Born and raised in Fort Pierce, Florida, Anthony Harris took his talents to the Southeastern Conference where he played linebacker at Auburn University. Despite his success at Auburn, Harris went undrafted in 1996 before signing with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent, benefitting from first-year Fins head coach Jimmy Johnson’s commitment to youth and speed. Harris worked his way into the starting lineup for the final three games of his rookie year and became a full-time starter in 1997. Upon retirement at the conclusion of the 1999 season, Harris remained in South Florida where he began a lifetime commitment to working with youth.
In The Tank, Anthony fondly recalls his rookie year in a linebacker room that included fellow rookies Zach Thomas, Larry Izzo and O.J. Brigance. He details his penchant for challenging veteran players to high stakes running races that attracted major attention from his teammates, shares the story behind the biggest moment of his career, which involved a critical fourth-down stop of Hall of Fame running back, Marcus Allen, and explains the secret behind his death grip of a handshake.
One might find it hard to believe that a small-town Wisconsin kid could be come an All-Pro NFL linebacker – in Miami no less! – but that is exactly what John Offerdahl did. Offerdahl received just one Division I offer following high school, a partial scholarship to Western Michigan University. It didn’t take long for the partial to become a full scholarship, nor did it take long for Offerdahl to become a four-year starter, team leader, three-time All-MAC player, and second-team All American. It was his performance in the 1986 Senior Bowl, however, that truly peaked the interest of NFL scouts as Offerdahl’s goal line stops against Heisman Trophy-winning folk hero Bo Jackson helped him earn the game’s Defensive MVP award. Don Shula’s Miami Dolphins were impressed enough to use their first selection in the NFL draft on Offerdahl and he did not disappoint. In his rookie season, Offerdahl was selected to the Pro Bowl, named a second-team All Pro, and shared NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. The Pro Bowl became a second home for Offerdahl as Shula’s defensive captain was named to the all star game in each of his first five seasons. When he wasn’t knocking down running backs, Offerdahl tackled the restaurant industry, building Offerdahl’s Bagel Gourmet into a 10-store mini empire and eventually selling the business to what would become Einstein Bros. Five years after the sale, he re-entered the restaurant industry opening what is now called Offerdahl’s Off the Grill.
In The Tank, John vividly details his head-on meetings with Bo Jackson, shares how he handled an epic Don Shula expletive-filled rant, explains how a contract hold out also may have helped prepare him for the restaurant business, and discusses how his desire for, and receptiveness to, good coaching has shaped his life in many ways.
Wes Welker has been underestimated for most of his life…and what a mistake that has been! Despite a spectacular high school career for which he was named the Oklahoma State Player of the Year as a senior, the 5-9 Welker did not receive a single college offer until a Texas Tech recruit backed out of his scholarship at the last minute. As a Red Raider, Welker quickly earned the nickname “The Natural” and over four years, hauled in 21 receiving touchdowns, two rushing TDs, and set then-NCAA records for punt return yards (1,761) and punt return touchdowns (8), but did not receive an invite to the NFL combine, and went undrafted in 2004. Welker signed with the San Diego Chargers as a free agent and made the team’s final 53-man roster, only to be released after the first game of the season. The Miami Dolphins signed Welker and he became an immediate cult hero in South Florida. Initially shining as a special teams standout (and still holding several team records in the kicking game), Welker quickly became a valuable contributor to the Dolphins offense as well. The New England Patriots traded for Welker prior to the 2007 season, and he rewarded them by becoming one of the most productive wide receivers in NFL history, leading the league in receptions in 2007, 2009, and 2011, earning five Pro Bowl nods, and finishing his career with 16,797 all-purpose yards and nearly 15 NFL records.
