The NFL offseason is not moving fast enough, and we still have 26 weeks left until kickoff 2016. As we continue our crawl through the top players in Dolphins history, we are moving back to the defensive side of the ball. Coming in at #26 is Adam Duhe, or A.J. as most of us know him.
Duhe was a standout linebacker at LSU and earned the right to be a first round pick when the Dolphins selected him 13th overall in the 1977 NFL Draft. Once in Miami, he made an immediate impact and earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. He continued being a consistent part on the Miami defense for 8 years, starting 89 games even while dealing with nagging injuries throughout his career.
A.J. Duhe was a two time All-Pro (1981, 1983) and a Pro Bowler in 1984, but even while showing consistent, high-level play over his eight years, many Dolphin fans have only one image in their head when they hear the name “A.J. Duhe.” The image of Duhe covered in mud, racing towards the end zone while holding the football high in the air with his left hand after another interception in the 1983 AFC Championship game. Duhe picked off Richard Todd 3 times that afternoon, still a playoff record for interceptions by one player in a single game, returning one for the clinching touchdown in a 14-0 game that was dominated by mud and the Dolphins defense.
Duhe was hurt and subsequently released by the Dolphins prior to the 1985 season. He decided to retire instead of rehabbing and finding another team, and is one of few players who gets to spend an entire pro bowl caliber career with one team.