In the 1993 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected O.J. McDuffie, no. 25 overall, and he would have a wonderful career for the organization. The aqua and orange would be the only uniform McDuffie would wear for his career, which went from 1993 to 2000.
This article includes a link to the audio from an interview I did recently with McDuffie where we talked about things from his playing days (interview was for @RantingBenCraig … Audio of full interview is HERE … Coaches 5:53 min mark … Clock Play 7:15 min mark … Dan Marino 10:04 mark … Marcus Thigpen 13:21 mark … Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson at the 15:41 min mark … Ryan Tannehill 20:18).
When you hear the interview, you will be more excited about the 2013 Dolphins than you were before. McDuffie makes some great points, and his comments on the wide receivers, Thigpen and Tanny, are well worth your time (he also ends the interview with some great points about the defense).
McDuffie is all over the franchise record books. Only Mark Duper, Mark Clayton, Nat Moore and Chris Chambers have more receiving yards as a Dolphin than McDuffie. His 29 touchdowns rank him sixth in team history, and his 415 catches have him ranked no. 4 in that category. McDuffie did all of this over his 116 games (eighth best in team history for WRs). There was a span from 1994 through 1998 where McDuffie improved his production from the previous year and that culminated with his 1,050-yard season (with seven scores) in ’98. That season, he lead the NFL in catches with 90.
As a kick returner, McDuffie is ranked no. 7 all-time for the ‘Phins. As a punt returner, he is tied for most returns (127) and most touchdowns (2).
McDuffie is still very active in the Florida community with his Catch 81 Foundation and he was a complete pleasure to interview. The personality that Dolfans loved during his playing days remains on full display. He is quite a guy and continues to rep the Dolphins very positively and respectfully.
Thank you for checking out my work, and I hope you enjoy the interview.