At this rate, the Dolphins might be putting in a rush order for 53 wireless microphones.
You probably saw Dolphins safety Walt Aikens make two impact plays in the 26-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
But did you hear him?
Decent chance you will, courtesy of NFL Films, which by sheer luck ended up putting a microphone on Aikens for the game.
Talk about paydirt. Aikens began the fourth quarter by downing a 40-yard punt by Matt Darr on the Cardinals’ 1. Although Arizona overcame the odds by driving 99 yards for a touchdown, Aikens wasn’t finished.
Following the 9-yard touchdown pass by Carson Palmer to Brittan Golden, Jordan Phillips blocked the extra point by Chandler Catanzaro. Aikens scooped up the ball and went all the way for a defensive two-point conversion that proved vital.
Now it’s just a matter of when the clip airs. What are we going to hear?
“A lot of noise,” Aikens said. “I’m a very vocal person, so you’re going to hear a lot of talking.”
For an extended time.
“During (the play), after, it don’t matter,” Aikens said. “I talk myself up. That’s part of my game.”
Aikens said he hadn’t visited the end zone since college. After scoring his first NFL points, he made sure to keep the ball, which he plans to put in a case. The score, incidentally, was the first of its kind in team history.
Aikens had a convoy, including special teams captain Michael Thomas, to run interference.
“I had the whole infantry right there, so we took off together,” Aikens said.
That play required endurance. Downing the ball on the 1 required quick reflexes.
“I tell the rest of my gunners, Bobby McCain and Worm (Lafayette Pitts) and (Jordan) Lucas, I always tell them, ‘Meet me at the ball’ just in case something goes wrong,” Aikens said.
Something almost did.
“It took a weird bounce,” Aikens said. “I was coming from the other side and the ball kind of cut back on me, so I had to jump backwards while I was running the opposite way just to try to get a hand out there. But we practice that all the time, daily.”
Of course, Aikens had to contort his body while making sure he didn’t step into the end zone, which would have resulted in a touchback. In the end, it worked out for Aikens, for the Dolphins, for NFL Films.
So will a microphone become part of his standard uniform?
“That might be it,” Aikens said, laughing.
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