Jay Ajayi had a rather intriguing reaction at the Super Bowl media bash when someone asked him what he thought of Dolphins coach Adam Gase.
Ajayi took a sip from his Gatorade cup. A smirk crossed his face. He then mumbled something — apparently to the effect of “next question” — then turned to NBC’s Tony Dungy to see what Dungy wanted to ask him.
So yes, the frosty departure of Ajayi from Miami is as frosty in Minneapolis as it was back on Halloween when the trade to the Philadelphia Eagles took place.
“To have come from a team where we were not performing well to a team that was successful and had a great locker room, a brotherhood, and I felt welcomed and appreciated, which was the most important thing for me,” Ajayi told reporters Monday night.
The Dolphins parted with their 2016 MVP for a fourth-round pick, with Gase upset that Ajayi too often looked for the home run rather than take the 4 yards the defense was giving him. In the process, Gase said, Ajayi was getting tackled for losses that the offense couldn’t overcome.
Since the playoffs began, Ajayi has made no secret of the chip he’s carrying toward the Dolphins and Gase. During the divisional round, he said, “I’ll have my redemption” when the Eagles win the Super Bowl.
It turns out that Ajayi has been to the Super Bowl before, only not as a player. He attended last year’s game while working in conjunction with NFLUK (Ajayi was born in England). Just don’t bother asking him too much about that historic Patriots comeback against the Falcons.
“I was at the game up until the third quarter but I got fed up because I couldn’t take the fact that I was watching the Super Bowl and I wasn’t playing in it,” Ajayi said, according to London’s Daily Mail. “At the time being at the Dolphins, watching the Patriots, it was really uncomfortable for me so I left the game early.
“I promised myself actually that I wouldn’t go back to the Super Bowl unless I was playing in it. So, I’m just glad that everything worked out and this year instead of being at the game shaking guys hands pregame and doing analysis at halftime I’m playing in the game. This is a dream come true. It’s crazy how things happen.”
Yes, Jay Ajayi is at the Super Bowl, but he’s also having to explain some things that no other participant might have to explain.
“Talking to my friends in Europe and my family in London I tell them it’s like playing in the Champions League final or the World Cup final,” Ayayi said. “It’s the pinnacle of the sport.”
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