Photo Courtesy of and provided by Todd Wade and The Miami Dolphins. Email permission was provided by Wade.
Yesterday, we began a conversation with former Miami Dolphin tackle Todd Wade. He touched on his career and the current offensive line woes of his first NFL team. Today, we delve into his time with Ricky Williams and his post-football activities. Quite fitting with the news today of the Fins o-line woes of tackle Jonathan Martin being out "sick" and missing tonight's game with Cincy.
MD101: You mentioned blocking for Ricky Williams and the success of the team in those days.
TW: In 2002, we led the league in rushing. I remember Ricky having at least three 200 yard rushing games, which is really impressive.
MD101: What was it like being a teammate with Ricky Williams?
TW: I enjoyed it. When all that stuff happened, I had just left. I can speak for the year before in 2003. We had been picked to make it to the Super Bowl. We opened the season in Houston and didn't run the ball very well. Well, our second game we were forcing the run. What I'd noticed during the off-season we had doubled up our running plays that we had from the season before. Coaches can almost out-coach themselves in preparation sometimes. They were trying to get too creative and think like an offensive mind so you start getting a lot of blitzes.
Thirty-six power was one of our main plays and it gets stopped for no gain. Your coordinator is looking at a list with double the amount of plays, it's going to take awhile to get back to that play. So you're bouncing around and you don't get that cohesive rushing feeling with the offensive line and the running backs where you get a handle on the blitz packages and things being thrown at you. The first four or five games we were doing that and then we simplified it and went back to what we had been doing and started to run the ball really well. Back earlier, we had played a game in September and Ricky rushed like 40 times for 103 yards (42 for 153). That's a lot of carries and not showing much for it. We ran a lot but Ricky was a little hurt but he was ok. We were probably in the top three that year in rushing. But the following year, I'm not there, Tim Ruddy's not there, Perry's not there – the only returning starter was a rookie. So they basically lost the whole offensive line and they tried to basically do the same thing. They lost a lot of staples on that team and they really did poorly (4-12). And I think he decided to just check out. I'm not making excuses for him. It was pretty much a disaster. But Ricky was really a good guy. He was quiet and kept to himself. He got characterized as rude but he was tough as nails. He was also a heck of a blocker and really smart. He was never late to a meeting but it seemed like he was the last one coming in. He always had his helmet off in the huddle working on his chinstrap trying to get it adjusted while Jay (Fiedler) is calling the play. He would be trying to snap his helmet together and he'd be sitting back there while Jay's under center and he'd start putting his helmet on and by the time he clicked his last snap the ball was snapped. Everything he did was on time. But if you put somebody like me in that situation – I'm freaking out and not able to get my helmet on because I'm freaking out.
Ricky had that cool demeanor about him. That's just the way he was. But with all the marijuana issues he had – I was unaware of it. Obviously, he had some issues with it but I don't think that's the reason he stepped out of football. I think he lost the love for the game. Surprisingly, he came back and played for a long time.
MD101: What was the favorite part of your career?
TW: The first part. I enjoyed my teammates in Miami more than anywhere. I enjoyed my coaches. We had the most success there. And that's when I was the most hungriest as a player. We had a really competitive environment there. We had good leaders, everyone did their role realy well and there wasn't much drama. Everyone was pretty tight.
MD101: What all are your hobbies these days?
TW: Because I do fly, I'll fly to North Carolina, Denver, Key West, the Bahamas three times. I'm a VFR (visual flight rules) pilot and studying for my IFR (instrument flight rules) right now. My instructor says I'm one of the most daring VFR pilots he's ever seen. Not in a dangerous way but you don't see VFR pilots want to fly that far.
I enjoy going places and exploring. I ran for mayor of Oxford – I lost – but it was educational.
(Wade worked and continues to work on infrastructure ideas for the college community as it grows.)
I take my scuba gear and do a good bit of saltwater fishing. I went spear fishing with Hunter Goodwin this past March. Of all my passions are saltwater related.
Thanks for stopping by, Todd.
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