Former NFL star Ricky Williams, recently revealed that he changed his name to Errick Miron to adopt the last name of his wife, Linnea. Last week on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” he said that officially changing his name was “really meaningful.” During his playing career, Williams played for three NFL teams and spent one season in the Canadian football league before retiring in 2012. Throughout his great NFL career, Williams went by the nickname Ricky, but his real name is Errick.
He explained, “I did it probably a year and a half ago, made it official. Something I’ve been thinking about and talking about, and I finally went through the steps. I went to the social security office with my marriage certificate, and I went through the process. It was quick and easy, and it felt meaningful. Really meaningful.” Williams claimed the name change was partially inspired by a desire to achieve better harmony in his marriage. Additionally, Williams noted that he and his wife took an astrology class together to understand more about their “dynamic” as a pair.
The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL rushing leader, also stated his wife is an attorney, but his All-Pro resume and celebrity caused an “imbalance” in their friendship circles because “people would forget about her.” He continued, saying that “One of the ideas that popped into my mind was I can take her last name. I think it’s cool. It’s somewhere where we can both win.”
The all-star running back said another reason for the name change was that Williams “is not even really” his last name. He stated, “It’s one of those family secrets. My grandma, obviously, back then you don’t say anything. And so Williams was her husband’s name, but wasn’t my dad’s father. So Williams is not even really my last name. And if you go back far enough, its idea of it is a slave name, so I think of what is even the purpose of a last name. And I find more meaning in this last name than Williams.”
Williams was a star at the University of Texas before being selected fifth overall in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Saints. He went on to play 11 seasons in the NFL, primarily with the Miami Dolphins. However, he finished his career with the Ravens in 2011, running for 444 yards and two touchdowns on 108 carries.