Canes In Sight: DJ Williams Talks LBs, Gator Cookout.

Canes In Sight: DJ Williams Talks LBs, Gator Cookout.

Thanks to DMoney for the interview and amazing write-up! Can't wait for the cookout 🔥 As of writing this, there are 22 tickets remaining. Read the full article here:

August 15, 2019 — Dyme Lyfe
DJ Williams Joins The Storm Surge Podcast to Talk Dyme Lyfe and the Season: Crutches & Ice Packs

DJ Williams Joins The Storm Surge Podcast to Talk Dyme Lyfe and the Season: Crutches & Ice Packs

August 15, 2019 — Dyme Lyfe
Miami Herald: This Wynwood brewery reps The U so hard they are going to barbecue a gator

Miami Herald: This Wynwood brewery reps The U so hard they are going to barbecue a gator

Is it ridiculous? Yes. Is it going to be amazing? Absolutely. Read the full article here:

August 15, 2019 — Dyme Lyfe
State Of The U: Interview With Dyme Lyfe Founder and Former Miami Hurricane D.J. Williams

State Of The U: Interview With Dyme Lyfe Founder and Former Miami Hurricane D.J. Williams

D.J Williams was the number one recruit in the nation for the 2000 recruiting class before signing with the Canes. Williams played all four years at Miami, was a two-time First-Team Big East selection at linebacker in 2002 and 2003. D.J. was also part of the 2001 National Championship team for the Hurricanes. He was drafted 17th overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2004 NFL Draft. Williams spent 11 seasons with the Broncos and Chicago Bears.

August 09, 2019 — Dyme Lyfe
Tastes Like Chicken - Dyme Lyfe To Host Gator Cookout and Party Before The Camping World Kick-Off Game

Tastes Like Chicken - Dyme Lyfe To Host Gator Cookout and Party Before The Camping World Kick-Off Game

DJ Williams in our newly released Gator Shack gameday shirt taking a bite out of a Gator Taco, one of the dishes to be served at the cookout. 

Dyme Lyfe, J. Wakefield Brewing, and Hate Mondays Tavern BBQ have teamed up to bring the Canes family a party they'll never forget and we're pulling out all the stops. The cookout takes place Sunday, August 18th 4-8PM at J. Wakefield Brewing.

The BBQ geniuses at Hate Mondays will be smoking gator, J. Wakefield will be releasing a new Drain The Swamp Double IPA, and we'll be selling gear to make sure you're Dyme'd up for the big game. There will be a live DJ keeping the party going all day long while we chomp down on delicious gator and take down some craft beer.

This event is ticketed! Tickets are $30 and include a beer, a plate of gator, and a Dyme Lyfe Turnover Chain. There will be a few other non-gator options for those who do not wish to indulge in this Florida delicacy. Get your tickets here!


July 25, 2019 — Dyme Lyfe

Dyme Lyfe Season 8: New Canes Gear, OG Dyme Drop, ED Reed Collection 🔥

Get Free Shipping all weekend long when you purchase anything from our OG Dyme Collection here.

Get FREE SHIPPING until Monday 5/20 on all orders containing at least one OG Dyme Item. 

May 17, 2019 — Dyme Lyfe
Sports Illustrated- When the Canes Ruled the Draft: The Year Miami Had Six First-Rounders

Sports Illustrated- When the Canes Ruled the Draft: The Year Miami Had Six First-Rounders

When the Canes Ruled the Draft: The Year Miami Had Six First-Rounders

Nick Saban’s Alabama is the school the NFL loves these days—with four first-rounders in each of the last two drafts, and maybe that many again in 2019. But no college can match the Miami class of 2004, which placed a record six players in the first round. Their draft stories capture the capricious unpredictability of the league’s evaluation and selection process.
April 19, 2019

Toward the end of February 2004, the entire football world descended on the University of Miami for the Hurricanes’ pro day. Some estimate there were several hundred people in attendance, including coaches, executives, and scouts from every organization, it seemed. When Jonathan Vilma arrived, he couldn’t find parking—for his own showcase. “I was like three hours early, too,” he says.

Pundits had already started speculating that as many as six Hurricanes could go in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft. Not only would six of them go in the first round—setting an NFL record—they would all go in the first 21 picks. To this day, no school, not even Nick Saban’s Alabama, has ever produced that much talent at the top of a single draft.

