Although he's getting up there in years, his body is a lot younger and his body is in better shape than a lot of guys younger than him. —Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi
Former BYU defensive end John Denney reached a milestone Sunday night, playing long snapper in his 200th straight game for the Miami Dolphins in a 27-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
He joined an elite Dolphins company with Sunday’s game, as Dan Marino and Jason Taylor are the only other players to appear in 200 games or more for Miami.
Denney, a two-time Pro Bowler, arrived in Miami in 2005 and has played in every game since then. He holds the longest active consecutive games played streak for a long snapper in the NFL and fifth-longest among all players, according to Miami.
The Dolphins took a look at a few of the numbers from Denney's career. Among them:
— He has three career fumble recoveries.
— He's snapped the ball to seven different punters, eight different placekickers and worked with four different holders.
— He's had 419 teammates who have appeared in at least one Dolphins regular season game, including former BYU teammate, quarterback John Beck.
— Including his eight snaps on Sunday, the number of snaps the 38-year-old Denney has played in his career, excluding penalties and fakes, is 1,780. That includes 1,002 snaps for punts, 409 snaps for extra points, and 369 snaps for field goals.
"I have the utmost respect for him and what he has done," Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi told the media before the game last week, citing Denney's ability to stay in shape, his mentality for the position and his skill set, including his blocking ability, as reasons for his longevity in the league.
"You look at that position, and it's a skill set you have to have. John does a phenomenal job of keeping in outstanding shape," Rizzi continued. "I think John takes 10 days or two weeks off after the season, then I think he's here as much as I am because he's constantly working on his body, working on nutrition. Although he's getting up there in years, his body is a lot younger and his body is in better shape than a lot of guys younger than him."
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ impresses former Utes
The latest movie installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to hit the big screen, “Thor: Ragnarok,” opened in theaters last week, and a pair of former University of Utah football players turned to Twitter to share their reviews of the film.
NFL rookie Isaac Asiata, now with the Miami Dolphins, was a fan and thanked Marvel for the ticket to see the third solo Thor film that also featured the Hulk.
Eric Weddle, who had an interception for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, shared a photo of himself and “the boys” at the theater, then shared his thoughts on how the film rated on a scale from 1 to 10.
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First-year NFL safety Kai Nacua was honored at his high school Friday night, as the former BYU star had his jersey retired at Liberty High School in Las Vegas.