Webb was featured on the cover of Dolphin Digest a few times, most notably on Volume 20, Number 2 on August 3, 1991, and Volume 21, Number 7 on September 19, 1992. I highly recommend checking those out!
It was an honor to speak with Webb about his HALL OF FAME career (CAN WE PLEASE GET THIS MAN IN THE HALL OF FAME!?), and it was incredible to hear the passion in his words. This man truly loved the game of football, and he never took his job for granted.
Enough of me talking about how awesome it was talking with him; here is the interview!
Q: You were a top 10 pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, pick 9, which is an amazing accomplishment in itself. Can you talk about the 1990 NFL Draft process and getting drafted by the Miami Dolphins?
RW: “Two weeks before the start of my senior season, they made the decision to move me out to left tackle. I wasn’t very happy about it because I was in a comfort zone at left guard. But I moved out there because that was what was needed for the team. I did pretty well, and by the end of the season, I was projected to go late first-round or early second-round. I got invited to the Senior Bowl and the combine. Getting invited to the Senior Bowl, that was a game with really tough practices, and it was a way to elevate your stock or plummet your stock by how you performed there. I took a chance and went. Buddy Ryan was my coach, so you can imagine what our practices were like. The funny thing was, I went up to him and introduced myself and said, ‘Hey coach, My name is Richmond Webb, is there any way I can play guard here? I can play guard really good.’ He smiled and said, ‘no,’ he said, ‘everybody wants to see you at tackle, so you are going to play tackle.’ I have never been under that type of pressure before, and I still remember that to this day. We had real physical practices. But during one-on-one pass blocking drills, there were scouts from all around the NFL. Everybody had legal pads out evaluating. So I knew the last thing I was going to do was get beat. So I remember performing well there, and then I had a pretty good Senior Bowl game. We got crushed in the game, but most people told me the practices were more important than the game. My stock elevated, and then I went to the combine and had a good workout there, and my stock moved up again. I ended up being projected as high to No. 5 to San Diego. I remember the day before the draft; I get a call from John Sandusky. I get a call from the Raiders, and I think it was Kansas City. They all said if you are there, we are going to take you. So I remember thinking if it happens, it happens. I remember watching the draft, and New England had the 8th pick and took Chris Singleton. As soon as they took him, my phone started ringing, and it was Coach Shula on the phone. I said ‘hello,’ and he said, “Hi can I speak to Richmond.” I said, ‘this is him.’ He said, ‘This is coach Shula. Are you ready to be a Dolphin?’ Man, I was so happy because the pressure is off once you get drafted. Once you are drafted, you know you are drafted. I got drafted, and then it set in that I was playing for Coach Shula and blocking for Dan Marino. I remember thinking that I did not want to be the guy to get Dan Marino hurt because you will never be forgotten. That was some of my driving motivation to try and do the best that I could and not get this guy hurt because I knew how important he was to Miami.”
Q: Can you talk about your jump from college football to the NFL?
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Q&A with Miami Dolphins Legend Richmond Webb
I was lucky enough to interview the legend, Richmond Webb. For those Dolphins fans who live under a rock, Webb is one of the greatest Miami Dolphins players ever and their greatest left tackle of all time.
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