Now 15 years later, enough time has passed that we can properly assess that 2004 Miami draft class. A few of the players became stars, a few developed into solid starters, and a few were, well … it got complicated. For none of the six would their careers go exactly as planned. No, looking back, this 2004 Miami draft class might not have been the greatest ever. But it might have been the class that best encapsulates the draft experience. The Hurricanes of 2004 showed us just how difficult it is to evaluate prospects, and how capricious the draft can be.

David Bergman

Back at that pro day, though, all six of these Miami prospects looked like solid bets. When the draft arrived, teams were practically climbing over one another to pick one of them.

Washington, the owner of the fifth pick, had sent a contingent of about a half-dozen people to that Miami pro day. Among them was Vinny Cerrato, the team’s vice president of football operations. He remembers that the team was considering just two players for that No. 5 pick: Miami safety Sean Taylor, and Miami tight end Kellen Winslow II.

The staff was split, Cerrato recalls. The offensive coaches wanted Winslow, and the defensive coaches wanted Taylor. In case of a tie, Joe Gibbs, the coach and team president, would likely make the call, and Gibbs was an offensive-minded coach who loved athletic tight ends. Years earlier, when Gibbs was working as the Chargers’ offensive coordinator, he coached a young Kellen Winslow Sr. Under Gibbs’ watch, in 1980, Winslow Sr. had the best season of his career: 89 catches for 1290 yards and nine touchdowns.

Naturally, Washington brought Winslow II in for an official visit. But it didn’t go so well. One morning, Cerrato recalls, Winslow was supposed to meet Gibbs for breakfast and didn’t show. Gibbs discovered that Winslow was up in his room, sleeping. Later on, when Winslow visited the facility, he fell asleep again. “It wasn’t a good first impression, let me just say that,” Cerrato says. It also didn’t help that Winslow hired as his agents the Poston brothers, who had recently clashed with the team during LaVar Arrington’s contract negotiations. Arrington had accused the team of cheating him out of $6.5 million. 

Even so, the Washington decision-makers were still split between Winslow and Taylor. Finally, about a week before the draft, Gibbs gathered everyone to watch the 2003 national championship game between Miami and Ohio State. First they watched Winslow’s tape—he had 11 catches for 122 yards and a touchdown that game—and the room was buzzing. Then they watched Taylor’s tape. He made two interceptions and a number of big plays. After that, Cerrato says, the offensive coaches were adamant:

Joe, we’ve got to take Sean Taylor.

Of the six Hurricanes prospects, Taylor was the athletic freak. Andreu Swasey, the Miami strength coach at the time, remembers Taylor weighing about 230-plus pounds and running a sub 4.4 40-yard dash. A free safety, he was both an enforcer and a nimble cover man. Receivers, tight ends, running backs—Taylor could run with anyone. And level them, too.

Sean Taylor.

Sean Taylor.

Heinz Kluetmeier

Washington needed a playmaker in its secondary. That offseason the team had traded Pro Bowl corner Champ Bailey to the Broncos for Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis. He was also a former Miami Hurricane, and he had an opinion on the Taylor vs. Winslow debate, too. Portis had been in Gibbs’ ear, urging him to take Taylor.

When draft day arrived, Gibbs had decided: Taylor would be the pick. But at the last minute, the Browns, owners of the No. 7 pick, called asking to trade up. Butch Davis, Cleveland’s coach and EVP, had previously been the head coach at Miami and had recruited all six of these Hurricane prospects out of high school. He knew them better than anyone in the NFL perhaps, and he was enamored with the same two that Gibbs was: Taylor and Winslow.

Cerrato says the Browns were coming for Taylor. Davis is more diplomatic about it: “It was probably about 60-40 that we would’ve taken Sean [over Winslow],” he says. He wanted to know what it’d cost to get Taylor. But Washington wasn’t budging. “There was no interest whatsoever,” Cerrato says. “We wanted Sean Taylor.”

No. 5, Washington Redskins: Sean Taylor, safety

It turned out that Washington wasn’t the only team the Browns had contacted about trading up. They called the Giants about the No. 4 pick, too, apparently so they could leapfrog Washington and pick Sean Taylor themselves. Ernie Acorsi, the Giants’ general manager at the time, told Tom Callahan, the author of the book The GM, that the Browns offered him a second-round pick to move up. “… I almost did it,” Accorsi recalled. “But I stopped and thought, You know what? If I drop down to pick up a second, and now Cleveland makes the Manning trade, I’ll kill myself.” Instead, Accorsi worked out the “Manning trade” himself. He took Phillip Rivers at No. 4 and flipped him to the Chargers for Eli Manning, who had made it clear he did not want to play for San Diego, even though the Chargers had selected him No. 1.

