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[intro]You may see Bernie Parmalee on the sidelines this offseason.. but not in a jersey. Parmalee served as a volunteer coach during TuesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s minicamp practice.
Parmalee will do the same for the next two days as he decides whether to enter the coaching profession.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always had it in me,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Parmalee.[/intro]
Before signing with the Dolphins as a free agent in 1992, he worked as a cashier at a bowling alley and on the loading dock at a UPS office in Muncie, Ind.
Parmalee was the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leading rusher in 1994 (868 yards) and 1995 (878), then spent three seasons playing predominantly on special teams before being released.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve worked for everything,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Parmalee, 34. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Nothing ever came easy. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to let [the players] know the route I took and have them stay focused and play hard.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Coach Dave Wannstedt said he could offer Parmalee a voluntary coaching position during training camp, provided he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mind long hours.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We all know what type of person Bernie is,Ã¢â‚¬Â Wannstedt said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I told him to come out and work a couple of days this week. If it goes good, maybe we could have you help out a little bit during training camp. It will let him get his feet wet and decide if he likes getting up that early and staying up that late.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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