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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Dolphins rookie Samson Satele is budding leader

Dolphins center Samson Satele's quiet confidence is already making an impression on his coaches.
BY JEFF DARLINGTON jdarlington@MiamiHerald.com

These two offensive linemen have known each other for years. Went to college at Hawaii together. Traveled across a continent to South Florida together. And continue to study football plays on a daily basis together.So when Dolphins guard Tala Esera dishes out compliments about his fellow rookie and friend, center Samson Satele, it's typically going to be genuine. Maybe even a bit blunt.''He always acts like he knows all of his stuff,'' Esera said Wednesday, reclined on a plush leather couch in the Dolphins locker room. ``Even though sometimes he might not.''A backhanded gesture? Not at all. Because at this position -- and at this age -- that kind of quality isn't only important for a center like Satele. It's imperative.Yes, it will be better when Satele has also mastered the team's playbook, because a smooth demeanor can only get a player so far. But the rookie's quiet confidence is making an impression on his coaches.''I think that's half the battle,'' said offensive-line coach Hudson Houck, one of the NFL's most respected assistants for his ability to groom talent. ``If you can just sell people on what you're doing, you can sell ice water to Eskimos.``People believe in him as a leader.''Article continued at Miami Herald

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