After Washington snatched up Taylor at No. 5, the Browns turned their attention to Kellen Winslow. This time they wanted to ensure they got their guy, so they reached out to Detroit, which owned the No. 6 pick. The Lions ultimately agreed to the trade that Accorsi had turned down: Cleveland sent Detroit a second-round pick to move up one spot, from No 7.

That seemed like a high price, but Davis felt the move was worth it to secure Winslow. Remember, Ben Roethlisberger, the Miami (Ohio) quarterback, was still on the board at that point. But the Browns had signed Jeff Garcia that offseason, and they still had Tim Couch on their roster. Apparently the Browns believed they’d be OK at quarterback, although they would release Couch a few months later, after he refused to take a pay cut. “At the time we needed explosive offensive people to surround the quarterback,” Davis says. “You liked all the things that you could do with [Winslow] offensively.”

Kellen Winslow.

Kellen Winslow.

Rob Tringali

Having recruited him out of high school, Davis also felt he had a good grasp on Winslow the person. The Browns had conducted a routine background check on Winslow leading up to the draft, “and there was nothing that we found out that was any kind of red flag,” Davis says, “other than some of the comments he made.”

Winslow had made the comments in early November 2003, after an emotional loss to Tennessee. During the game, Winslow had stood over and taunted a Tennessee defensive back who appeared to be injured, moments after Winslow had demolished him with a block. Afterward reporters asked Winslow about the play. “It’s war,” Winslow said. “They don’t give a freaking you-know-what about you. They will kill you. They’re out there to kill you, so I’m [going] to kill them. You write that in the paper. You write that. You make money off that.” In a video of the exchange, it appears that someone tried asking Winslow another question. Instead, he doubled down: “Nah, man, I’m pissed! All ya’ll take this down. I’m pissed, man. We don’t care about nobody except this ‘U.’ We don’t. If I didn’t hurt him, he’d hurt me. They were gunning for my legs. I’m going to come right back at them. I’m a f---ing soldier!”

The comments drew criticism and made headlines nationwide. The country was only a few years removed from 9/11, and the Iraq war had begun earlier in the year. People thought it was insensitive for a football player to call the game a “war,” and himself a “solider.”

The Miami coaches asked Winslow to apologize to the team. They gathered everyone in the team meeting room, along with several university and athletic department officials. According to D.J. Williams, one of Winslow’s teammates who was also a member of that 2004 draft class, this is what happened next: “Kellen went up there, and he was supposed to apologize. He took a deep breath. He said, ‘I guess everybody knows why we’re here and what happened last week. They want me to apologize.’ And he goes: ‘… I ain’t f---ing doing it.’ And the athletic director and the president’s face was like, what? Our strength and conditioning coach put his face in his hands and was like, Oh sh--.

Michael J. Lebrecht III

“Kellen’s like, ‘I’m not f---ing doing it!’ He gets louder. He goes, ‘You know why I’m not f---ing doing it?’ He starts pointing guys out on the team: ‘Because you loved that sh--, you loved that sh--, and you loved that sh--. We ain’t no f---ing pussies.’

“And then he goes and sits down. There was silence for about five seconds, and then [coach] Larry Coker was like, ‘Uhh, O.K., break it up.’ And the meeting just ended.”

Winslow’s teammates had seen him like this before. They interpreted it as a manifestation of his competitiveness. The Browns viewed his “soldier” comments the same way. “That was kind of the type of kid he was: unbelievably competitive,” Davis says. “It just solidified what we already knew: This kid wants to win. He was just a competitor.” 

No. 6, Cleveland Browns: Kellen Winslow II, tight end

In the lead-up to the draft, many NFL teams had shown interest in Miami’s top two linebackers, Jonathan Vilma and D.J. Williams. But a handful of teams had coveted all three of Miami’s starting linebackers, including Darrell McClover, who was generally considered a late-round prospect. One of those teams was the Jets, owners of the 12th overall pick. They brought in all three of the Miami linebackers, together, for an official pre-draft visit.

During that visit the trio met together with Jets coach Herm Edwards, who asked them questions and gushed over their tape. At one point toward the end of the conversation, Edwards asked Vilma how much he weighed. This was touchy subject. Some people wondered if Vilma was heavy enough to play middle linebacker in the NFL.

If only they’d seen him four years earlier. When Vilma arrived at Miami he had the smarts to play middle linebacker and run a defense, but he lacked the size. He weighed 195 pounds, soaking wet. “Probably more like 190,” Vilma admits now. He wasn’t that fast, either. He ran the 40-yard dash somewhere in the 4.9s as a freshman. When Andreu Swasey, the Hurricanes’ strength coach, put Vilma through one of his first conditioning drills, he vomited halfway through. Once he finished, Swasey pulled him aside and told Vilma he’d be a star. “I was like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about, I just threw up,’ ” Vilma recalls. But Swasey had a vision, and he’d worked with stars before. He’d put Vilma on “the Regimen,” the same program that helped Andre Johnson and Ed Reed develop into stars at Miami. “I knew that, on average, I was going to have a guy gain at least 30 pounds of pure lean mass,” Swasey says. He told Vilma to trust the Regimen and that “the weight will come.”

Jonathan Vilma.

Jonathan Vilma.

Michael O'Neill

Vilma bought into the Regimen and gained five to ten pounds a year. He gradually got more athletic, too. Between his sophomore and junior year, in particular, Vilma noticed a big improvement in his speed and explosiveness. Those traits would help him compensate for his lack of size. “That’s what made me a first-rounder,” Vilma says.

Sitting across from Herm Edwards, Vilma told him he weighed maybe 223, 225, and that he could bulk up to 230 if need be. Edwards responded, No, don’t do that. Go back down to what you played at your senior year. That’s what I want. He’d watched plenty of tape on Vilma. That’s the player he wanted in the middle of his defense. In fact, Edwards had a crush on all three of the Miami linebackers. He told them that day: I’m taking two out of the three of you. “He was dead serious about it, too,” Vilma says. Edwards stayed true to his word: He nabbed Vilma in the first round, and McClover in the seventh. 

No. 12, New York Jets: Jonathan Vilma, linebacker

After the Jets chose Vilma, D.J. Williams wasn’t exactly sure where he would land. At one point in the draft process, Bill Belichick had come down to Miami to work out Vilma and him together. They were two different types of linebacker. Vilma was more the cerebral team-leader, Williams the better athlete. When he was a freshman, the coaches had used Williams at fullback, just to get him on the field, as he waited his turn at linebacker.

Belichick put Vilma and Williams through about 45 minutes of drills. He didn’t film anything, didn’t bring an entourage of scouts or coaches—just his son Steve, who was around 17 at the time. In typical Belichick fashion, the Patriots coach didn’t say much throughout the workout, either. Once it ended, he simply thanked the two players and walked off.  

“We were like, what the hell just happened?” Vilma recalls. He and Williams had no idea whether Belichick was actually interested. It turned out he would never get a chance to draft either of them.

Shortly after Vilma went at 12, Williams received a phone call from the Saints, who owned the 18th pick. “They had looked at all of the teams ahead of them, and nobody needed a linebacker,” Williams says. They told Williams they were drafting him.

At his draft party, in a players lounge at the Miami football facility, everyone started celebrating. This seemed like the perfect landing spot: Donte Stallworth, who Williams calls his cousin, already played for the Saints. Williams phoned Stallworth, and he raved about the organization. Williams’ family started brainstorming people they knew in New Orleans, and which games they’d attend. “We’re talking about beads and Mardi Gras and gumbo,” Williams says.

D.J. Williams.

D.J. Williams.

David Bergman

He remembers being on the phone with the Saints when his agent, Tony Fleming, told him that the Broncos were on the other line. “I looked at him like, ‘O.K.? I’m going to the Saints. They already said they’re going to draft me,’ ” Williams says. “He was like, ‘No, you’ve got to take this call.’ ” Denver owned the No. 17 pick, one spot ahead of New Orleans. Williams put the other phone to his ear: How would you like to be a Denver Bronco? Then he saw his name flash across the TV screen.

Williams asked his agent, What’s going on here? Do I have to go to Denver?

Yeah, you kind of have to, Fleming replied.

Williams was confused by the Broncos’ interest, and apparently so were the Saints. A few weeks earlier Denver had traded cornerback Deltha O’Neal to the Bengals to move up seven spots in the draft, into that No. 17 slot. Even so, Williams thought Denver was set at linebacker. The Broncos had two Pro Bowlers in Ian Gold and Al Wilson and a former All-Pro in John Mobley.

