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Dolphins’ Jaylen Waddle explains why he ignored family after NFL Draft selection

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One of the highlights of the 2021 NFL Draft came early in the first round on Thursday, when the Dolphins selected Alabama catcher Jaylen Waddle with the sixth overall pick.

Not only did the selection make Waddle the first Alabama player off the board, it came after he missed nearly the entire 2020 college football season with an ankle injury. Oh, and he reunited with his former Alabama teammate and 2020 first-round pick, Tua Tagovailoa.

It was a poignant moment that left many confused when Waddle completely ignored his family and opted to celebrate with his Alabama teammates Patrick Surtain II, DeVonta Smith and Mac Jones on their way to the stage.

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Hey, it just means more at the SEC.

But there was an explanation: Waddle had already celebrated with his family, which the television cameras did not capture. Hence the awkward cold shoulder:

That’s good to hear. The only people Waddle needs to worry about leaving in the dust from now on are the NFL defenders.

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