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Food for thought: Miami Dolphins' Ricky Williams part-owner of new restaurant.

 

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     He's a Heisman Trophy winner, a former NFL rushing champion, a world-traveler, part-time college student and occasional massage therapist.

     And now you can add ``restaurant owner'' to Ricky Williams' résumé. The Dolphins running back is among the owners of PROOF, which opens Tuesday in the Z Ocean Hotel on Miami Beach's Ocean Drive. ``We had our differences about the menu,'' Williams said Tuesday. ``But we came to a nice agreement.''The menu, featuring 65 food options and 22 cocktails, includes a Ricky's Picks section with four dishes -- margarita pizza ($14), black bean burger ($12), rice noodles and tofu ($18) and mushroom and assorted vegetables risotto ($18). There also is seafood, steaks, hamburgers and sushi, among other dishes.

Williams said when he goes out to dine, ``I have to order sides because I'm a vegetarian. Now I can order entrees.'' Dolphins coach Tony Sparano joked Wednesday that ``I've got to make sure that there's Ricky food'' at team functions. Williams good-naturedly said, ``There's not really Ricky food. He just means I just get a salad or something.'' Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Rudi Johnson, another of PROOF's owners said, ``I'm a meat-and-potato guy. He's a vegan guy. We have both things covered.''Williams said the name ``PROOF'' has no special significance. ``We wanted to do something that was catchy,'' he said. ``During the season, I won't be involved at all. But during the offseason, I might come down here and learn. Anything I'm involved in, I like to really be a part of.''

Pictures from the 2009 Miami Beach Food and Wine Festival