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Improbable path to celebrity for Dolphins' safety

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By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - 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.

Thomas says 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 playoff berth if they win their final two games.

Miami plays at Buffalo on Sunday.

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