LONDON — Linebacker Lawrence Timmons made his Miami Dolphins debut on Sunday, and it’s a debut that would not have happened if the club hadn’t give him another chance.
After the game, in a quiet moment by his locker at Wembley Stadium, Timmons explained what it means to him that the team allowed him to come back after he disappeared the day before the season opener.
“Football has been my whole life,” Timmons said. “Football means so much to me, you know?”
Timmons’ voice cracked in the moment. He seems humbled and grateful all at the same time.
And Timmons had a positive impact on the game, leading Miami with six tackles (Kiko Alonso and Bobby McCain each also had six.)
“It was good just to get back out there,” Timmons said. “I just wish we would have won. I feel I can play better. I feel I have a lot more to offer. But I’m just trying to get stronger.”
Timmons was reinstated to the club this week after missing one game due to suspension.
What he tried to bring to the field was an aggressive, physical approach.
“I have displayed that my whole career,” Timmons said. “That’s something that I live by. I try to bring that attribute to my game. It’s something I love to do.”
Timmons said he has been on teams where the offense or defense was struggling and the key is to stick together.
“You’ve got to always build each other up,” Timmons said. “All players have to build each other up. It has to be a chain-link fence type of attitude.”