But Mobley had suffered a spine injury the previous season that would eventually end his career, and Gold was a free agent. After drafting Williams, the Broncos would let Gold sign with Tampa Bay. This was the NFL’s circle of life, in action. A young linebacker comes in, and an older, more expensive one is shown the door.

Williams was curious about his new team, so he tapped into the Miami alumni network. He spoke to Portis, who’d played the previous two seasons in Denver. “He didn’t help the situation,” Williams recalls. “He was like, ‘Man, it’s cold up there. It snows. I know you like to party and hang out: Everything closes at 1 o’clock.’ I was just like, ah man.”

At 18, the Saints chose Will Smith, an Ohio State defensive end, and the dream was over. “If you look at my draft pictures,” Williams says, “I wasn’t that happy.”

No. 17, Denver Broncos: D.J. Williams, linebacker

Across town, Vernon Carey, the Hurricanes’ 6’5”, 335-pound offensive lineman, had tuned into the draft around the same time Williams was picked. For his draft party, Carey had rented out B.E.D. Miami, a South Beach dance club decorated with king-sized beds and white drapes. Carey had grown up in nearby Liberty City, and he’d invited 75 of his family members, coaches and friends to come celebrate with him. He spent the first half of the draft mingling with all his guests. His agent had told him he’d probably be picked somewhere between 19 and 32, so he didn’t start keeping track until pick 16.

Carey had long expected to be in this position. Coming out of high school, he was one of the top recruits in the country—and the status may have gone to his head. “Vernon was a highly, highly sought-after recruit,” says Swasey, the strength coach. “Being all over the country eating on every trip—by the time he showed up, it was like, damn. He was up to 380-something, I think. I mean, he was heavy.” As a result, Carey redshirted his first year and mostly served as a backup the following two seasons.

Around that time, Carey received two wake-up calls. First, his girlfriend gave birth to their first child, a boy they named Vernon Carey Jr. Then he watched the Minnesota Vikings draft his Miami teammate Bryant McKinnie at No. 7 overall in 2002.

Vernon Carey (middle, kneeling) and the Canes offensive linemen.

Vernon Carey (middle, kneeling) and the Canes offensive linemen.

Bill Frakes

Carey and McKinnie were close friends. The two had arrived at Miami the same year (Carey as a freshman, McKinnie as a JUCO transfer), they were both mammoth offensive linemen, and they lived next to each other in the dorms. On the field, Carey says: “I learned everything from him.” Off the field, he says: “We always partied together.” Seeing McKinnie get drafted that high gave Carey a little extra motivation. As Swasey puts it, “He realized, Dang, man, with the money Bryant was getting …”

At Carey’s draft party, McKinnie was there at his side. A day or two before, McKinnie had told Carey that Mike Tice, the Vikings coach and offensive line enthusiast, had been asking about him. I think we’re going to get you, McKinnie had said.

Lo and behold, as the Vikings’ pick at No. 19 approached, they called Carey. He and McKinnie were going to be teammates. Then the Vikings said, hold on, let us call you back. Next thing Carey knew, the Dolphins were calling him. They had traded a fourth-round pick to the Vikings to move up one spot and draft him. The Vikings dropped back a spot and took Kenechi Udeze, a USC defensive end, who would apparently fill one of their needs.

Carey would come to realize later on it was probably for the best that he and McKinnie weren’t reunited as teammates. “It would’ve been fun,” he says. “We probably would’ve had too much fun.”

No. 19, Miami Dolphins: Vernon Carey, offensive tackle

The last of the six Miami first-round hopefuls was Vince Wilfork, the big defensive tackle, and he appeared to be sliding in the draft. Wilfork had expected to go No. 14, to Chicago, but the Bears had instead gone for Tommie Harris, the Oklahoma defensive tackle. Harris was quick and athletic; Wilfork was short and stocky and considered more of a run-stuffer. Wilfork was listed at 6’1”, 323 pounds—and that was apparently after he had dropped 20 pounds leading up to the draft. Some evaluators still seemed to have questions about Wilfork’s weight.

“I felt really comfortable with Chicago,” Wilfork told a reporter from The Palm Beach Post that day. “Once I saw they didn’t pick me, I got frustrated. I was wondering how much longer I’d be waiting.”

As Wilfork slid, he tried to put on a good face for the sake of his guests. He had turned his draft party into a charity event, inviting the general public, some of his teammates and an ESPN camera crew to join him at GameWorks, a local arcade bar, as he waited to be picked. “Big Daddy Draft Day Fest,” he called it. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Wilfork signed autographs, hosted a silent auction and raised more than $10,000 for diabetes research. He vowed to match that amount once he signed his contract.

