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.