Cameron Wake’s road to one of the NFL’s top pass rushers wasn’t the path most Pro Bowlers endure coming out of college.
Wake graduated from Penn State in 2005 and was an undrafted free agent spending less than two months (May 6-June 22) on an NFL roster (Giants).
Thinking that professional football might not be in his future, Wake became a mortgage broker in 2006.
The itch of getting back on the football field didn’t leave Wake though and in 2007 he entered the Canadian Football League.
Two years later, Wake had recorded 39 sacks and as the two-time CFL Defensive Player of the Year he was ready to give the NFL another shot.
“I guess to be honest when I first got in there (the CFL) I just wanted to play the game, to be able to say that I played football for a living,” Wake said. “You know get back on the field and do what I love. “
“As you go forward and have some more success, you start getting that hint that, you know what, there’s another step here. You can play football at its highest level, and that is the NFL, and you want to be able to make your dreams come true. The reality started showing itself more and more as I played the game and when the opportunity presented itself I tried to take full advantage.”
Wake has been a force since finding his niche in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.
He had a Pro Bowl season in 2010 with 14.0 sacks and followed that up with 8.5 last year. After a slow start to the 2012 season, Wake has been a terror the last four weeks with all of his 7.5 sacks coming during that stretch.
On Thursday, Wake was named AFC Player of the Month and as the accolades continue to pile up, Wake says he always believed he was capable of this success.
“I am probably the least surprised out of anybody who knows my story or knows me. I always thought that I was a great football player and a great athlete, but this game is not a tell me game, it is a show me game,” Wake said.
“Nobody wants to hear about what you think you can do or how good you think you are. You have to able to strap your chinstrap on and show it. That’s kind of what I’ve done and how I’ve gone about my business here. I might believe in myself but until you put it on paper and sign your work out there on the field, it doesn’t really count.”
The Colts have taken notice of what Wake has done on the field in his four seasons with the Dolphins and knows the challenge in facing one of the league’s top defenses.
“He’s easy to notice. What a great football player and really what a strong defense,” quarterback Andrew Luck said on Wednesday. “I think they’re tops in the defense, or close to the top in red zone, third-down. They do a great job forcing fumbles. I think they play very solid football. It’s going to be a great challenge for us.”
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