The Miami Dolphins have had a lot of safeties but Louis Oliver may have been the toughest.
The Miami Dolphins and Don Shula thought very highly of Louis Oliver, so much so they sent 2nd and 3rd round draft picks to the Bears for him in 1989.
Oliver was one of the toughest and hardest hitting safeties the Dolphins have ever had in their history. For seven seasons, Oliver was lining up as one of the team’s free safety. He posted 24 interceptions in his seven seasons that included a one-year break in between where he played for the Bengals.
He started 89 of 105 games and ran two picks back for touchdowns. He had 481 tackles combined and one sack.
Oliver was a big part of the Dolphins defense and when he was on the field, receivers crossing the middle of the field had to keep their heads swiveling. That Dolphins hitting on Oliver was a good thing because Miami wasted their other first-round pick on RB Sammie Smith who didn’t pan out the way they had hoped.
The trade worked out well for the Bears as well. They added a starting linebacker and a starting center with the two draft picks they received from the Dolphins. While far from the trade that brought Armstrong to Miami, the trade for Oliver was a very good one for the Dolphins.