Few offensive tackles were as dominant in the 1990s as 6-foot-6 Richmond Webb, who protected Dan Marino's backside for the second half of the Hall of Fame quarterback's storied career. The ninth overall selection of the 1990 NFL draft, Webb was an immediate success in Miami, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons.
Webb was a product of one of Texas' top prep programs at Dallas' Roosevelt High School — the same school that turned out Raiders LB Aaron Wallace and Cowboys WR-KR Kevin Williams. After a notable career at Texas A&M, Webb spent 11 seasons in Miami and two in Cincinnati before retiring from football in 2002.
PFW recently spoke with Webb and discussed a number of topics.
Anything and everything (within reason)
I moved back to Texas and live in Houston today, and basically now I'm an investor. I invest in real estate. Have some rental properties, some investments in some small companies. I do just about anything to make money as long as it's not illegal, let's put it that way (laughs).
Prep football in Texas
Growing up in Dallas, born and raised a Cowboy fan, even before I started playing organized football that's what we would do. As soon as we had our homework done we'd go out and play football every day. I guess football in Texas is like basketball in New York.
Draft day, 1990
Well, you get all the calls, see all the projections, you read the paper — Pro Football Weekly, Sports Illustrated — and everybody had me projected to go in the top 10 or top 15. That morning of the draft I think I got a call from the Raiders, New Orleans and another team. The Raiders had the 11th pick and figured I'd be gone, but if not they were going to take me. Was at home watching the draft … as soon as New England took Chris Singleton, the phone rang and it was Coach (Don) Shula. It was just a big relief. Even though you're projected to go there you don't really know until you get that call.
The business of football
I'll talk to guys and they'll say, 'Man, the money guys are making now is outrageous,' but I can remember when I came out the guys before me were talking about how much we were making. The best thing is that the money keeps going up. I'm just glad the offensive line is getting more attention these days, and that teams recognize that if you're going to pay a (quarterback) all that money, you need a guy to protect his blind side.
Learning from a legend
I played with Marino for 10 years and the thing about Marino was that I learned so much about how to conduct myself on and off the field. His game preparation, week in and week out — getting there early, staying after, film study — he had the God-given talent, but he also committed himself to being mentally ready each week. He was the ultimate competitor and didn't accept losing and I think that trickled down to the rest of the offense. I learned a great deal from Dan and am happy to have had the chance to play with someone of his caliber.
Patience and understanding
There are only five or six guys that go into the Hall of Fame each year. A good friend of mine, Cortez Kennedy, almost made the finalists last year. The way we talk about it, if you look at the list of the people who haven't made it in the Hall of Fame, you don't feel as bad. I don't walk around with a chip on my shoulder; if it's going to happen, it's going to happen.
Hopes for Miami in 2010
One of the best acquisitions was Miami getting Brandon Marshall. He has that big-play ability and if you get the ball in his hands it'll be six points. I have high expectations. I know they're in a tough division, with New England and the Jets … but I think they have a shot to get back into the playoffs this year.
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