- Jul 26, 2004
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DAVIE — Randy Thomas has become almost as famous for his southern-style ribs at his Atlanta-area restaurant, RT's, as he has for mauling defensive tackles for 11 seasons in the NFL.
But Thomas, 34, isn't ready to retire to the kitchen quite yet.
"I didn't want to go into cooking," Thomas, a right guard, said Thursday. "I got tired of cleaning up.
"Landscaping - I can't keep straight lines.
"I don't have the itch for anything but football."
The Dolphins are giving Thomas - who started all 143 games he has played during his career with the New York Jets and Washington Redskins - a chance to keep playing.
After being cut by the Redskins on March 4 after suffering a season-ending triceps injury last September, Thomas received a call from Bill Parcells on Wednesday morning, and was in Miami practicing with his new teammates by 2 p.m.
When Parcells was with the Jets, he drafted Thomas in the second round in 1999. Parcells told Thomas that he has a shot to make the Dolphins' 53-man roster.
Thomas also played for current Dolphins offensive coordinator Dan Henning while with the Jets. Thomas is temporarily replacing Nate Garner, who is out for eight weeks with a broken foot.
"They told me to come in and compete and earn a spot. Nothing is given," Thomas said. "That's probably why I played 11 years. I never thought I had a spot. I always worked to get it."
Thomas said he is rusty and behind his new teammates in terms of learning the playbook, but, "I didn't forget how to hit people."