ORLANDO—Normally, as Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake put it, he’s busy trying to “kill these guys and tear their heads off,” but it was fun not doing that for a change.
This Pro Bowl was his fifth appearance and it was a big one for him personally after missing much of the previous season to a ruptured Achilles tendon. Being back on the field for the AFC’s 20-13 victory at Camping World Stadium on Sunday was the culmination of a season he’ll cherish.
“Just getting back here from where I came,” he said. “Obviously being injured and coming back and the year we had, it’s very rewarding and memorable. And to cap it off with a Pro Bowl W doesn’t hurt, either. The season was a step in the right direction, and now I get to enjoy some time with the best players in the world. To me, that’s a good way to end the season.”
This event isn’t about showing off anymore for Wake. The real memories from Pro Bowl week come from the camaraderie and getting to converse with legends like Ray Lewis.
“If you think about this situation, you’re sitting down at breakfast with the best football minds in the world,” Wake said. “You literally can’t pay for that kind of experience, just sitting around the pool or for lunch or just hanging out in the locker room with the guys you’re usually trying to kill and tear their head off and you’re just talking football and talking life. It’s literally invaluable. That’s always been the most important thing to me.
“Those are all things you can’t pay for. Gotta earn it.”
Wake, who had 11.5 sacks this season, was voted a starting defensive end. He did not record a tackle in the game.
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