Wes dove in with OJ and Seth prior to the 2021 NFL Draft and discussed his Cherokee heritage, explains a helmet-sized initiation into the Dolphins locker room, fondly recalls attending an outrageous bar mitzvah with Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas, shares how he pulled Tom Brady and Bill Belichick into an epic prank of fellow former Dolphin Larry Izzo, and reveals his thoughts on whether or not he deserves a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Emmy-nominated ESPN Reporter and “Bangy Dangy” house party legend returns to The Tank and he’s not holding back! Dissatisfied with the download ranking of his previous appearance on the show (and even more dissatisfied with the fact that Seth IS satisfied with the ranking), Darlington dives in with the same fervor that has made him one of the top NFL reporters in the business.
In this episode, Jeff gives us an inside look at the mindset of journalists as it relates to developing relationships with players, commitment to accuracy, and even the current trend of postgame interviews on zoom. He also sheds light on the Dolphins 2005 team rallying cry, “Why Not Us?,” reflects on how the rest of the sports world reacted to his reports that Tom Brady would not return to the New England Patriots prior to the 2020 NFL season, explains how his refusal to plan for just about anything resulted in a shared hotel room night with fellow writer Jason Cole, and looks to one-up long-time friend, Channing Crowder, with a Matt Roth story of his own.
He’s baaaack!!! Channing Crowder sets a Fish Tank record as dives in for the third time, picking up right where he left off. Since joining OJ and Seth several years ago, the former Miami Dolphins and Florida Gators linebacker has exponentially grown his own multimedia career with his role on the I AM ATHLETE Podcast, which he co-hosts along with Brandon Marshall, Fred Taylor and Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.
In this episode, Channing provides a behind the scenes look at the hit show, shares his passion for fishing, recalls a moshpit-level scuffle in a London nightclub, and makes sure not to leave without blessing us with another Matt Roth tale.
Contributors to this episode include Sean “DJ Prec” Todd and Dolphins Productions.
Theme song created and performed by The Honorable SoLo D.
If there is one thing the Huard family knows, it’s quarterback play! Born in Yakima, Washington and raised in Puyallup, Damon Huard was one of three brothers (Brock and Luke) who played Division I college football, with both Damon and Brock also enjoying NFL careers. Although he finished college as the Washington Huskies’ all-time passing leader, Huard went undrafted in 1996, eventually signing with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent. Huard was waived in training camp and spent the entire year out of football before Jimmy Johnson brought him to South Florida and his professional football journey would truly begin.
In The Tank, Damon explains what it was like to have played with both Dan Marino and Tom Brady, provides the amazing details surrounding his “coming out party” after replacing Marino mid-game in a thrilling come-from-behind victory against the New England Patriots, reveals the real story behind Olindo Mare’s 1999 Pro Bowl season, and discusses the quarterback competition with Jay Fiedler prior to 2000.
Contributors to this episode include Sean “DJ Prec” Todd and Dolphins Productions.
Theme song created and performed by The Honorable SoLo D.
DNA Extraction proves beneficial in a multitude of areas including forensics, ancestry tracking, genetic engineering, and in the case of the Ferguson family…long snapping ability! While big brother, Reid, may have set the tone, Blake Ferguson has clearly flexed his long snapping genetics, helping the LSU Tigers to a National Championship in 2020, being selected by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round of the NFL Draft later that year, and executing precision snaps for each kick Dolphins All-Pro Kicker Jason Sanders made last season.
In The Tank, Blake discusses the important, but nearly anonymous role of an NFL Long Snapper, the Ferguson family scouting prowess and white board heroics, and the After The Snap podcast Blake and Reid recently launched. Speaking of scouting, Blake also shares the first five active Dolphins players he would draft if starting a basketball team and sheds some perspective on living life as a Type 1 Diabetic.
Take one look at Raekwon Davis’ imposing 6-7, 330 lb presence and it’s hard to imagine a scenario where he did not stand out in a crowd. It wasn’t until Alabama head coach Nick Saban stumbled upon the Meridian, Mississippi native, however, that Davis transformed from virtual unknown to a starter on the Crimson Tide’s SEC Championship defense as a true freshman in 2016. By 2017, the big man was a National Champion. Miami Dolphins General Manager, Chris Grier and Head Coach, Brian Flores selected Davis in the second round of the 2020 Draft and he rewarded them with 40 tackles in 12 starts, landing a spot on the PFWA All-Rookie Team.
