You will be hard pressed to find someone more likable than Cameron Wake. In addition, you will be hard pressed to find someone who has the work ethic like Wake. Indeed, he is a rare specimen and one that never takes anything for granted. It’s no surprise then that Wake was crediting everyone else besides himself after being selected to his fourth Pro Bowl.
“It’s not something I take for granted. You think about obviously from my mom’s couch to here, every day is a blessing. Every opportunity I get to go out there and play football is something I truly cherish. The reality, there are so many guys out there that make my job much easier, especially guys like Brent Grimes who also got selected and a guy you guys almost never mention, Coach Kacy (Rodgers) who is one of the few people who have seen every single snap I’ve ever taken as a Miami Dolphins from the sideline. He’s been a very huge instrumental part of my success. I know I wouldn’t be the player I am without him. I think it goes to show, a guy like that, who has been through two head coaches, three defensive coordinators and he’s still here. That speaks to his expertise at the position. He’s made tremendous football players, not just myself but others as well.”
In terms of the Miami Dolphins, Wake said that there have been a lot of ups and downs throughout this season but knows that they are very close to cracking the playoffs and becoming one of the best teams in the league.
“t shows we have pieces of the puzzle that are working and just trying to do whatever we can to change the little things that have slipped through our fingers. We’ve had games that one play could go either way, and if those games had gone our way we would be talking about something different. Just the team, as a whole, going out there and fighting and our character, obviously a game like last week where things weren’t necessarily going our way and it could have been one of those games that went the other way, but guys literally drew the line in the sand, came out there, fought and made sure we got the W. I’m expecting to finish the season out in the same way.”
Wake has never made the playoffs in his NFL career and won’t get the chance to do so here in 2014. If he’s back with the Dolphins in 2015, expect him and others to go all-out in an effort to crack the imaginary barrier they’ve had trouble getting past over the last several years.
This article was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs