DAVIE — Mike Pouncey isn’t about to get out of Dodge.
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, you might recall, ended up with snagging the 2000 Dodge Neon in the Secret Santa gift swap among the team’s offensive linemen. Guard Ted Larsen tossed the car into the mix, thinking it might come in handy for one of the younger guys without a car, but Pouncey found it too irresistible (and who wouldn’t?).
We finally cornered Pouncey on Friday to get the lowdown on whether a guy who teammates swear has a fleet of cars would want this jalopy. First, it turns out Pouncey does indeed still have the car.
“I’m going to fix it up and give it to one of my family members,” he said.
It sounds as if fixing it up might double the value of the car, which cost Larsen $1,200.
“It runs pretty good,” Pouncey said. “It only tops out at about 55 miles per hour, but other than that … The interior needs to be fixed a little bit. (The) suspension is a little messed up on it and it has zero oil in the tank.”
Pouncey didn’t put a dollar figure on the repairs but added, “It’s a lot, but I’m doing it just because … I want to do it because Ted gave me the gift and I want to make sure that it’s done the right way.”
Perhaps he’ll even add a few frills, because right now, there aren’t any. Sound system?
“It doesn’t have one,” Pouncey said. “No AC, no nothing. Nothing. Only thing it does is go in drive and park. I don’t think it even has a reverse on there.”