By: Jason Sarney
The Miami Dolphins added veteran leadership from a familiar source in last week’s free agency binge. Former New England center and current Miami Dolphin, Ted Karras, is joining friends down south.
Karras was a Patriot from the start of his career and was drafted in 2016 in the 6th round as the 221st overall pick. Karras is looking forward to getting down to Miami and meeting his old friends and new teammates once the world gets back to normal.
When the current pandemic is over, Karras will see "familiar faces," like Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts and a Patriot from a few seasons ago, and yet another new Miami linebacker, Kamu Grugier-Hill.
Karras, who is a leader in his own right, comes to Miami to anchor the line at Center, and no doubt provide mentor-ship and tutelage to younger linemen. Karras himself is a current student, finishing up his degree in business administration.
In terms of reuniting with his former coach in Flores, Karras said, "he's intense and he is prepared to win."
Karras added, "I really respect Coach Flores and I'm glad to be in his organization."
Karras knows firsthand that Flores is a coach who can improve a team quickly, as he was asked about the Dolphins from earlier in the season as a rival, versus their Week 17 contest when he was still a Patriot up in New England.
Karras said while speaking as a former New England center, "Obvious improvement; we (NE) lost the last game." "Was a tough lose for us."
He added in praising his new head coach, “"I think [Coach Flores] is a smart tough coach...." "I am very much looking forward to practicing and playing in his organization."
There was certainly familiarity with being in front of the lense, as Karras is taking Zoom courses while earning that degree while his genes carry entertainment and film credits.
Karras is the nephew of the late Alex Karras who was a former NFL great as a Pro Bowl defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions & then actor. You can tell the Karras personality is with Ted, as he was engaging and showed lots of excitement to reunite with Flores as well as those familiar faces.
Speaking of a familiar face, just watch legendary comedy Blazing Saddles to see his uncle as "Mongo," or remember a simpler time in life when Ted’s uncle played the man of the house in Webster, as the iconic TV character, George Papadapolis.
The Dolphins are hoping the nephew of the former NFL great can have similar success in Miami!
Join us at 1:30 PM on Twitter when cornerback Byron Jones meets and greets the Miami media!