In The Tank, Raekwon discusses his humble beginnings, including two mentors at Meridian High School who remain a huge part of his life today. He also explains a strange Twitter hack, provides his perspective on “Big Man Etiquette,” and invites OJ and Seth to visit the Miami Dolphins stunning new Baptist Health Training Complex as his guests.
Born and raised in East St. Louis, Ill., Bryan Cox attended Western Illinois University where he was named as a first-team All-America selection by the Football Gazette as a senior. Cox was drafted in the fifth round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins and made an immediate impact, starting 13 games as a rookie and making a name for himself with his toughness and physical, aggressive style of play. In his second year, Cox recorded 14 sacks and earned the first of three Pro Bowl selections over the course of his five seasons in Miami, during which time he was a team leader and mentor to many of his teammates, ultimately being selected as one of the Top 50 players in franchise history. In The Tank, Bryan fondly recalls his hometown of East St. Louis, shares his deep admiration and respect for former Dolphins Head Coach Don Shula, and explains his departure from South Florida prior to the 1996 season. Bryan also recants his epic rivalry with the Buffalo Bills, candidly explains why he feels he should be a member of the team’s Honor Roll, and takes an introspective look at his coaching career.
Olindo Mare was born in South Florida and attended Cooper City High School, less than five miles away from the Miami Dolphins Training Facility in Davie, where he would spend a decade rewriting the team’s record books. Mare’s journey to reach his destiny was not a traditional one, however. The son of Italian immigrants, Mare’s first love was soccer and it wasn’t until he and a friend witnessed an uninspired performance by their high school kicker that they decided to try out for the football team during his junior season. Mare did not immediately receive a scholarship, and played for MacMurray College in Illinois before he and his father made their own kicking video that compelled the Syracuse Orange to give Olindo a shot. Mare went undrafted in 1995, but was signed to the New York Giants practice squad, where he would spend an entire season before Jimmy Johnson gave him a chance to compete for a starting role prior to the Dolphins 1996 training camp, and opportunity that would lead to a decorated 16-year NFL career. In The Tank, “Lindo” recalls kicking in an overgrown field at light posts, being inspired by a Pete Stoyanovich poster years before ultimately meeting the former Dolphins kicker, his unique relationship with Fins Special Teams Coach, Mike Westhoff, and what he refers to the most special time of his career in which he teamed with Dolphins legends including Dan Marino, Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas, Sam Madison, Patrick Surtain, and others.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jordan found a home with the street gang, The Bloods, around the same time he found football. Despite being shot, spending time in jail, and playing less than one season at Long Beach City College, he worked his way on to the Los Angeles Raiders roster in 1993 and enjoyed an eight-year professional career. Prior to the 1996 season, Jimmy Johnson signed Charles to a three-year contract, during which time he teamed with Dan Marino and our very own O.J. McDuffie. In The Tank, Charles candidly shares details from his early gang life, explains how Hall of Famers James Lofton and Howie Long helped him earn opportunities with the Raiders and then the Dolphins, and reflects on life lessons he wished he had learned sooner.
While working as an artist in the Miami Herald newsroom in the early 1970s, Dave Cross took up photography as a hobby and began shooting Miami Dolphins games. Dave’s hobby developed into a passion, which ultimately led to a job offer from the NFL franchise. In 1984, Cross accepted and became the Dolphins’ official team photographer, a position he would hold for the next 30 years. Charged with preserving the team’s visual history, Cross has photographed every Dolphin from Bob Griese to Dan Marino; Larry Csonka to Ricky Williams; Bill Stanfill to Jason Taylor. While in The Tank, Dave explains how he made the transition from newspaper man to team photographer, reluctantly recalls a time where he forgot to put film in his camera before photographing Jimmy Johnson and his coaching staff, and details his journey with the 1972 Dolphins on their trip to the White House. Dave was also married on the team charter returning from Don Shula’s 325 th coaching victory, gave Harley Davidson riding lessons the Dave Wannstedt, and is a dead ringer for former Notre Dame head coach, Lou Holtz.
