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Tripp: "I've Got My Opportunity"

Posted May 10, 2014

Tripp shares his mindset on what it will take to make the Dolphins by playing special teams.

(On what it is like having the goal of being drafted achieved) – “Yeah it’s fantastic. Ever since I was a little kid I always dreamed of it. Sitting here waiting on draft day, it’s kind of a lot going on as far as just waiting and stuff. When you finally get that call, it’s kind of like a dream come true. But I also have to remember it’s the beginning, the beginning of (my) career in the NFL. A lot of work has to be done to be successful.”

(On if he has played solely outside linebacker or if he has played inside as well) – “Yeah I comfortable playing inside and outside just as far as wherever they want to plug me in. Obviously special teams are going to be very important as well, so whatever it be I’m going to be happy. I’m going to do it to the best of my ability.”

(On his experience following his father and grandfather in Montana) – “Yeah, growing up playing ball here obviously my grandfather played. My dad played linebacker, so I have a football background. They are always at my games, coaching me when I was a little kid, helping me throughout the process. Football has been in my blood since I was a little kid. It’s always been a dream. They never pushed me to play football. It was just a love and passion that I’ve always had and still have today.”

(On if there was any other option for college other than Montana considering his family background) – “Yeah I wasn’t super highly recruited out of college. In Montana, Coach (inaudible) offered me a scholarship. I committed on the spot. I wanted to play (at Montana) ever since I was a little kid obviously because I grew up watching Montana. That’s awesome you know, just (inaudible) if you are in Montana and am just happy to be a Miami Dolphin now.”

(On what NFL player his style most resembles) – “Derrick Brooks, I liked watching Derrick Brooks the way he played fast, physical. He’s a run and hit guy. He can line up inside or outside. His versatility is what I like about him. He’s a smart linebacker and obviously one of the best of all time, no doubt. No doubt.”

(On if he has any experience playing special teams) – “Yeah I played (special) teams all five years. I’ve long-snapped for five years, so (special) teams are a big part of my game. I’m happy to get down there and make a splash on special teams as well.”

(On when he started thinking the NFL was a realistic possibility) – “Just to hit on that, it’s always been a dream but as far as the possibility I would have to say after my sophomore year, junior year it started to grow a little bit and thought, ‘I might be big enough to actually play and compete at the NFL level.’ Now I’ve got my opportunity, and I’m going to take it and run with it.”

(On what it was like to get called up for the Senior Bowl and what he thinks he showed them to warrant the call-up) – “Yeah I thought I just showed them you know the way I can run on the field as far as run and hit, physicality, my coverage ability, my run-stop ability, and also my football IQ. I thought they took that into consideration. I can’t thank Phil Savage enough for allowing me to play on that platform. Possibly today I know I wouldn’t have had this call had he not given me the opportunity. To play in the Senior Bowl and have the coaches I have had at Montana to give me this opportunity is just awesome.”

(On what he thinks he brings to the Miami Dolphins) – “They are going to see somebody who resembles a team player and just puts their heart out there for the team. I’m going to do everything I can, my ability to be prepared to the fullest, that they can rely on me, and just for Dolphins fans they are going to see a player who is just in love with that organization, who is going to do everything he can to get that win on whatever day the game is. It’s just awesome.”
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