Wilfork chose the cause for a specific purpose. Both of his parents had died in 2002, during his sophomore year. His father had diabetes and reportedly died of kidney failure in June, and then his mother died from complications from a stroke that December.

At the time, Randy Shannon, the Hurricanes’ defensive coordinator, worried about Wilfork’s health, too. Wilfork had been heavy from the time he arrived at Miami, tipping the scales are more than 300 pounds. Back then, the Hurricanes had such a talented defensive line that Shannon rotated players frequently, so everyone played about 35 to 40 snaps a game. In theory, the rotation was designed to keep bigger defensive tackles like Wilfork fresh. But during his freshman year Wilfork would frequently ask Shannon for more snaps.

Vince Wilfork.

Vince Wilfork.

Robert Beck.

So Shannon decided to teach Wilfork a lesson. When Miami jumped out to a big lead at Florida State, Shannon says he kept Wilfork in for the entire second half. He estimates that Wilfork played 65 snaps that game. On the plane ride back to Miami, Shannon found Wilfork laid out, exhausted. “You got me on that one,” he told Shannon, admitting defeat.

After the death of Wilfork’s parents, Shannon began talking to him about making some lifestyle changes. They would take long walks together around the Miami campus, and in the morning they would eat Raisin Bran cereal together. “Just showing him a new way of eating, controlling his diet,” Shannon says. “Cutting back on the cholesterol intake, those things.”

Wilfork decided to go pro after his junior. He was still round by then, but rock solid, like a bowling ball. “I mean, you couldn’t pinch as much fat off him as you thought,” says Swasey, the strength coach. “He was pretty lean for a big guy. Calves and legs. He carried it in his stomach, but other than that he didn’t have a lot of fat. He just had that gut on him.”

The Patriots finally ended Wilfork’s slide, taking him with the 21st pick. Wilfork would replace the Ted Washington, the 365-pound nosetackle who had left New England in free agency. Belichick viewed Wilfork as a good fit in his scheme, a bowling ball in the middle of his 3-4 defense. Afterward, Wilfork told the Palm Beach Post, “God has a reason for everything, I guess.”  

No. 21, New England Patriots: Vince Wilfork, nosetackle

Later that night, after the first round had ended, Vilma and Williams hosted a party at Nikki Beach, a popular club in South Beach. They had a large VIP space reserved for all of their friends. Two fellow 2004 first-rounders, Sean Taylor and Vernon Carey, showed up, as did a number of current and former Miami Hurricanes, some of whom were already, or would later become, first-round picks.

“Who showed up? I have no idea,” Williams says.

It was that kind of night. Williams does remember wearing a shirt from Chappelle’s Show, which was at its peak in 2004. The shirt featured an image of Dave Chappelle in handcuffs, holding a wad of cash. The caption read: I’M RICH BITCH.

In the years to come, these six first-round picks would take very different paths.

• In Washington, Taylor quickly established himself as one of the best young players in the game and a model of the hard-hitting NFL safety. Midway through his fourth season, however, tragedy struck. In November 2007, Taylor was shot by intruders in his Miami home. His death stunned the football world. Today Taylor is admired by an entire generation of young safeties. “I think he would’ve been a Hall of Fame candidate if he’d lived long enough,” says Butch Davis.

 Winslow’s first two years in Cleveland were marred by injury—he suffered a broken leg in Week 2 of his rookie year, and the following May he tore his ACL in a motorcycle accident, forcing him to miss the 2005 season. When finally healthy he had some productive seasons in Cleveland and Tampa, before his career fizzled out in 2013. In recent years he’s been arrested for a slew of crimes, including burglary and kidnapping. His trial on rape charges is scheduled to begin later this month.

 Vilma won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award with the Jets but left in free agency a few years later. He signed with the Saints (the team that had missed out on Williams in the draft), won a Super Bowl in New Orleans, and was later chosen to the team’s Hall of Fame. In 2012 the league accused him of being a central figure in the Saints’ Bountygate scandal and suspended him for the season, a decision that was vacated on appeal. Vilma retired in 2013 as a three-time Pro Bowler.

 Williams played nine years in Denver, braving the cold weather, and was a reliable starter for most of that period, though off-field incidents, including a pair of DUIs, marred some of his time there. He then spent two years with the Bears and retired after the 2013 season.

