While Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi says he’s inspired to work harder after seeing a division rival win another Super Bowl, cornerback Byron Maxwell is taking a more studious approach.
“We can learn from them,” he said.
“Just they’re resilient,” Maxwell said. “Everybody talks about Tom Brady, and he is a leader. When they were down, his body language never really faltered. That comes with experience. That comes with just doing it. He knows. His presence is definitely something you could learn from.”
Maxwell seemed to learn something the hard way. He fell asleep during the Super Bowl, probably assuming, like many, that the Atlanta Falcons had the New England Patriots down for the count.
“When I woke up, the Falcons choked and New England, they do what they do,” Maxwell said.
As for being inspired to make sure the Vince Lombardi trophy doesn’t swoop through the AFC East under Miami’s nose again, that’s not Maxwell’s style. He won a Super Bowl as a member of the Seattle Seahawks in 2013.
“Once you’ve got a Super Bowl, once you get that feeling, nobody can describe it and how you want that feeling and how it drives you,” said Maxwell, who expects to participate in all offseason workouts after missing time late in the season with a nagging ankle problem. “So the fire is always under me.”
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