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Generations: Michael Egnew And Troy Drayton

Posted Apr 11, 2014

Current and former Dolphins share their views on different football topics. In this edition, a pair of tight ends, Michael Egnew and Troy Drayton, share their thoughts on their toughest opponents, most memorable career moments and which coaches had the biggest influence on their playing careers.

Who is/was the toughest defensive player you’ve faced?

Michael Egnew: “Mario Williams. He’s big, strong and has long arms and quick feet. He has given me the most trouble.”

Troy Drayton: "I think one of the toughest people that I ever had to block was Derrick Thomas because he was stout on the run and we all know what he could do as far as rushing the passer.”"

Who sets/set the bar at your position?

Egnew: “It’s hard to answer that question because I’m playing right now and to talk about someone else who’s playing is tough. I’d have to go with Tony Gonzalez just because he’s up there among the all-time greats at my position.”

Drayton: "I’m going to have to say Kellen Winslow. I think he set the bar for all tight ends. A guy that I admired was John Mackey. I think his style was more of my style of football. You know, just tough, physical, a guy who could block but a guy who could run and he was hell to bring down.”

Which player did you admire growing up?

Egnew: “Marvin Harrison because of the way he played. It was a combination of everything he did. He was a classy player on the field from what I could see and I like the way he played.”

Drayton: "My room in college was like a Jerry Rice shrine. I had T-shirts. I had posters. I had cars. To me Jerry Rice still is the say-all, be-all of professional football players.”

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

Egnew: “I’m big on team accomplishments like winning a championship, so that hasn’t happened yet, but individually I’d have to say the big first-down catches I’ve made this season.”

Drayton: "I think the most memorable moment for me was that moment that’s on YouTube where I gave that kid the football (on Dec. 7, 1997 against Detroit), because it wasn’t about me and it wasn’t about the Dolphins. It was about somebody else. It was about a kid who had a debilitating disease and for that moment that was his Super Bowl. So handing him the ball, seeing the expression on his face and making his evening,, that was probably one of the best moments of my career. That was probably the best touchdown I’ve ever scored.”

Which coach had the biggest influence on your playing career?

Egnew: “You know what? I’m going to have to go with Dan Campbell, my tight ends coach here. He’s the one who has shaped me into playing the position of tight end. I played more slot receiver in college, and in high school I played a little tight end but mostly receiver there, too. So he’s had the biggest influence on me in regards to where I am at today.”

Drayton: "If you’re talking about the person that I truly am, it’s definitely Joe Paterno because he taught us to play the game the right way. It was all about honor and working hard and earning your keep and busting your behind and doing it with integrity. It was definitely Joe Paterno. But I know Coach (Jimmy) Johnson had a little influence in there as well and he’d be a close second.”

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