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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Fins CB Nolan Carroll has law on his side

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have The Senator (safety George Wilson).

The New England Patriots have The Law Firm (running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis).

The New York Jets don't have a jurist, but they do have The Terminator (fullback John Conner).

The Miami Dolphins' locker room, meanwhile, has a direct line to the governor's mansion.

Jennifer Carroll
Jennifer Carroll
Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll was consumed by Election Day more than most NFL players. His mother, Jennifer Carroll, was on Florida's ballot as Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott's running mate and will be the next lieutenant governor.

The gubernatorial race was among the tightest in Florida history and wasn't decided until Alex Sink conceded early Wednesday morning.

Nolan Carroll, a rookie from the University of Maryland, watched bleary-eyed from candidate headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

"It was just nervewracking," Carroll said in a story by Palm Beach Post reporter Brian Biggane. "They said it was probably going down to the wire. We were hoping they would call it early, but it just didn't happen."

Carroll has been getting besieged with legal suggestions from his teammates. Some want reduced taxes -- even though Florida has no state income tax.

Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder declared "legalize whatever's illegal and let the state run crazy."