Williams (John) feels for Avery

PERRY LEFKO and MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

One running back named Williams has no problem with another running back named Williams, but understands how it could be a problem for others.

John Williams, the third-string running back on the Argos, talked yesterday about Ricky Williams, almost certainly now the first-string running back, supplanting John Avery.

"It's part of professional sports," John Williams said. "It's basically what it is. It's a meat market, know what I mean? You're here one day, you're gone the next. It's an unfortunate situation that happened with John, since he's having a great training camp and had a great off-season. That's just the way the cookie crumbles. As far as I go -- I can't speak for (any of the other Argos running backs) -- I've just accepted it with open arms. I was a fan of (Ricky Williams) before, not only on the field but off the field as well.

"He thinks outside the box. He's not your typical pro athlete. He shies away from the spotlight. I always grew up admiring guys like Barry Sanders -- guys who didn't always want to have the spotlight; guys that did their own thing."

The two Williamses made a connection on the first day when Ricky noticed John had a Hindu tattoo.

"He was the only guy I've ever come across that was able to read it," John said. "He was telling me he spent some time travelling around India and read some of the same books. I think it's a positive situation for everybody, not only the team but the City of Toronto in general."

HOT TICKET

The signing of Ricky Williams has created a buzz in the Argos box office.

Argos president Keith Pelley said the team is receiving "15 times" more calls than usual at this time of the season. The team has eight employees in its ticketing department, but has had to transfer four more people to the ticket sales staff this week.

"At this point of time, we're trying to keep of with the demand," he said. "We're incredibly busy."

One unique order came yesterday when a Colorado businessman with ties to Toronto ordered seven season tickets.

BRIEFLY

The Argos have ordered "thousands" of Ricky Williams No. 27 jerseys and hope to have them available for purchase this week ... The Argos signed ex-Carolina Panthers receiver Donald Hayes.


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