 Carey had a lucrative but unspectacular nine-year career playing for the Dolphins. He says that that money helped him provide for his family and “give them a life that I never had.” His son Vernon Carey Jr. is now a top basketball prospect who’s committed to play at Duke next season; he’s expected to be a top pick in the 2020 NBA draft.

• Of those six first-round Hurricanes from 2004, Wilfork, the last one to be picked, may have had the best career. Over 11 seasons in New England, he made five Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls. When he retired in 2017, Belichick said that seeing him available at No. 21 in that draft was “one of the real surprises” of his career. The coach also called Wilfork “as good a two-gapper as has probably ever played in this game.” He might have a shot at the Hall of Fame someday.

But back at Nikki Beach, in 2004, who could’ve predicted all that? Back then they were just starting out. They were the greatest draft class ever, and they had the world at their feet. Williams remembers partying well into the night, without much consideration for his early morning flight to Denver the next day.

“I was on the plane huuuung over.”

April 21, 2019 — Dyme Lyfe
The Best Christmas Gifts For Any University of Miami Hurricanes Fan

The Best Christmas Gifts For Any University of Miami Hurricanes Fan

It's the most wonderful time of the year! With so many options and gifts to buy, Christmas season can be a lot more stressful than you want it to be. But it's all good because we're here to help! Our gift-giving guide will help you decide the best thing to give to the Hurricanes fan in your life.


1. For anyone - The Turnover Chain 

Price: $15

The Turnover Chain has been worn by kids, adults, dogs, and yes...they even make the perfect ornament for Christmas trees! Need the perfect stocking stuffer? Look no further. 


2. For the fitness enthusiast  - Our DymeTech Collection

Price: $30-$150

Our DymeTech collection is perfect for the Canes fans on the move. Made of lightweight & durable fabrics that are sure to keep you cool no matter how hot it gets. We have shorts, t-shirts, polos, and entire matching top & bottom sets so you can rep no matter what you're doing. 





3. For the Future Hurricane: Anything from our Kids & Babies collection

Price: $15-$30

We love our baby Canes, so we made sure that they could be as swagged out as their parents. With onesies going from 6M-18M and shorts & shirts going from 2T-YXL, we've got you covered! 



4. For our Lady Canes:  Newest Women's Gear

Price: $10-100

They say Saturdays are for the boys, but who says girls can't throw it down on a Saturday tailgate too? We have everything you need for game days right here. 



5. For the Hat collector: Our famous Snapbacks & Dad Hats

Price: $28 per hat

Our hats are some of our most popular items for good reason. They're of the highest quality 47 Brand, can be worn anytime, anywhere, and by anyone, and well...they look damn good. 




6. For the Cold Weather Canes Fan: Hoodies, Sweaters, & Long Sleeves

 Price: $15-$150

Not everyone is lucky enough to be a Canes fan AND live in South Florida. For those of us who are well, you can wear one of these a couple times a year and when you travel up north for games like the Pinstripe Bowl, but everyone else needs a winter wardrobe worthy of a Canes Fan. 



7. For the person who you know is a Canes fan but you're not sure what they'd like: A Dyme Lyfe Gift Card

Price: $50-$300

A Dyme Lyfe gift card is the perfect gift to give to anyone you know is a Canes Fan but you're just unsure of their taste, preferences, or size. And the best part? It delivers instantly and you get to save on shipping. Don't say we don't look out for you! 



8. For the beach & pool goer: Tank Tops, Slides, and Swimming Trunks.

Price: $10-$35

Have a College or High School student you need to buy gifts for? Spring Break is right around the corner and we have your entire outfit covered from head to toe.




9. For the Gameday Warrior: Our Best Sellers

Price: $10-$150

We all know one...or several. They don't miss a game. Rain or shine, 10-0 or 5-7, Al Golden or Jimmy Johnson, they've been through it all and keep on going. Our best sellers embody the Canes and everything that comes with being a fan. They make the perfect gift for a true Canes Fan.




10. For the Fathers: DymeTech Polos

Price: $65

Made with dads in mind, these polos will let everyone know to step back the minute you hop on the grill on game day. Like golfing? These are a hit on the links.


December 10, 2018 — Dyme Lyfe
Brett Romberg Hacks Dyme Lyfe & Extends Cyber Monday Sale

Brett Romberg Hacks Dyme Lyfe & Extends Cyber Monday Sale

Brett Romberg here...I was so tired of DJ's emails over this last weekend, so I stole his computer and personally extended the Cyber Monday Sale to get back at him. Get 60% off the entire store with the code Cyber60...tell him the Romdog sent you ;) 

November 28, 2018 — Dyme Lyfe
DJ Williams NAILS his Shannon Sharpe Impersonation For Halloween

DJ Williams NAILS his Shannon Sharpe Impersonation For Halloween

DJ Williams absolutely crushes this Shannon Sharpe impression for Halloween, watch below and see for yourself! 


