Richie Williams: From Ticat QB to NASCAR jackman

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    Richie Williams understands the juxtaposition, because he's lived it. And he's living it now.

    The former Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback, an African-American born and raised in the colour-preoccupied south, is working fulltime in stock car racing, which has traditionally been linked with the likes of yachting among the most white-centric sports on earth.

    "Basically, that's the roots of the sport," Williams agrees by phone from North Carolina, and you can almost hear the shrug in his voice as strongly as you hear the "man" he sprinkles through his emphatic sentences.

    "You know how the south was in the '60s and '70s, which was before I was even born. It's got a lot better in this sport, obviously, but even in the six or seven years I've been in the sport, it's a whole lot better than it was. NASCAR has had minority programs and that's helped a lot in bringing the sport to a lot more people, and more people to the sport.

    "There's a lot more acceptance. It was basically ignorance. If you don't know somebody, you're not going to accept them."

    During his Hamilton tenure of 2006-08, Williams was known and more than accepted.

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