Saturday, May 08, 2010

OJ McDuffie

For those of you who didn't know the story, it goes something like this:

OJ was an amazing receiver for the Phins from '93 to about '98. He suffered a toe injury (like a turf toe) in '99, and sought treatment from the team doctor.

Reportedly, the team doctors basically told him he could keep playing with a little rest. He played in a couple of games, and aggravated injury, and ultimately it required surgery and he was forced to retire.

He opened a legal case against the Dolphins and the doctors involved. It dragged on for nearly a decade, and at various points he settled with most of the parties involved.

But amazingly, he never let it sour his passion for the team, and he has attend most (if not every!) game since he retired, sitting in row 1 in the west endzone.

Well, this week, the last of the defendants - team doctor John Uribe - a jury ruled in McDuffie's favor, and he was awarded $11.5 million in damages.

We say good for him because (a) he was always a proud Dolphin, (b) he never let it affect him personally - he almost never talked about it, and (c) his perserverance paid off.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Observations

It appears as though Ryan Grice-Mullen, a one-time team-mate of Davone
Bess will be given the opportunity to be the primary returner on both
punts and kickoffs, and because of Sparano's playing time rules, he
will be offered some opportunity to play with the offense.

That may resolve the need for someone to replace Ted Ginn on the kick
returns; and besides his average in the CFL last season was around 23
yards per return, compared with Ginn's 19 yards per return in the NFL.

On another note, Brandon Marshall still hasn't been assigned a number.
And given the players currently on the roster, his choices are
limited. He's down to #19, #87, and #88, but that could change as
more players are released in training camp.