Through the first three games of this season, Miami Dolphins defensive end
“It’s really an honor, I couldn’t do it obviously without the guys around me,” Wake said. “I think, when these individual honors come out, it shows what kind of guys you have around you. Everybody knows that, as a pass rusher, your best friends are the guys behind you. Your DBs (defensive backs) have these receivers covered. The big guys in the middle take two and you can get one and they kind of make your job a little easier. I think this truly is not just an individual honor, but it’s kind of a testament to the way these guys play defense, everybody on Miami’s side.”
Wake’s 43 sacks in his first four seasons with the Dolphins are the most by any player in their first four seasons in franchise history. He has moved into seventh-place on the Dolphins all-time sack list this season.
“I want to congratulate Cam on his well-deserved honor,” Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “I am sure he will represent the Miami Dolphins in a first class manor when he is in Hawaii.”
Back in 2010, Wake racked up 14 sacks in his first full season as a starting outside linebacker and started for the AFC. He has one game left at the New England Patriots this Sunday to try and catch Jason Taylor and Bill Stanfill for the most sacks in a single season. Both of those men reached 18.5, Taylor in 2002 and Stanfill in 1973.
Taylor served as Wake’s mentor back in 2009 when he was signed as a free agent out of the Canadian Football League after being out of football for two years. That first season he managed 5.5 sacks as a role player backing up Taylor and Joey Porter and now he is being mentioned in the same breath as the future Hall-of-Famer.
“I didn’t even realize that but to even be mentioned in the company of those guys is an honor,” Wake said. “Obviously, I know Jason Taylor very well having played with the guy and he was an amazing football player and an amazing presence. I mean if you think about, three or four years ago who would have ever thought I’d be mentioned with him because in 2006 I was sitting on the couch watching the games. So to go from there to here is truly an amazing feeling.”