Ricky Williams took wife’s name to create more balance in marriage

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Ricky Williams is no longer Ricky Williams.

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The former Miami Dolphins running back changed his name about 18 months ago to Errick Miron.

While he went by Ricky throughout his NFL career, his birth name is actually Errick. Miron is the surname of his second wife, Linnea Miron, whom he married in 2017.

The former football pro was a guest on a recent episode of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and explained the name change was “something I’ve been thinking about and talking about, and I finally went through the steps.”

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He went through the “quick and easy” process of going down to the social security office with his marriage certificate and said “it felt meaningful. Really meaningful.”

Part of the reason was to create more of a balance in his marriage, he said.

“I’ve found that that’s been really powerful in creating ease, intimacy and trust in my relationship,” he  said, explaining that he took an astrology class with Linnea, which helped him learn more about their “dynamic” as a couple.

The former All-Pro football star also boasts The Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother on his resume, and while his wife is an attorney in her own right, he found his career created an “imbalance” amongst their friends and “people would forget about her.”

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He said: “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.”

Ricky also revealed that Williams “is not even really” his last name.

“It’s one of those family secrets,” he clarified. “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.”

He added: “To me, this makes the story of Ricky Williams more interesting.”

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