Among all of the Miami Dolphins, idle tackle Jonathan Martin knows the team's new celebrity safety the best, because they played together in college.
So when Michael Thomas made a game-winning interception in his NFL debut and found himself mobbed by teammates who didn't even know his name, Martin was quick to send a congratulatory text message, coast to coast and Stanford alum to Stanford alum.
''That means a lot,'' Thomas said Tuesday. ''Jonathan was one of my best friends at Stanford. I looked up to Jon.''
Thomas said Martin's still rooting for Miami, despite his allegations of daily harassment by teammates that prompted him to leave the team in October. The bullying scandal threatened to sabotage the season, but instead the Dolphins (8-6) have gone 5-2 since Martin went home to California, and they'll clinch a wild-card playoff berth if they win their final two games.
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