For the second consecutive year and the third time in four years, the Miami Dolphins defensive end has landed a spot on the NFL Network’s Top 100 list.
As revealed on Wednesday night, Wake has landed at number 66 this year in the rankings based on a vote of players. Wake was 89th on the list in 2013 and placed 63rd in 2011.
Wake earned a third Pro Bowl invitation in 2013 after finishing with 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one safety.
The safety, as every Dolphins fan should remember, came in overtime against the Cincinnati Bengals in a Thursday night game at Sun Life Stadium on Halloween and gave Miami a 22-20 victory.
The safety, which ranked as one of the most memorable plays of the 2013 season in the NFL, came on Wake’s third sack of the game and he earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance that night.
For Wake, the 2013 season just continued his remarkable rise from going undrafted, to working as a personal trainer and mortgage broker, and to starring in the Canadian Football League before eventually earning a roster spot in the NFL.
He will go into the 2014 season with 51.5 career sacks, already the 11th-highest total in league history among undrafted players.
Wake has proven equally effective as a linebacker in the Dolphins’ previous 3-4 defensive scheme or a defensive end in the current 4-3, earning Pro Bowl invitations at both positions. He is one of two players in Dolphins history to make the Pro Bowl at two positions, along with