When the Dolphins visited the Jets last year, the biggest story coming out of the game was the bizarre incident when Jets strength coach Sal Alosi tripped Dolphins punt gunner Nolan Carroll. As the Dolphins prepare to visit the Jets again this year, Alosi is long gone, and Carroll says he moved past the incident long ago.
“To tell you the truth, it hasn’t even crossed my mind since the incident happened,” Carroll told the Sun-Sentinel. “I put it in the back of my head after the week that it happened. Obviously, there were some bad intentions, but I forgive him at the end of the day, regardless of the situation.”
When asked about Alosi, Carroll takes a diplomatic approach — something he may have inherited from his mother, Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll. Alosi apologized to Carroll shortly after the incident, and Carroll says it’s over and done with.
“He’s humble,” Carroll said. “He sounded humble when he was on the phone. He called me and apologized. He sounded sincere. . . . I just told him, ‘It’s cool, man.'”
After losing his job with the Jets because of the incident, Alosi was out of work for a while before finding a job with the athletic department at Bryant University, a small school in Rhode Island. That’s obviously a big step down for Alosi’s career, but Carroll says he’s glad Alosi is getting a chance to keep working in sports.
“I’m happy for him,” Carroll says. “He got another shot at it, which is good. You start at the bottom and work your way back up. That’s what he’s doing.”
And if Alosi works his way back into the NFL, that will be just fine with Carroll, who ought to be commended for taking the high road after being on the receiving end of one of the NFL’s strangest cheap shots.