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Finsiders Mailbag, 6/2/11
By on June 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Questions for Sam Madison about his time playing for the Dolphins…

Chuck Fusca (Facebook): Was there ever a rift between the offensive and defensive players during your era because you felt like they weren’t keeping up with you guys on defense?

Sam Madison: Well, there could have been, but just the way that our defense was built and the type of players that we had, we thought as a unit, that we could beat anybody. Just line us up, put us on the schedule, and we thought we could beat them. We knew our offense didn’t have the same type of firepower that the defense did but there was never any rift. That said, we were very competitive with them during practice, training camp, or whenever else. We knew that they would be ready for any team they’d face after going up against us all week.


@AlbieG (Twitter): Why won’t you make a comeback?

Sam Madison: [Laughs] Oh, man. Really, it’s about putting those extra hours in. Right now, I put in a couple of hours a day just to keep my body healthy and keep it running, but it takes more than that to play in the NFL and I just can’t put my body through those kinds of workouts day in and day out anymore.


Mark Saucedo (Facebook): What was your 40 time?

Sam Madison: Somewhere between a 4.38 and a 4.44, just pick a date [laughs].


Timothy Colvin (Facebook): What made you most proud about being a Dolphin?

Sam Madison: Tim, man, I gotta tell you. It was the way this franchise builds around the community. It was awesome, when I  first got here, to see all the different guys doing things for the community and all the different things that the organization does to raise funds for foundations. All of that is what made me so proud to put on the aqua and orange. Plus, knowing that you’re playing for the only team that went undefeated was an unbelievable feeling. But, yeah, whether on or off the field, you knew you could make this area proud just by being part of the team, that’s so special. It is not like this everywhere you go.


@houredm (Twitter): What do you remember most about the Jacksonville playoff loss [62-7 in January of 2000]?

Sam Madison: Here’s what I really remember thinking: are we really already down 21-0, 28-0, and I haven’t even touched the football field? Turnovers, man. Once I got out there, I just remember telling the guys, “We cannot let them score 100. We just have to make sure they don’t score 100.” Oh man.


Ricky Hechevarria (Facebook): How did it feeling knowing you had three other All-Pro players on the defense (Pat Surtain, Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas)?

Sam Madison: It was great. We all developed with each other. Between ’96, ’97, ’98,that’s when we all came in. We grew and we saw each other grow from young pups and developed into lions and some of the best guys at our positions. It just felt good to see everyone develop, knowing how much work we all put in not only on the football field, but also off the field. We depended on each other so much so it was great to all be together. We all had each other’s backs no matter what.


Elijah Gardiner (Facebook): Sam what was your favorite game you ever played in for the Dolphins?

Sam Madison: Elijah, how about I do you one better? Here are my FIVE favorite games as a Fin!

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