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EP 44: Interview With Retired Pro Football Player OJ McDuffie

OJ played 9 seasons of professional football in the NFL, all with the Miami Dolphins.  He was a standout athlete who played multiple sports growing up.  In high school he lettered in 4 sports, football basketball, baseball and Track.  His favourite sport was basketball, however he was on the shorter side so didn’t think that would be his best option.  He was heavily recruited but Ohio State was his favourite team being an Ohio boy.  However they fired their head coach so that opened him up to listening to other schools.  Penn State shot up to the top of the list and he decided to go there, even though his mom was pushing for Notre Dame.  He was outstanding at Penn State and rose to All-American status.  He also played baseball there and was drafted by the California Angels.  Their offer to him was only $10,000 which led him to pursue his football options instead of playing baseball.  That turned out to be a great choice with him being drafted in the 1st round by the Dolphins.  He was added to an already talented receiving corps, so initially he made his mark as a returner.  He excelled at it and had some great returns early in his career.  He eventually established himself as a top receiver and led the league in catches with 90 in 1998.  A toe injury ended his career prematurely and he had to focus on life after football.  He did radio work as well as some tv work to try and stay close to the game.  He also started his foundation, Catch 81 Foundation, to help kids in the south Florida area.  He has his own podcast as well, The Fish Tank, where he chats with former Dolphins players and personnel and they share stories from their time with the team.  For more information on OJ and where to follow him on social media, follow the links below.

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About the author, Lyle

1st round pick of the BC Lions in the 2001 draft, 3rd overall. 10 year CFL player, retiring in 2011. 2 Grey Cup appearances, winning in 2006.

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