The Miami Dolphins released a video earlier of their new training facility and it has become the rage of social media because it has a slide!
Keen eyes picked up the polished silver slide that drops from the 2nd floor next to the stairs and some of the players have already jumped in to give it a try. An image of safety Brandon Jones sliding down face first has made its rounds but the latest video shows 81-year-old owner Stephen Ross taking his turn down the silver surfer!
Mad props to Ross for taking the plunge. It hasn’t been made clear why the team has added a slide of all things to their facility but maybe it is so injured players don’t have to walk down the steps. Originally I thought this was for equipment bags to be easily shuffled downstairs for loading but apparently, it is exactly that, a freaking cool slide! Why do I not have that at my work?
The Dolphins took the team on a tour today in a “bonding” exercise and the facility is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of training camp at the end of last month. It is located across from Hard Rock Stadium.
Miami is currently conducting mandatory off-season workouts and for the third day, Xavien Howard has not shown up to be with his team as he sends a message of wanting a new contract. The Dolphins have been coy about their plans and Brian Flores called the situation “unique” earlier in the week.
Miami will finish this week’s sessions and then break for the summer until the start of camp. The Dolphins also are one of two teams that have reached the 85% level for NFL-required vaccinations. The league has set strict guidelines for players this year and those who are vaxed will get far lighter restrictions than those that don’t. There has been mention that non-vaxed players will not be able to travel on the team charters creating a potentially toxic situation for out-of-state games.