Having completed the biggest trade of the NFL Draft weekend by acquiring former Cardinals first round pick Josh Rosen Friday night, the Dolphins may have already had an idea of what kind of leadership they were getting with the second-year QB. Well, the last 24 hours have demonstrated that they may be getting an even bigger leader than what they thought.
First, there’s something to be said for Rosen taking the high road during the entire off-season soap opera of whether or not the Cardinals were going to draft Oklahoman Heisman winning quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick.
Not once did Rosen publicly complain that the job that was supposed to be his, was being yanked out from under him after only one season. A season, where Cardinals first-year coach Steve Wilks had fired the offensive coordinator less than halfway into it. Then, Wilks got fired himself and set into motion the hiring of Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury and eventually, the drafting of Murray.
Even even in the previous couple of weeks, where it became increasingly apparent the Kingsbury was in love with Murray and he was going to be the pick, you still never heard Rosen say a disparaging word anywhere, including online, about Arizona or the situation.
And in taking the high road, Rosen was rewarded with a trade to a franchise in South Florida that has been craving somebody to develop into not only the passer but the leader at the offense needs.
And that’s when Rosen gave two more examples of his character and his leadership. First he posted this classy goodbye to the Cardinals organization and fans with predictions of greatness for Murray, too, on Instagram:
That is obviously something he did not have to do, and could have just said nothing when departing.
Still it speaks to maturity and character for the former UCLA star.
Then, on Saturday afternoon Rosen kept his commitment to participate with former teammate and soon-to-be Hall of Fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s charity softball event.
Fitzgerald, who’s as iconic as any Cardinal and as any athlete in the “Valley of the Sun,” praised Rosen’s handling of the whole situation on the PA microphone to the crowd prior to Rosen taking part in the softball Home Run Derby.
Take a look at the video, as Rosen got a standing ovation before taking some cuts in the batter’s box:
Josh Rosen gets a standing ovation at #FitzSoftball. He homered his second pitch of the derby. I was told he stayed in town specifically for this. In the time it’s taken me to type this, he’s had six more homers pic.twitter.com/Cgt0x5lO4O
— katherine fitzgerald (@kfitz134) April 28, 2019
Rosen very easily could have “bagged” the softball charity event Saturday night and almost everyone, including Fitzgerald, would have understood under the circumstances of what had transpired the last two days and his being traded.
But, there’s a right way and a wrong way to conduct yourself, and Rosen has obviously gotten great upbringing and representation on: whenever you get the chance to lead and do the right thing, you should do it.
That way, others will unquestionably follow you, because they know you’re of high character and your heart and head are always in the right place for them and for the team.
Rosen may or may not excel in Dolphin colors later this season and broader, for his Miami career.
But no one can question, that even while being “hung out to dry” recently, he’s handled himself with class and demonstrated leadership qualities that have to be very encouraging for the Fins organization and should be for the fans as well.
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