Raised in Oakland, California, Davone Bess starred at Skyline High School under the direction of Oakland area coaching legend, John Beam. Bess received a scholarship offer to Oregon State, however a post-graduation arrest led to the loss of his scholarship and more than a year in the Byron Boys Ranch Juvenile Facility. With help from Coach Beam, Bess overcame the odds and ultimately attended the University of Hawaii, where he would set school records with 293 receptions and 41 touchdowns in just three seasons. Despite his success at Hawaii, Bess went undrafted in 2008 and signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent. Bess not only made the team, but finished the regular season with 54 receptions, second most in NFL history for an undrafted rookie wideout. In one of the most powerful Fish Tank episodes to date, Davone candidly shares the details of his arrest after high school, as well as the lessons he learned while incarcerated. He fondly recalls his days with the Miami Dolphins, including barbeques at Paul Soliai’s house, and the camaraderie he shared with fellow wide receivers Ted Ginn, Jr. and Greg Camarillo. Davone is also extremely honest and vulnerable as he opens up about his post career struggles with depression.
While not widely recruited out of Tuscaloosa High School, a chance film room discovery by Bear Bryant led to Bob Baumhower playing on the defensive line for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Baumhower helped lead the Tide to a 31-4 record during his college career while earning consecutive All-SEC honors in 1975 and 1976. The Miami Dolphins took Bob in the second round of the 1977 NFL Draft and he was thrust into the starting lineup, making an immediate impact at nose tackle as a rookie. Baumhower would play his entire nine-year career in Miami, playing in 130 games with 129 starts, earning five Pro Bowl nods and five All-Pro selections (2 first-team; 3 second team) as well as he anchored the Fins Killer B’s defense of the 1980s. In 2008, he was inducted into the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll. In The Tank, Bob shared his unlikely path to the University of Alabama and how one conversation with the legendary Bear Bryant changed his life. He also recalled some rookie hazing from Dolphins great Manny Fernandez, enjoying the fun and sun of South Florida with the likes of Mark Duper, Nat Moore, and Hugh Green, partnering with Joe Namath in his first experience in the restaurant business that would lead to a life-long post-football career, and a trip to Lion Country Safari that resulted in an unexpected house pet.
Standing 6 ft. 5 in. and weighing more than 230 pounds, Brandon Marshall looks more defensive end than wide receiver, which is exactly why he was nicknamed “The Beast” during his prolific 13-year NFL career. Another reason for this moniker is his monstrous stat line, which includes 970 receptions for 12,351 yards and 83 touchdowns. While Marshall began his career with the Denver Broncos, the Miami Dolphins traded for the wideout in 2010 following three consecutive 100+ reception seasons and two Pro Bowl selections. It was in Miami, however, that Marshall’s off the field and personal challenges drove him to seek help, ultimately leading to a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). In The Tank, Brandon recalls his difficulties in Miami and candidly shares a conversation with Ricky Williams that led him down the path of recovery. He openly and honestly evaluates his role as a teammate and leader, including an incident with former Dolphins first-round draft choice Vontae Davis. Brandon also discusses his philanthropic work in the mental health space, and two of his latest endeavors in House of Athlete and the I Am Athlete Podcast.
