Next on our 50th anniversary celebration of the Miami Dolphins organization, we have an interview with former Miami Dolphins tight end Troy Drayton. Troy was a nine-year veteran in the NFL, spending the majority of his career with the Rams and of course the Miami Dolphins. He spent the 2000 season with the Kansas City Chiefs, and in 2001, he spent the offseason with the Green Bay Packers before ultimately deciding to retire.
Drayton caught 243 passes in his career for 2645 yards and 24 touchdowns, and he eventually became a good blocker and came to appreciate the intricacies of playing all aspects of the tight end position.
Drayton today is a member of the Miami Dolphins radio show TheFinsiders, and often comes in to give his opinions on what the Dolphins organization is doing. He also has a completely unbiased opinion towards the tight end position. I hope the sarcasm was notable.
He also works for the organization as the Manager of Youth and Community Affairs and can almost always be found at the several community events the Dolphins host every single season. He also holds Junior Training Camp Drills twice a week. Every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the school year he goes to a different school and helps students learn the importance of being "Dolfit" and staying in school.
Luis Sung: What is your greatest memory from your career as a Miami Dolphin?
TD: I think my favorite memory of the Dolphins is the day that I signed. But I also have a memory where I scored a touchdown on the field, and I gave that ball to a kid who had cancer. To me, that was my favorite moment. But I think the day that I signed with the Dolphins, the fact that this franchise is so storied and I had a chance to catch passes from the greatest quarterback that's ever played the game, everything about the organization is class, and for me, I couldn't be prouder than to be a part of an organization like this, that's a strong thing for me.
LS: What memorable stories do you have that you look back on today and they give you a laugh?
TD: I have one story but it was off the field. Me and Dan (Marino) lived next door to each other, and his kids came by the house - and I had just moved in or whatever the case may be - the kids came by and knocked on the door and I didn't purchase any candy, so I left the lights off and the kids still knocked on the door.
So I was like 'Aww man I don't have any candy, I'm sorry.' So they came back - ding-dong - Dan's kids, they were like 'My daddy says if you don't give us any candy he's not gonna throw you the football.' I was like 'Hold on one second.' So I went to the refrigerator, I found them some stuff, gave them a couple bucks, it was all in good fun. Dan laughed, I laughed, I always tell that story but I think that's the kind of story that people don't know about Dan and how funny he is."
LS: The first fifty years have been great for the organization. What are you hoping fans will see about the organization going forward into the next fifty years?
TD: How special this organization is and how special the leadership of this organization is. The leadership that's in place really cares about the community, they really care about making sure we make an impact not only on the field but off the field and in the community. We're truly involved in this community, and we're truly vested in the community, that's something I think they're gonna see more and more.
We have an owner that's truly committed to the community as well, but he's committed to bringing more Super Bowls here to Miami. Not just the Super Bowl itself, but he wants to bring those championships here to Miami. I think every single day he's hired the right people to get us to that point where we're competing for championships every single year.