Ricky Williams offers up some sage advice to Johnny Manziel

BY foxsports • February 18, 2016

Ricky Williams delivered some words of wisdom to another former Heisman Trophy winner: Johnny Manziel. 

Williams believes Manziel should "follow his heart" and consider taking some time to step away from the game. 

"When I went to go play in Canada, it got my mind straight, I found my love for football again, I came back and I had another five years to my career," Williams told TMZ.com. 

After violating the league's drug policy four times in 2006, Williams went to Canada and played with the Toronto Argonauts. Williams was granted his request for reinstatement in 2007. While he would play the next season, he had his year of redemption in 2009 when he ran for 1,121 yards and averaged 4.7 yards per carry a game. 

If Manziel were to cede to Williams' advice and follow his heart, the Cleveland Browns quarterback might be able to find that magic that made him so special on Saturdays. It's widely expected that the Browns will release Manziel in March when the new league year begins. 

Certainly, if that's the case, he can turn to a tweet he offered up in December 2014: 

As Manziel faces a criminal investigation and lingering off-the-field issues, focusing on himelf before football sounds like a good idea.