Marshall And Soliai Ready To Represent Dolphins At Pro Bowl

Posted Jan 28, 2012

Two members of the Miami Dolphins are enjoying familiar weather this week five time zones away in Hawaii at the 2012 Pro Bowl.

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall and nose tackle Paul Soliai are representing the AFC in Sunday’s all-star game and have been soaking in the atmosphere for most of the week. For Soliai this is his first trip as he was named as a replacement for Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata, so he showed up later than the some of the others.

Marshall is making his third Pro Bowl appearance but first as a Dolphin and second in Hawaii. His second trip was in 2010 when the game was played at Sun Life Stadium the week before Super Bowl XLIV so he feels right at home.

“I get this weather everyday at home,” Marshall said. “There really is no practice as we just try to install the plays. It’s mellow and more of a jog-thru but guys are professional enough to know that they need to know the plays come Sunday and tempo wise it’s guys just taking care of each other and more of a walk-thru or jog-thru.”

At season’s end, Marshall ranked 10th in the league in receiving yards with 1,214 on 81 catches and he caught six touchdown passes. This was the fifth time in his six-year career that Marshall went over 1,000 receiving yards and his 15.0 yards-per-catch average was his second only to his 15.5 average on a rookie. He and running back Reggie Bush also became the first tandem to go over 1,000 receiving yards and 1,000 rushing yards in the same season in the history of the Dolphins’ franchise.

Soliai just completed his fifth season with the Dolphins and was given the franchise tag last year, making him the highest paid defensive player in franchise history. He followed up a solid 2010 season, when he racked up 39 tackles (33 solo) and two sacks, by registering 27 tackles (19 solo) and two passes defensed. Marshall had some pretty simple advice for his teammate this week.

“The only words of wisdom is just relax and have fun and that’s it,” he said. “It’s not that serious. It’s a time to sit back, reflect and enjoy the accomplishments of the season with your peers, your family members that helped you get there and friends. It’s a time just to get away and fraternize with the guys around the league.

“This is a special moment in any guy’s career who was voted into the Pro Bowl because you’re recognized by your peers and the coaches around the league and that’s the biggest honor. It’s a privilege to be here, it’s a privilege to play in the National Football League and when I ever get this opportunity I take advantage of it. It’s a fun time.”

Marshall’s only catch in that 2010 Pro Bowl was a 23-yard touchdown in the second quarter from Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the AFC’s 41-34 victory. One year earlier he caught five passes for 44 yards in Hawaii as the AFC fell to the NFC, 30-21, but he already is looking ahead to getting prepared for 2012.

“February 13th is when I start up,” Marshall said. “There will be some little trips here and there but for the most part we have a 9-to-5 just like everyone else, even though people don’t believe that. You get better in the offseason. During the season is just about maintenance and having fun but the offseason is when you put your work in and improve and reach those goals.”
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