Game ball for grandma: Miami Dolphins' Salvon Ahmed honors her with 122 yards vs. Patriots

Hal Habib
Palm Beach Post
Dolphins running back Salvon Ahmed celebrates his touchdown against the Patriots.

Dolphins running back Salvon Ahmed had to have help to rush for 122 yards against the Patriots, and it turns out it wasn’t just his offensive line pushing him over the finish line.

Ahmed’s first 100-yard performance in the NFL was in honor of his grandmother, who soon will be receiving the game ball from her grandson.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted during the game that Ahmed was honoring Dee Brown, who is in the hospital and one of Salvon’s biggest fans.

After the game, Ahmed, an undrafted rookie free-agent, appeared too modest to talk about the heart-warming story, but his dedication of the performance to her is correct.

“My grandma, she’s doing good now,” Ahmed said postgame. “But yeah, that’s all I’ll say about that.”

That’s not all there is to say about Ahmed. Not even close.

Injuries in part have limited him to only four games this season, but his big day against the Patriots leave him with 288 yards and two touchdowns on 63 carries.

To put it another way: Ahmed’s current pace would equal 1,152 yards in a 16-game season. Once his running mate, Myles Gaskin, returns, the Dolphins could have a formidable University of Washington duo in the backfield.

As it was, the Dolphins rushed for 250 yards against the Patriots, flipping the script from the season-opener, when New England ran for 217 to beat Miami.

Sunday marked the first time the Dolphins have rushed for more than 200 yards since Dec. 24, 2016, against Buffalo. And Ahmed is the first undrafted rookie in Dolphins history to break 100. The Dolphins’ previous season-high was 138 against Jacksonville.

“This is a big win for us and our team, and we work hard for this,” Ahmed said. “I’m just happy to be a part of it, be a part of this organization.”

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