Born and raised in Miami, Vernon Carey starred at Northwestern Senior High School before helping to make up one of the most decorated rosters in college football history at the University of Miami. Carey completed the South Florida football trifecta when the Miami Dolphins selected the offensive lineman in the first round of the 2004 draft, and he remained a Dolphin for the entirety of his eight-year NFL career.
In the tank, Vernon reflects upon fiercely competitive Miami Hurricanes practices (1:44) and working the parking lots for Dolphins games as a teenager (7:32). He shares what it was like to block for Ricky Williams (8:30), especially during the early success of the Wildcat (12:11), and clarifies his motivation behind giving close friend Channing Crowder his “welcome to the NFL” moment (14:35). Vernon also details his in-flight run-in with Keith Traylor (16:25) and explains the challenges and benefits of facing Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Jason Taylor in practice (24:46). Finally, Vernon shares why his sons chose basketball over football (27:12), opens up about the responsibility of being a #GirlDad (30:26), and discusses his vision for the Carey Family Foundation (34:30).
Contributors to this episode include Sean Todd aka DJ Prēc and Miami Dolphins Productions.
Theme song created and performed by The Honorable SoLo D.