Cameron Wake is entering his sixth season with the Miami Dolphins. Wake, a highly athletic defensive end with a rare combination of power and quickness, has established himself as one of the most feared pass-rushers in the NFL. Wake, a three-time Pro Bowl selection (2010, 2012, 2013) and twice All-Pro (2010, 2012) has notched 51.5 sacks, along with 212 combined tackles and nine forced fumbles in four seasons in Miami. On May 5, 2012, he inked a four-year contract extension worth a reported $49 million.
Early Years & College
Wake was born in Beltsville, Md., on Jan. 30, 1982. He attended DeMatha High where he largely flew under the radar and didn’t make varsity until his junior year. Wake was named the Washington Post Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Metro as a senior, with 17 sacks. After graduating, Wake went to Penn State University where he played linebacker as a true freshman before a serious knee injury derailed his sophomore campaign. In 2003, he started 11 games. Wake finished his collegiate career with 191 combined tackles, 8.5 quarterback drops and 24 tackles for loss.
Wake was largely unheralded coming out of Penn State and went undrafted in the 2005 NFL draft. He joined the New York Giants as a free agent, but was quickly released. He spent two years with the BC Lions, of the Canadian Football League (CFL), and enjoyed a career rebirth after switching to defensive end. Wake led the CFL in sacks in both 2007 and 2008, with 16 and 23, respectively.
Wake signed with the Dolphins on Jan. 18, 2009 after working out for 17 NFL teams. He made his first pro start in Week 2 and responded with 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. The following year, Wake’s meteoric rise to stardom began with a three-sack performance in Green Bay, ending with 14 sacks and his first Pro Bowl selection. Wake, who has spent time at both defensive end and outside linebacker, has posted jaw-dropping numbers in recent years – 8.5 sacks in 2011, 15.0 in 2012, 8.5 in 2013 – while earning first-team All-Pro in 2012.
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