Generations: Jared Odrick And Bob Baumhower

Posted Feb 27, 2014

Current and former Dolphins share their views on different football topics. In this edition, a pair of defensive tackles, Jared Odrick and Honor Roll member Bob Baumhower (1977-86), share their thoughts on their toughest opponents, most memorable career moments and offseason activities.

Who is/was the toughest offensive lineman you’ve faced?

Jared Odrick: “Jake Long. He’s got those long arms; he can hit you from about five feet away.”

Bob Baumhower: “The toughest offensive lineman I ever faced was probably Mike Webster. He had a competitive mentality. He was also somebody who prepared in all aspects of the game, whether it was through strength and conditioning, and was always in great shape. He had the physical tools — strong, quick, smart and he was very competitive. He was the kind of guy who would sprint up to the line, stick out his hand and shake your hand and say, ‘Hey, have a good one,’ and then proceed to try to kick your tail. It made it fun.”

Who sets/set the bar at your position?

Odrick: “Right now it’s got to be Geno Atkins (Cincinnati). Geno is a different body type than me; he’s short and squatty. The things he does in terms of overpowering people from such a leverage position is impressive. Geno is playing very well right now and it’s something we’re all striving to play like or better than.”

Baumhower: “Probably Curley Culp. He had good technique. Curley was very, very strong and quick. He played for the Houston Oilers when I came into the league. The guy just had it all when it came to nose. I’m pretty certain when I came into the league, he was one of the best, if not the best, at his position.”

Which defensive lineman did you admire growing up?

Odrick: “Richard Seymour. Seeing him being a big body — a defensive end or defensive tackle — and him being the same type of player as far as body size. That’s somebody you would love to be compared to and hopefully be talked about in the same conversation by the end of your career.”

Baumhower: “Manny Fernandez, believe it or not. We moved to Florida and I went to Palm Beach Gardens High School in the early ’70s when the Dolphins were going to the Super Bowl and going undefeated. And you could not help but see No. 75 getting it done. As far as I’m concerned, he was the MVP of the Redskins-Dolphins game in Super Bowl VII. He just absolutely dominated the middle of that line. I was just a big fan of Manny. My rookie year was Manny’s last year and it was just a big thrill to me to even get to know the guy because I really did enjoy watching him when I was coming up in high school.”

What has been/was the most memorable moment of your career?

Odrick: “Camp. It’s a month long and you remember the feeling of camp. You always know what camp feels like and you don’t forget it.”

Baumhower: “Probably getting that phone call when I learned I was going to be a Dolphin. I had gone to high school in Florida for three years and then I moved up to Alabama when I was a senior in high school and went to the University of Alabama. But I had lived in South Florida, and I was right in the middle of Dolphin-mania in the early ’70s. I was a huge Dolphins fan and I loved South Florida.”

What do/did you do in the offseason to stay occupied?

Odrick: “Everything that I don’t do in the season — travel, eat food that I don’t usually get to eat during the season, see people I don’t usually get to see, culture myself, watch more movies and read more. Do things like a normal person.”

Baumhower: “I did a lot of stuff. When I was in South Florida, my thing was fishing and diving. I always had boats and I would go over to the islands. I lived in Fort Lauderdale when I played down there, and I would pop over to Bimini or pop over to Abaco. I spent a lot of time over there just fishing and diving and just enjoying the Bahamas.”
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