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.