A native of Reserve, Louisiana, A.J. Duhe followed a legendary high school career by becoming one of the top players in the Southeastern Conference at LSU. In 1977, the Miami Dolphins selected Duhe with the 13 th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft and he did not disappoint, tallying 83 tackles and seven sacks to be named the 1977 Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Duhe would play his entire eight-year professional career with the Dolphins as both a defensive end and linebacker, earning Pro Bowl honors in his final season of 1984. He is best remembered, however, for his performance in the 1982 AFC Championship game in the Orange Bowl against the New York Jets. In that game, Duhe snagged three interceptions, returning one 35 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal Miami’s 14-0 victory and a trip to Super Bowl XVII. In The Tank, A.J. shares his passion for food that may also come with a bit of individuality, recalls how tough Don Shula was, but also how much he respects the legendary Dolphins Head Coach, explains where he fit in among the Killer B’s Defense, and offers some marriage advice that only a man married 40 years can provide.
After turning down Harvard to walk on at Stanford, Greg Camarillo signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2005. While with the Chargers, Camarillo was relegated to special teams duties, however in 2007, former Chargers offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, took the helm in Miami and claimed Greg off of waivers. Camarillo caught just 8 passes for 160 yards that season, however one of those catches became the play that would define his seven-year NFL career. The Dolphins begin the ’07 season with 13 consecutive losses but on December 16, Miami quarterback Cleo Lemon connected with Camarillo on a 64-yard touchdown pass in overtime against the Baltimore Ravens, clinching the team’s first and only win of the season. In The Tank, Greg reflects on his game winning catch that has cemented his place in Dolphins history, sharing what led up to that moment and how that singular play has impacted the rest of his life. He also opens up about the difficulties of being traded, the importance of having a parking pass when entering Hard Rock Stadium on game day, being inspired by words of wisdom from Michael Jordan, and explains why he is a legend of O.J. McDuffie’s Grand Ghoul Halloween event.
Born in Detroit, Bart Scott overcame long odds to star at Southern Illinois University. Scott was not selected in the 2002 NFL Draft and eventually signed with the Baltimore Ravens, quickly becoming a special teams standout. Following a Ray Lewis injury in 2005, Scott saw his playing time and production increase, a prelude to the best season in his career the following year. In 2006, Scott started every game for the Ravens, finishing with a career-high 145 tackles, 9.5 sacks and two interceptions en route to a Pro Bowl appearance. From 2009 through 2012, Scott played for the New York Jets, eventually teaming with Miami Dolphins legend, Jason Taylor, in 2010. Upon his retirement from football, Scott began a successful media career, including a two-year stint on The NFL Today on CBS as well as his current role as a mid-day host on ESPN New York radio. In this episode, Bart becomes the first person with no Miami Dolphins affiliation to dive in The Fish Tank. He reveals what he believes to be the Dolphins secret weapon, shares a behind-the-scenes look at how the 2008 Baltimore Ravens become the most successful defenders of Miami’s Wildcat offense but also remembers with great disdain what it felt like to lose to the 0-13 Dolphins in 2007. Finally, Bart gives OJ and Seth the real story behind his famous “Can’t Wait” moment.
Keith Jackson, a 2001 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, played for the University of Oklahoma from 1984 to 1987, twice earning consensus All-America honors, while also helping the Sooners earn a National Championship in 1985. Buddy Ryan and the Philadelphia Eagles made Jackson the 13 th overall selection in the 1988 NFL Draft and did not disappoint, being selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons in Philly. Jackson joined the Miami Dolphins on September 29, 1992, ending an extended holdout from the Eagles and becoming a pioneer in the National Football League’s free agency process. The All-Pro tight end wasted little time in becoming one of Dan Marino’s favorite targets, as well as a fan favorite, hauling in a 24-yard touchdown pass against the Buffalo Bills just five days after he signed with Miami. In his three seasons with the Dolphins, Jackson tallied 146 receptions for 1,880 yards and 18 TDs and was selected to the Pro Bowl twice. During his visit in The Fish Tank, Jackson fondly reflects on his tenure in Miami, particularly his appreciation for Marino, while also discussing the challenges he faced with the Dolphins’ weekly weigh-ins, his efforts to help a young McDuffie manage his own expectations, and shares a poignant homage to the late, great Don Shula.
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.