Cameron Wake says new contract means he’s “taking things to another level”

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From a base salary of $615,000 in 2012 to a contract reportedly worth up to $49 million (we’ll break it all down once we get our eyes on the official details), Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake has dramatically altered his financial situation.  In comments distributed by the team on Sunday, Wake said it’s just the next step in his uncanny career development.

“It’s kind of like taking things to another level,” Wake said, “kind of like when I came down here from the CFL.  You always try to get better.  You always want to reach the next level and I’ve been trying to do that since the moment I stepped on the football field at Penn State.  Having a situation like this . . . it’s going through the journey.  There aren’t too many guys who can say that. . . .  Being released from the Giants, being out of football, going to the CFL and doing well up there, coming back, being inactive my first few games here with the Dolphins, playing in the Pro Bowl  —  it’s been an amazing, amazing journey.  It’s definitely been an amazing ride.”

Wake’s situation shows why so many players will continue to chase their dreams, even as they get chased out of camp after camp after camp.  With offseason rosters now at 90, that means 37 guys per team (a total of 1,184 men) ultimately will be asked to turn in their playbooks.

And Wake’s case should serve as an inspiration to players who may be getting ready to give up the fight, along with a great example for those who cash in.  “I want to stay humble with it,” Wake said.  “I have never been one of those guys.  I am not looking at a helicopter or diamonds or big tiger or nothing like that. . . .  I am kind of one of those guys that [gets] the things that I need and most of the things I want [are] well below my needs.  Like they said, ‘Wine money with beer tastes.’  I keep it pretty simple and hopefully [save money] for a rainy day in the future and hopefully for generations to come.”

Wine money with beer tastes.  That’s the best motto any pro athlete — and anyone who has found themselves currently with more money than they need — can employ.

32 responses to “Cameron Wake says new contract means he’s “taking things to another level”

  1. You’re a professional, it shouldn’t take a new contract to make you “take it to another level”. You should be playing at your highest level regardless of your paycheck.

  2. congrats to Cwake…. to think he was in the cfl a few years ago is mind blowing…. he should be inspiration to all those who go undrafted.

  3. vbe2 says:
    May 6, 2012 8:48 PM
    You’re a professional, it shouldn’t take a new contract to make you “take it to another level”. You should be playing at your highest level regardless of your paycheck
    ————————————————-
    If you were making 80 percent less than your coworkers yet outperforming everybody for two years would you have motivational issues? This guy shut his mouth and played hard for years without saying a word and all he trying to say is that Miami will be rewarded for taking care of him.

  4. That is great. Wake deserves it. As for the first comment, that is silly. Let me pay you minimum wage to design and build my house. If anyone will take it to the next level, it is Wake. He will become the defensive player of the year.

  5. I like this guy more already. You have to admire the humble guys especially the ones who worked hard for their success

  6. wasn’t a Wake fan until now. good to hear someone go from the bottom to the top and still have a head on his shoulders. probably won’t be seeing anything about this guy shooting himself in the leg or doing 130 in a 60 zone…

  7. $20 million dollars earning 4.5% interest, annually, will be worth:

    10 years: $31,059,388.43

    20 years: $48,234,280.50

    30 years: $74,906,362.69

  8. What a pleasure it was to watch this young man blossom. As a Canadian who saw him work hard & then explode in the CFL despite being considered under sized & one dimensional. Good for him, way to work hard Cameron

  9. @realnflmaster
    Change your name to realnflmoron. Jets fans’ desperation is so obvious when they make moronic comments. Keep it up morons

  10. Sounds like a humble guy. Yep – stash away that money for your non playing days.
    That and play lights out should be his 2 priorities, the rest will follow suit.

  11. It’s taking him to a new level in his career. If you read the quote it’s not about his level of play or level of motivation. The guy works hard every game and goes about his business quietly. I was really excited when we first had him in for a tryout and he hasn’t disappointed.

  12. First poster stop trying to spin it. His point is he’s always trying to get better but now he has more to prove than ever. Good sign Miami.

  13. realnflmaster says:
    May 6, 2012 9:11 PM
    Guys a bum. JETS will crush you twice.

    ————————————————–You’d never crush us even if we spotted you 10 points and a free ham sandwich. Steven hill gives you a SLIGHT edge now, but another mans trash is always another man’s treasure (Sparano) right? Closet Miami fan bro.

    P.S.-Everyone who’s wearing a firemans hat and can spell gets in the game free!!

  14. Give him credit, Cam was willing to pay the price and through dedication was able to essentially transform his physique and skill set over a very short period of time. He went from being not that big to being a monster – take a look at the photo. I say good for him. He wanted, so he did what he needed to do to get it.

  15. @realnflmaster
    Change your name to realnflmoron. Jets fans’ desperation is so obvious when they make moronic comments– well said rogde1.

    His mommy doesn’t supervise him enough in the basement. The jests wouldn’t know a pass rusher if he stood in front of them. jests 4-12 in 2012.

  16. bchapman2011 says: May 6, 2012 9:12 PM

    vbe2 says:

    If you were making 80 percent less than your coworkers yet outperforming everybody for two years would you have motivational issues? This guy shut his mouth and played hard for years without saying a word and all he trying to say is that Miami will be rewarded for taking care of him.

    So what you’re saying is lets just pay him for what he did in leagues that aren’t the NFL? I believe we did that already and it was Rookie contracts. People want to argue both sides and it isn’t possible. He is a professional and should be motivated by what the future might bring. It shouldn’t take a new contract to begin to work harder.

  17. Some of you posters are ridiculous. You wanna bag on the guy because he’s happy he’s finally making what he deserves after being grossly underpaid for Pro Bowl production…..

    So he said he’ll try even harder now… and you guys actually think that’s a negative?

    10 times out of 10 I’d rather employ someone who is motiuvated to work even harder after a big pay day than someone else who gets their cash and puts their level of effort on cruise control.

    Wake up.

  18. Good for him.
    Not a Dolphins fan (at all) but his is a great story of hard work and perseverance.

  19. He deserves to get paid. He’s the best player on that defense and has the attitude you want in a player.

    Now he wants to go out and prove that Miami made a smart decision by rewarding him with a raise. QB’s should be very afraid.

  20. Dude gets held more than a fussy baby. Now hopefully Olivier can develop quickly on the opposite end to free him up a bit.

    Cam is hungry for a Brady and Sancheeze sandwich!

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