Perhaps C.J. Spiller's needling teammates were keen to the symbolism when they gave him the nickname Ricky Bobby.
"I wanna go fast!" was the life's mission of Will Farrell's lead character in the comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." But it wasn't until he learned to drive his father's 1969 Chevy Chevelle by feel -- blindfolded, fleeing from police, with a cougar in the backseat -- did Ricky Bobby regain his dominance on the track.
Spiller, the Buffalo Bills' speedy rookie running back, is learning the same lesson in the NFL: Fast isn't always the best approach.
"You can't just take the ball and start running," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "You have to see where the holes are and feel the blocking schemes, and sometimes if you get in a hurry you don't allow yourself to feel or see the blocking scheme.