1. Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown — Miami Dolphins 2008-2010
What could have been with Ricky Williams. The Texas product was one of the most exciting running backs to ever come into the NFL. He was so transcendent that Mike Ditka, who was coaching the New Orleans Saints at the time, gave up all of his picks in the 1999 NFL Draft to be able to land Williams.
He looked to be worth it too, but he was only scratching the surface of his talent when he was traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2002. During his first season in Miami, he led the NFL in yards with 1,853 but it wasn’t long before he found himself being suspended by the league for abusing the substance abuse policy.
Williams ended up retiring following the 2003 season and that led to Miami drafting Ronnie Brown from Auburn second overall in 2005. As fate would have it, Williams decided to return that same year. However, it wasn’t until 2008 that we saw these two reach their potential as a duo ( and this was also following another suspension for Williams that cost him all of 2006).
That year, Williams had 659 yards and four scores while Brown ran for 916 and 10 touchdowns. Then in 2009, the roles reversed as Williams led the way with 1,121 yards and 11 touchdowns and Brown was the complement back with 648 yards and eight touchdowns.
What made them even more impressive was how the entire offense ran through them. With a combination of Chad Henne and Chad Pennington at quarterback during that stretch, the Dolphins started a new fad in the NFL as they brought back the Wildcat formation.
This duo was so good that they actually changed the NFL as teams were copying their formula for years — and we still see it sprinkled into offenses to this day.