The Texas Tornado quickly discovered that attaining this kind of success essentially wasn’t enough — or at least what the world tells us all it’s going to be like. For Ricky, many wounds were created during this process of conventional success-attainment. Later, he noticed that when one has continued success, the wounds are often not acknowledged, or considered justified.
At the time, in 1999, the New Orleans Saints traded eight picks for the right to select Ricky in the first round of the draft. It was the first time in NFL history that one player was the only pick for a team’s entire draft class. Three years later, Ricky was traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for two first-round draft picks. During his 13-year professional career, Ricky also played for Baltimore Ravens and was a Pro Bowl MVP and the NFL’s Rushing Leader. In 2015, Ricky was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
While the world was celebrating his many accomplishments on the field, performing at American football’s highest level was taking its toll on Ricky’s mind and body. Seeking the best and safest treatment for the accumulating pain and trauma, he found that medical marijuana was the most effective and natural medicine available to treat the wide-ranging injuries he sustained while playing for the NFL. Upon the NFL’s discovery of his cannabis use, Ricky was harshly penalized both reputationally and financially through suspension and millions of dollars in fines and lost salary.