‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ spotlight: Will NFL icon Ricky Williams win big in the boardroom?

There’s been a lengthy history of sporting icons appearing on “The Celebrity Apprentice” over the years. However, at the same time there have also not been many of them to make it into the final two. Is Ricky Williams going to be able to buck that trend? We know that the man has personality, but seeing whether or not his skills translate to the boardroom is going to be a fun thing to watch.

What we, at the very least, know about Ricky entering this competition is that he’s not your average athlete, and that he’s creative and an outside-the-box thinker. These are skills that should serve him well within this particular environment.

Claim to Fame – Former Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Texas, and NFL running back best known for playing for the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins. (He also spent a year in Baltimore.) He ran for over 10,000 yards in his career.

Charity Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation. This is a very important cause for football players ranging from the high school to professional level, given that their goal is to provide more awareness and treatment to players who could have Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and post concussion syndrome.

Strengths – Like with any other athlete, you know that Ricky’s a hard worker. You gotta be to get over 10K in rushing. He’s a team player, but at the same time he’s a strong-enough personality that he’s going to speak up. Sometimes, athletes on this show (especially NFL players) tend to fall into the background and don’t allow themselves to have a voice. That shouldn’t be an issue here; at one point in the video below, you even see him fighting with Chael Sonnen, a guy we’ve labeled already as the villain of this season.

Weaknesses – Given that Ricky played football in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Maryland, how many contacts does he have in California to get assistance or fundraising help from? Maybe as an NFL player this wouldn’t be a problem were it not for the fact that Rams legend Eric Dickerson is also on the season, and he’s much more likely to get some of the local people in Los Angeles. Our other worry for Ricky is simply that he could be targeted once some of the other guys realize that he’s not a pushover; being a threat can sometimes be a very bad thing on this show!

Prediction – Maybe Ricky goes home early if he just falls into some bad circumstances, but we think more than likely he lasts for a few weeks. Our big concern for him is mostly being able to succeed in the fundraising when we don’t get a clear sense of his contact list. (Of course, watch there be no fundraising task on this season and we’re rambling on about something insignificant.)

What’s your take on Ricky as a contender this season? Be sure to share below!

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