DAVIE — The man kicking for the Cleveland Browns last season had his cell phone set to provide notifications of the Miami Dolphins scores.
Yes, Cody Parkey of Jupiter is a Miami Dolphins fan.
“To this day, I still get the updates of the halftime scores and stuff, so after the games on my phone I’m like ‘Oh, the Dolphins won.’” Parkey said Monday. “So it’s pretty neat.”
Oh, and, of Monday, Parkey is the Miami Dolphins kicker.
“My agent called me and told me that I got picked up off waivers by the Dolphins,” Parkey recalled. “Obviously, I was pretty stoked; and then (executive vice president) Mike (Tannenbaum) called me and told me they were bringing me in and I was their guy and that he had a lot of confidence in me, so it was really good news.”
Parkey and his family attended about one Dolphins game a year when he was growing up.
Parkey recalled he had a poster with a Dolphins logo on the wall of his childhood bedroom.
“Pretty crazy,” Parkey said. “I went from having a really good camp in Cleveland to getting cut, unfortunately; but it couldn’t have been a better spot for me to land (than) here. I’m close to home and I grew up a Dolphins fan, so this is pretty awesome. I get to kick in some warm weather, which is also good news.”
Parkey was a Pro Bowler in 2014 with Philadelphia and had solid seasons with the Browns in 2015 and ’16. But he missed three field goals in a loss at Miami.
Coach Adam Gase said that was a non-factor, obviously, in Miami’s decision.
“That was a pretty tough situation,” Parkey said. “I own it. I had a bad game; but I came back and had a strong season.”
Parkey said he could not have chosen a better desination.
“This is awesome,” he said. “This is incredible.”