine gun and blow people away, you'll spare me."