Wake Cherishes Pro Bowl Win Over Dolphins Teammates

Posted Jan 27, 2014

New format in Hawaii forced Miami players to face each other.

Someone had to win and someone had to lose on Sunday at Aloha Stadium when Team Rice and Team Sanders met on the field at the 2014 Pro Bow, and Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake landed on the winning side.

As the lone Dolphin on the team captained by Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, Wake knew the odds were against him. His three regular teammates – punter Brandon Fields, cornerback Brent Grimes and center Mike Pouncey – all were picked by Hall-of-Fame cornerback Deion Sanders in the first ever Pro Bowl draft and he had to endure Pouncey’s trash talking all week. But thanks to a last-minute comeback engineered by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, Wake got the last laugh in a 22-21 win by Team Rice.

“Team Rice. I told you from the beginning. They didn’t pick me. They missed out and now we’ve got the win and the big money,” Wake said. “It feels great. It feels real good. That was cool splitting the teams up. It was a little bit more competition playing against guys that maybe you played against during the season. It was a lot of fun. It was a good fan and hopefully the fans had a good time. I know we did.”

Prior to that final scoring drive it looked like Grimes was going to be the one who got to revel in victory. This was his second appearance in the Pro Bowl but first as a Miami Dolphin and he nearly clinched a win for his idol and team captain with an interception of a Smith pass on a fourth down with just over two minutes left in the game.

“Yeah, I got an interception in this game, which I thought was going to be the game-sealing interception but it didn’t turn out that way,” Grimes said. “It’s always cool to get a play in the Pro Bowl and I got a pick. I got a pick the last time I was here and I got a pick this time, too. We didn’t get the win, which sucks, you always want to win, but for the most part it was a good time. We had a great time out here in Hawaii.”

Fields punted five times with a long of 59 yards and also was the holder on extra points Team Sanders kicker Justin Tucker. In fact, he was on the field for the game’s final play when Tucker attempted a 67-yard field goal that landed short.

All in all, the new format was a hit with everyone involved and let to an exciting finish. There were no kickoffs with the new roles and team’s alternated possessions at the start of each quarter, affecting the strategy at the end of the previous quarter, but both teams walked away smiling.

“It added a little something different because it’s been the same way for a long time,” Grimes said. “They tried to switch things up to spice it up and I believe it did. They added a little draft for the first time but it worked out pretty smooth and everybody had a great time with it.”
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