Same old, same old

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 3:27 PM ET

Ricky Williams has already left his stamp on Edmonton - and he has yet to touch the football at Commonwealth Stadium.

In advance of this afternoon's Eskimo-Argo tilt, Williams provided the strangest football media interview session of the season in this city.

Living up to his advance billing for delivering strange responses, the former NFL superstar replied to nearly every media question yesterday afternoon with the same sort of answer.

No matter how bizarre the answer sounded to the average reporter, Williams kept delivering the same theme - and the key word is "same".

Question No. 1: Is (your CFL experience) what you expected (or) is it way different?

Answer No. 1: "Every day is the same, if you have the same approach to the day.

"Every day I try to get up and make the most of the opportunity.

"For me every day is easy and smooth and wonderful."

Question No. 2: You have been all over the world. I wonder how Canada has been and how this game has been to you?

Answer No. 2: "One thing that I have learned from travelling around the world is that everywhere you go really everything is just the same.

"It really is just the same because it really just reflects your outlook on things."

Question No. 3: Football is different (in the CFL), though. Do you like that?

Answer No. 3: "It is the same. I still have to do my job, is what I am saying.

"If I get caught up in the differences (between the CFL and NFL) then it takes away from doing my job."

Question No. 4: Did you like (playing with John Avery for the first time last week)? Did you like that?

Answer No. 4: "Again, it is the same.

"It was the first time for you (to see it), but it is still football.

"John is just his name. It is still football and it is still another guy in the game.

"I still have to do my job.

"If I say: 'It is going to be different' - then I don't do my job as well."

Question No. 5: The field is bigger (in the CFL than the NFL).

Answer No. 5: "It is the same.

"It is just external stuff, but you still have to play the game."

Williams will play his ninth CFL regular-season game today, sharing the backfield with Avery, again.

Primarily lined up as a fullback, Williams gained 71 yards while sharing the load on Thanksgiving Day.

And while many people expect this to be Williams's only visit to Edmonton in his high-profile career, the suspended NFLer didn't confirm or deny that popular belief yesterday.

"I don't ever let my mind go into the future because it is not real," he reasoned.

"It is just our imagination to say IF. I don't allow my mind to do that."

That is a contrast to this statement earlier in the year: "It wouldn't be bad to come back up here and kind of follow the same steps as (Pinball Clemons) - play here ... and maybe get a chance to coach up here," Williams said in late August.

But considering everything said yesterday, a different response was par for the course.


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