Recent former Dolphins Linemen speak
Did it wear on a quiet player? No one saw him express that. Samuda was another matter. He openly disliked these rituals. So veterans shaved the shape of a penis in his haircut. Hicks pulled Samuda aside and saying, "Look, it's not about breakfast sandwiches. Every veteran in here could pay for them. We want you to do it. You have to earn your seat in this room. Shut your mouth. Earn your place and your respect."
As for Martin, Samuda said, "He got it easiest." And Hicks said: "Jonathan was a great rookie, the best of them. He was the one out the group that didn't complain."
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"Richie was cool, funny,'' Louis said.
"He plays like how I was taught to play,'' Hicks said. "Be physical. Be nasty. Be aggressive. Everything Richie does is tough. And, yeah, Richie will ride a guy hard, but it's all in good humor."
It's this personality, and if Martin considered it humorous or intimidating, at the center of this issue. There's a dividing line in his career, Incognito once said. He condensed his first four NFL seasons in an interview to, "I was an idiot," as he was voted by the dirtiest player in the league by peers and cut by St. Louis and Buffalo.
These Dolphins say they never saw that Incognito. "Every team needs a Richie," Hicks says. "You love playing with a guy like that."
"He was a leader, a guy who worked hard and demanded you work hard, too,'' Barker said. "That being said, he talked a lot of smack to people. Usually it was from a place of humor, and people got along with that. People would give it right back to him."