Written by Matthew Cannata at 8:30 AM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Cameron Wake has always given it 100 percent ever since coming into the NFL. In fact, he still keeps his shower slippers that he wore in the Canadian Football League to remind himself where he came from and also as a reminder that it’s an honor and privilege to be in the NFL.
One of the keys to Wake’s success has been the consistency he has shown every day of practice and every week during games.
“It’s more consistency on day-to-day, play-to-play. I don’t really look at a full season, I don’t really track my stats or anything like that,” Wake said. “I just go out there and on whatever play it is I have to do this particular job and I’m going to do my best to do that. I think when you get those small things taken care of the big things take care of themselves. I just focus on being the best player I can be and maximizing my potential. That’s my biggest fear as a football and as a man, to die with potential. I want to max it out, any opportunity I get.”
During his time with the Miami Dolphins, Wake has never been to the playoffs and he hopes that is something that will change this year. His emotions, like many others, have certainly been played with as there have been many years where we thought the Dolphins were a good team only to fall short of the playoffs. Wake said though that he can’t think about all that and let that get to him. Instead, needs to just go out and play every single day and give it his all.
“Again, I feel like football is a very interesting parallel to life. When you step on the field and you have a job to do and, again, this can be reporting or a CEO of a company or president, whatever, you have to eliminate a lot of things that are going on, whether it’s in your life, on the outside, a screaming fan, 120 degree weather, whatever it may be, you have to focus on your job at hand, or else you won’t be successful at whatever that it is. Football is no different. We have to go out there and again, off the field, on the field, it doesn’t matter necessarily what is going on other than if it has to pertain to your job, throwing the ball, catching the ball, quarterback, running back, defensive end, we all have jobs to do and you have to do it. To me, it’s probably been a roller coaster for you guys who aren’t playing, but for guys who play, we’ve all been very well trained to eliminate distractions or else you probably wouldn’t be on the team at this point by now, you would have been weeded out somewhere along the line. So I’ll let you guys ride the roller coaster, here we stick to our guns and play our game and do our job.”
Wake said that he takes pride in the fact that they are able to keep everybody on their toes and is proud of the passion and intensity he and the others bring each week. Wake is no doubt one of the best defensive lineman in the NFL and he doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.