Polite was a fixture and a fan favorite in Miami. But he was unexpectedly released this past summer by the Dolphins. The New England Patriots felt they needed a fullback late in the season and picked up Polite in December. Now, Polite is one game away from winning his first Super Bowl.
The AFC East blog caught up with Polite Thursday to recap all that went down.
Lou, how do you reflect on your time in Miami?
Lousaka Polite: I remember all of it, because it was all a very exciting experience for me. To be able to sign with them and find a role was a good experience. We had a good time. We won some games. Of course, we didn’t do as well as we’d like to, but that’s part of the game. But once I was released, I waited a long time to get here. The fact that I was able to get on somewhere was another blessing and a great experience. This game has taught me a lot over the years to stay hungry, to stay ready and control what you can control. That’s probably the No. 1 lesson I learned over the years.
LP: I would assume he would know this division best, because he played us twice a year. So seeing us twice a year over the last few years probably gives him some insight and intel on what we can do. It makes sense, especially against players you’re not going to see up close and personal all the time. I’m guessing that has something to do with it.
A lot of Dolphins fans were upset when you were released. Any message to them?
LP: Man, I love the Miami Dolphins fans. They showed me tons of love and I appreciate them. I still have a home there in the offseason, and I’m sure I will see them. I thank them for everything they’ve done for me the last couple of years. It was a great ride. I appreciate all the Dolphans.
What do you think of Miami starting over again with a new head coach and a new program?
LP: That's the way this game is played. It’s the evolution. It’s always evolving. It’s always changing. The turnover is ridiculous. It’s constant. It’s like a revolving door. Because in a high-performance business, they’re always searching for the right fit. That’s just how it is, whether it’s coaching, whether it’s players. They will always continue to search for something new, something that might be a better fit. That’s just the way it is.
Are you surprised your former coach, Tony Sparano, ended up with Rex Ryan in New York?
LP: [Laughs] Oh yeah, that was interesting. I was, like, "OK." But that lets you know that it’s always business first. That's an example. A year prior, they were rivals. Now, they're working together.
A year ago you were with the Dolphins, and a year later you're in the Super Bowl with a rival team. Could you have predicted this?
LP: No way, man. This journey has been so unpredictable. But that’s why you stay in the moment and stay mentally prepared and mentally tough. You just don’t know what’s going to be coming your way. So the best thing you can do is keep that tunnel vision. Because if you start doubting yourself, or start questioning what the next move is, you have to remind yourself that you can’t control that. But you can stay in shape and stay prepared.