Guest Blog: Sam Madison (Dolphins CB 1997-2005, 4x Pro Bowl selection)
November 30, 1997: Miami at Oakland
At this point of my rookie season I had recovered from my injury and was playing well on special teams. Playing against one of the best WRs in the NFL in Tim Brown, I got beat for a TD early in the game. I just went back and forgot about. But mad of course. Later, I came up with my first-career NFL INT and returned it 21 yards. It felt like I was in slow motion. Had to grab that.
September 20, 1998: Miami vs. Pittsburgh
It was raining like bands from a hurricane. The field was a wreck and Jerome Bettis was carrying the football to our defensive left. Zach Thomas comes through the hole and meets him and everybody went crazy. The other great thing? It was my first two-interception game. Six more came throughout the rest of the year.
October 17, 1999: Miami at New England
Coming into this game, Terry Glenn was giving the the NFL a face lift. In the first five weeks of the season, he had 43 catches for 617 yards and he was the talk of the NFL. Terrell Buckley got injured at practice on Friday and so Jimmy Johnson steps to me and says you have to cover Terry Glenn all over the field. I held him to ZERO catches in the 31-30 win. The offense was awesome, as they came back from 14-0 down. Great game that day.
November 7, 1999: Miami vs. Tennessee
Dancing on a Sunday night! ’99 was the last year of group celebrations on the field after a big play and in this game I had my most fun: Three interception in the game, but the dancing with all the DB’s on the field was the best. We would do it in practice and just started doing it in the games. But I must tell Jesse that I did leave some cheddar on the field with a dropped pick. So Mad!
This was old-school throwback football. We were able to hold Peyton Manning to 194 yards and just one TD pass, but this game was all about Richmond Webb, Mark Dixon, Tim Ruddy, Kevin Donnalley, Todd Wade, and TE Hunter Goodwin. At the half, the O-line and Dave Wannstedt said we are gonna run it and run it Lamar Smith did. 40 carries for 209 yards and 2 TD’s. It was a very fun game to watch on the big screen of guys bouncing off him. It all capped off with the great overtime win to advance to the second round.
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