DAVIE—Here’s the thing about Dolphins offensive tackle Sam Young: He’s one of the most affable, funny personalities in the locker room in casual conversation, but in interviews he’s extremely gifted at giving the emptiest, most boilerplate answers anyone’s ever heard.
When informed of that frustrating dynamic for reporters, he said thank you.
After much prodding and instigating, Young finally relented and told a few interesting stories after practice today:
You were born and raised in South Florida, then went to Notre Dame. What was your first winter like in Indiana?
“One of the first snowfalls, I was wearing flip-flops. That wasn’t fun. I went to a Notre Dame vs. Alabama basketball game, and it wasn’t that bad. But then I came out afterward and there was 4 inches of snow on the ground and I was in my flip-flops. I had to walk 10-15 minutes back to the dorm in that.”
I’m sure you wised up eventually.
“Yeah. I went to boat shoes after that.”
Classic winter wear. This is your fourth team in eight seasons. It sounds rough not knowing where you’re going to live year to year.
“Well, hold on. Think about that. It depends how you look at it. Some people love the idea of being born and raised in a town and never leaving. That’s what some people want to do. I love that I’ve been able to live in Indiana, Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville and here. I’ve gotten to live in a lot of cool places. I’m pretty content. I think it’s fun.”
I’ve seen you set up Ted Larsen’s gear in his locker so it would fall down on his head. When did you become a prankster?
“I’m not. That was a one-shot deal.”
So you just got Larsen that one time and that’s the only prank you’ve ever pulled.
“I hate that you’re assuming I would be such a prankster. I’m not creative enough.”
Is it difficult for you when you leave this locker room and have to go into the real world and act like an adult?
“So you’re saying I don’t act like an adult in here? There’s so much side shade being thrown here. Unbelievable.”
Every day I come in here you’re drinking a green milkshake. It looks disgusting.
“It tastes fine. You have options for what you want to put in it. I’m not one to eat a kale salad, but you can mix in that drink and I don’t know it’s there. It tastes like strawberry banana.”
Are you a guy who has trouble keeping your weight up, or do you have trouble keeping it down?
“Historically, keeping it up. It’s a different challenge when you have to eat to gain weight. In college, before weigh-ins, I used to have to eat two large pizzas just to make weight.”
How long did it take to wolf those down?
“Not as long as you’d think. You get pretty good at it after a while. I can carbo-load like a boss.”
“Fine, I’ll give you something. They had a Bar Louie and every Wednesday was $2 burger night, so I’d go with my buddy. We’re sitting there one night and the waitress is like, ‘Oh, you guys gotta come back Friday for the tater tot eating competition.’
“The hook is you get to drink whatever you want during the competition. And it’s a $250 gift certificate to Bar Louie. I’m in college, so hell yeah. So it was six minutes to eat as many as you can, and I ate like 3 1/2 pounds of tater tots in six minutes. I won—by like two tots. So I got a lot of $2 burger nights out of that.”
Were you doing that to make weight or was that just for sport?
“No, that was for making money, man.”
I’ve heard o-linemen say they actually hate being this heavy. You’re 6-foot-8, 306 pounds. Do you long for the day when you don’t have to carry that weight?
“I don’t want to be 300 pounds forever, especially when I’m not playing football. I’d like to think I’ll lose the weight. It’s healthier in the long run. I’d be able to go shopping again and actually fit in stuff.”
What’s the worst part of being your size?
“There’s been some roller coasters I haven’t been able to fit on.”
How long ago was that?
“Not that long ago. It was at Disney, the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Luckily I had FastPass, but I did wait in line the whole time and finally got to the front and they were like, ‘Uh, sorry sir. I don’t know how to tell you this, but, uh, you’re too big.’ Damn, I’d been on every other roller coaster.”
Your agent is Drew Rosenhaus. He’s got an interesting reputation. Tell me something that will make people think differently about him.
“Him and his brother, how they work is pretty neat to watch. Drew has this room in his house that has like 10 TVs in it, so he’s able to watch every game his clients are playing in. He’s on top of everything. He might have 150 clients and he could probably name most of the clients he’s ever had and how long they’ve played and details about them. That’s something people don’t see. He’s great at what he does. It’s been a great relationship. If I give him or his brother a call, it’s two rings and they pick up.”
I heard you are one of the most involved players in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (main event Feb. 10 at Hard Rock Stadium and features a concert by the Goo Goo Dolls, a 5K and a bike ride). Why is that particular cause important to you?
“It’s just something I got involved with last year. My wife and I participated. The money stays local with the UM Sylvester Cancer Center. I’m no different than most people in that cancer’s affected my family and loved ones. It’s a good way that I can help make progress toward a cure. It’s as worthy of a cause as I can get behind.”
You and your wife ran the 5K?
“My wife ran. I walked.”
Is your wife faster than you?
“Yeah. Oh yeah. She does marathons and half-marathons.”
But I think people underestimate how fast offensive linemen are. You could smoke me in a 40-yard dash, couldn’t you?
“Depends on the time of year, but yeah.”
How far of a run would we have to do for me to be faster than you? A mile? Two miles?
“I’m good for about 10 minutes, then I crap out. I’ve got a mile in me. You’d definitely have me in two miles. I can’t run two miles. You’d get me 10 times out of 10.”
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