Sam Madison is arguably the best cornerback in Miami Dolphins history, and selecting him out of Louisville is one of the best draft decisions the team has ever made.
The Dolphins selected Madison in the second round (44th overall) of the 1997 Draft, and he had as decorated a career as pretty much anyone not named Dan Marino, Jason Taylor, or Zach Thomas. Madison was named to four straight Pro Bowls, was a first team All-Pro twice, a second teamer twice again, and was tied for the league lead in interceptions in 1999.
At Louisville, Madison set the school record for interceptions and passes defended, and was named a second-team All American during his senior season.
The connection continues. Madison has been brought in along with former teammate Patrick Surtain to coach the secondary this coming season in Miami. While he may be a bit too old for most of the younger players to remember his impact on the team, he will certainly be a familiar face on the sidelines to the fans. He and Surtain take over one coaching one of the most talented cornerback duos in today’s NFL, and should have a positive impact on the defense going forward.