This afternoon, it occurred to me that Miami has held the #16 pick in the draft twice before. In 1987 and 1988. And who did they draft with these picks?
Why that would be DE John Bosa out of Boston College in 1987. He lasted "a Marino."
And then they followed that up in 1988 with DE Eric Kumerow out of THE Ohio State University. His tenure was more like Cecil Collins, though it did not end in quite the same way.
Miami was desperate for a dominant defensive lineman, and Shula reached for each of them. Both were hampered by injuries, and fans turned on them quickly.
And the two became inexorably linked in Dolphin lore. So much so that they started an athletic club together, and to my knowledge, still maintain the partnership in the club.
And that's why I say I hope the karma is better this time around.
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