Famous Fins Fan: Udonis Haslem

Posted Mar 2, 2012

Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem starred at Miami Senior High School where he helped lead the school to state titles in 1997 and 1998 (the last of three in a row). Haslem played college basketball for the University of Florida, where he was a key member of four Florida Gators NCAA tournament teams. He played professional basketball in France for a year, and then signed with the Miami Heat as an undrafted free agent in 2003. Haslem won an NBA championship with the Heat in 2006, scoring 17 points in the title-clinching game 6 against the Dallas Mavericks.

In this exclusive interview with, Haslem shares the story of his favorite Dolphins memory, which Dolphin player could best make it in the NBA and which position he feels he would be best at if he were to try his skills in the NFL

How long have you been a fan of the Miami Dolphins, and how did you become one?

Udonis Haslem: “My whole life. Growing up in Miami you really didn’t have much of a choice. You rooted for the Hurricanes and the Dolphins and I really didn’t have a choice but to root for the home team like my whole family.”

What is your favorite Dolphins memory, and why?

Haslem: “My favorite memory is from 1993, the Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys. The Dolphins were losing and were kicking about a 41-yard field goal to win the game and the field goal was blocked and everybody just watched the ball and Leon Lett tried to recover it and the Dolphins recovered it on the 1-yard line and ended up kicking the field goal to win the game. He didn’t even have to touch the ball. He should have just left it alone.We were watching it as a family on television and it was funny. We laughed and celebrated.”

How often do you try to make it to Dolphins games, and is there anyone on the team you are very friendly with?

Haslem: “I try to get to Dolphins games when I can but it’s difficult during basketball season. I had a suite a few years ago, but we were just so busy with basketball, so my parents and friends of the family ended up using it a lot more than I did. I usually make it to about 3-5 games a year. It’s just so difficult with basketball. I know Vernon Carey because he’s from Miami and I’m friendly with Kendall Langford because we have the same financial advisor.”

What position would you play for the Dolphins if you were on the team?

Haslem: “I’d probably be a defensive end because I’m a defensive type of guy. I’d probably be a pass rusher but I like to get in on kicks a little bit, too. I played tight end in high school and the reason why I said I’d rather play defensive end is because I’d rather hit somebody than be the guy who’s getting hit all the time.”

Which Dolphins player do you think would make the best basketball player?

Haslem: “I’d probably say Brandon Marshall because he’s pretty athletic.”
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