A three-year starter at Ole Miss, Todd Wade snagged first-team All-SEC and second-team All-America honors his senior season before the Miami Dolphins selected him in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft (the team’s first draft choice that year). Wade immediately became a fixture at right tackle for the Dolphins, starting 63 of the team’s 64 regular season contests and three playoff games during his four years in Miami. Along the way, he was selected to the NFL’s All-Rookie Team in 2000 and helped lead the way for three 1,000-yard rushing seasons (Lamar Smith in 2000 and Ricky Williams in 2002 & 2003). Wade would play in four more NFL seasons, including two in Houston and two in Washington. In The Tank, Todd provides insight on playing with both Williams and Smith, discusses scuba diving adventures with Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor that may have gone too far, fondly recalls the characters in the Dolphins offensive line room, reflects on epic training camp brawls with the Dolphins defensive line, reveals his Marvel alter ego, and in a Fish Tank first, goes into full karaoke mode to close the show.
A Baltimore native who played his college football in Warren, New Jersey, Keith Sims would go on to enjoy a standout career as a left guard at Iowa Sate University, which would ultimately land him in the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame. In 1990, looking to bolster their offensive line and protect franchise quarterback Dan Marino, the Miami Dolphins selected Sims in the second round of the NFL Draft after also taking left tackle Richmond Webb with their first-round selection. For the next decade, Sims and Webb would anchor the Dolphins offensive line and earn multiple trips to the Pro Bowl, with Sims reaching that height three times from 1993 to 1995. In The Tank, Keith shares how much he enjoyed making up half of the Fins 1-2 punch on the offensive line alongside Richmond Webb for so many years, explains why it might make more sense to take a cab instead of a limo to a game against the Buffalo Bills of the 1990s, recalls a meal that nearly led to him missing the team’s flight to Tokyo, and opens up about his struggles with weight and depression following his playing career. Keith also shares how, along with his wife and children, he tours the country as the Soulful RV Family.
Jason Cole is a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector who has covered the NFL since 1992, when he began as a Miami Dolphins beat reporter for the Sun-Sentinel. In addition to the Sentinel, he has worked for The Miami Herald, Yahoo! Sports, Bleacher Report, and Fansided, where he served as Editor in Chief. Cole has authored or co-authored seven books, including his most recent project, Elway: A Relentless Life. In The Tank, Jason shares some of his favorite Zach Thomas stories, reveals the events that led to Gene Atkins taking a shot at him in the Dolphins locker room, provides his side of the story of Jimmy Johnson’s expletive-filled rant following one of his articles, and how he reacted to it, and tries to justify why he is releasing a John Elway book on Dan Marino’s birthday.
Following a stand-out career at Arizona State University, Trace Armstrong played his final season at the University of Florida, where he was recognized as a first-team All-American. Armstrong was selected by the Chicago Bears as the 11 th overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft and he joined a defensive line that featured Richard Dent, Dan Hampton, and William “The Refrigerator” Perry. Armstrong played six seasons in Chicago, racking up 42 sacks and multiple player of the week and month awards. In 1995, the Miami Dolphins traded for Armstrong, and he would go on to play six seasons in Miami, tallying 56.5 sacks, including a career-high 16.5 on his way to a Pro Bowl nod in 2000. In The Tank, Trace, recalls how his early years in Chicago helped to shape the rest of his career, explains why he and Dolphins linebackers Zach Thomas and Larry Izzo were so close despite his role in their swimming debacle on Ft. Lauderdale beach, shares some of his all-time favorite locker room pranks, and sheds some light on how his role as NFLPA President was as important to him as his on-field work and ultimately helped lead him to his current career as a sports agent.
A South Florida native, Twan Russell played football and ran track at St. Thomas Aquinas High School before playing college ball at the University of Miami and ultimately having the opportunity to play professionally in his hometown as a member of the Miami Dolphins, where he was a special teams standout. Following a seven-year career that also included stints in Washington and Atlanta, Twan returned to the Miami Dolphins to oversee the team’s Youth Programs. Diving in with OJ and Seth, Twan recalls an awkward draft day moment with the Detroit Lions, tells his side of the story originally told in The Tank by David Bowens, explains why he’s still waiting for Larry Izzo to pay up on old lottery winnings, and provides continued evidence of Zach Thomas’ greatness.