Super Duper Club
- Aug 10, 2008
- Reaction score
- Pattaya, Thailand
http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/sports/football/underdog-griff-whalen-unlike-anyone-on-miami-dolph/nrZP4/Whalen, 26, eats a strict, plant-based diet. Hasn’t touched meat or fish for two years. Swears he isn’t craving a trip to Shula’s Steak House or a detour to a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through. Gets weird looks from teammates when he plops his tray on the table.
“I’m kind of that underdog role,” he says. “I’m looking for anything I can do to give myself an advantage.”
It either works spectacularly or fails miserably. If you’re charting Whalen’s four-year NFL career, you won’t find middle ground.
Dolphins receiver Griff Whalen (18) leaps for a pass during organized team activities at training camp in Davie. (Allen Eyestone / ... read more
He wasn’t drafted and was waived four times by the Colts.
He was the guy Andrew Luck — his ex-roommate at Stanford — looked to when the pressure came.
He made costly fumbles.
Griff Whalen celebrates his 18-yard touchdown with Andrew Luck in the Colts’ 34-27 loss to New England last season.
He made huge plays in the biggest games.
He had the starring role in the most infamous play of the 2015 NFL season — that bizarre fake punt that the New England Patriots stuffed, triggering a week’s worth of national laughter.
He wasn’t to blame for it.
What does this all mean?
He’ll be gone before you know it.
Or he’ll become an underdog darling to root for.
Keep in mind that the Dolphins also have Kenny Stills, have invested two years of teaching in Matt Hazel and just drafted Jakeem Grant and Leonte Carroo.
“I was always, especially the first couple of years, kind of that bubble guy,” Whalen says.
Coach Adam Gase says once you get past Parker and Landry, “If you’re not contributing somehow on special teams and you can’t play multiple positions, it’s going to be tough to make the team.”