Super Return for Wale

Former Dolphins defensive end Adewale Ogunleye wasn't happy about leaving Miami in 2004 when he couldn't come to terms on a long-term contract and ended up being traded to Chicago. But he's all smiles this week back in South Florida and preparing for the first Super Bowl appearance of his career.

"It's so phenomenal to me," Ogunleye said Monday. "I have been telling people all week that I have just come full circle right now in my career. To play a Super Bowl in Miami is really, really special. I have created some good relationships here. You know, I still do live down here in the offseason, and to play here is really huge."

Ogunleye indicated he actually went to his house in Broward County on Sunday after the team arrived from Chicago.

And, yes, he did talk to at least one of his former teammates.

"I talked to Randy McMichael, I left a message for Zach (Thomas)," Ogunleye said. "Everybody is all excited. I'm sure they're a little jealous."

Ogunleye admitted that at first he was mad about not being able to sign a long-term deal with Miami, but he said he then realized that football wasn't a game, but rather a business.

But Ogunleye can't really complain. He got the big contract he wanted in Chicago, he won a division title last year and now he's in the Super Bowl.

And Sunday he will be playing in the stadium he called home for a few years.

"It's going to be big," he said. "We're the home team, so we'll be dressing in the same place where I used to get dressed for games, so it'll be a little surreal."

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