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Miami Dolphins All-Time Top 100 Players: 96. Todd Wade

Todd Wade helped pave the way for 1,000 yard rushers Lamar Smith and Ricky Williams as a four year starting right tackle for the Dolphins.

Todd Wade was a four year letterman and three year starter for the University of Mississippi. He also won accolades as a first team All-SEC selection and second team All-American.

Miami chose him with their second round selection in the 2000 draft. Wade would start all 16 games in his rookie season from the right tackle position, plowing the way for Lamar Smith to break the 1,000 yard barrier and helping to restrict the opposition to only 28 sacks.

In 2001, Wade started 15 games, missing only one game due to injury. He helped Smith lead the Dolphins in rushing and again limited the opposing defenses to sack the Dolphins quarterbacks under 30 times.

2002 would see Wade again anchor the right side of the offensive line, starting all 16 games. He was instrumental in paving the way for Ricky Williams to gain an NFL leading 1,853 yards while only allowing 25 sacks throughout the season.

In 2003, Williams again broke the 1,000 yard barrier behind Wade, who started all 16 games for Miami.

Miami cruised to an overall 41-23 record with Wade on the roster, twice making the playoffs. In his four seasons, the Dolphins allowed an average of 28 sacks per season and on three occasions boasted a 1,000 yard rusher. Wade was signed as a free agent by the Houston Texans prior to the 2004 season, and would play two seasons for them. He followed that by playing two seasons with the Washington Redskins. He joined the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad in 2008, but did not make the roster, retiring in October.

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