October 30, 2018 — Dyme Lyfe
*Parody* DJ Williams Files Lawsuit Against Al Golden Due To Loss Of Dyme Lyfe Sales

*Parody* DJ Williams Files Lawsuit Against Al Golden Due To Loss Of Dyme Lyfe Sales

DJ Williams shocked the college football world when he filed a lawsuit against Al Golden within minutes of Al Golden filing his suit against the school*. When asked about it DJ said,

"Man I couldn't even generate sales if I priced my shirts at a dollar!". When asked for more information on the details of the suit, DJ refused to comment any further. 

We reached out to Al Golden to comment but he has yet to reply. 


*This is NOT a real lawsuit.  

October 24, 2018 — Dyme Lyfe


By Patricia Tortolani | September 14, 2018 | People

They are local celebrities and successful businessmen, designers and restaurateurs. But above all, they are the hometown heroes of the U football.

u-football.jpgThe founders of Out The Huddle at the WeWork Security Building.

It was the golden era of Miami Hurricanes football: a team led by Larry Coker that capped off an undefeated season with a whomping of Nebraska at the Rose Bowl and a BCS Championship title; a squad of unprecedented talent that had 38 NFL draft picks. The 2001 University of Miami football team is what legends are made of. Four of those legends: Antrel Rolle, Brett Romberg, D.J. Williams and Jonathan Vilma. They are pro ballers, Hall of Famers and owners of a couple of Super Bowl rings. They are also the founding members of Out The Huddle, a content platform dedicated to all things The U. We sat down to talk the past, present and future of Canes football. And boy, did they bring the swagger.

The four of you were part of arguably the best college football team to ever exist. 
D.J. WILLIAMS: Not arguably.

The best college team to ever exist. How has that impacted everything that you’ve done since you left The U? 
BRETT ROMBERG: I would say the community is probably one of the main reasons why we all eventually came back to Miami. Whether you’re from here or not, the way the community embraces that ’01, ’02, ’03 Miami Hurricanes team is next level.

DW: Once a week somebody comes up and shakes my hand and says how much they appreciate what we did throughout those years. They don’t want an autograph, they don’t want to post a picture. They just want to say, ‘Hey, man, I appreciate you.’

u-football-2.jpgVilma is an analyst on ESPN’s College Football Saturdays.

Did you always know you’d come back to Miami? 
ANTREL ROLLE: I played professional football [in New York, Chicago and Phoenix] and this is where I am always going to be embraced. This is home; this is my roots.

BR: This fool’s made so much money, but he went back to the same neighborhood that he grew up in.

JONATHAN VILMA: It was never a doubt that I would come back because I just love the lifestyle of Miami.

What keeps you all busy in Miami these days? 
DW: With Dyme Lyfe my goal is to make the best fan gear, and have University of Miami be known for that. Recently I started Player Culture to help young players brand their likeness through apparel.

u-football-4.jpgD.J. Williams

Jonathan, talk to me about Pincho Factory. Did you always know you would go into the food business? 
JV: I knew I would be in business; I didn’t know in what. Frankly I’m a deal junkie. I got involved with Pincho Factory in 2015 and opened the Brickell location in 2016. We won Burger Bash, and since then, they’ve had a really strong following. Now it’s just a matter of taking it regional and hopefully national.

Let’s shift to the current state of The U. How do you think coach Mark Richt is doing? 
BR: He inherited a group that lacked discipline. And when you lack discipline, then you lack mental toughness. I think that he and his staff did a good job with the guys he inherited, and the guys he’s recruited. Of course as Hurricanes fans, we always expect more.

DW: The players have huge shoes to fill, and everyone’s always asking, ‘When are they going to get back to the 2001 level?’ And you know my answer is that there will never be another team like ours. Not because of the talent level. We just had a different mindset.

How so? 
DW: I always say joking around that we had guys with an off and on switch, guys that might break into your house, but could put on a suit and tie. They looked like thieves but are some of the sweetest guys I know. And when it came time for game time, we all shared the same passion.

u-football-5.jpgBrett Romberg

Is the mindset of college athletes different now? 
BR: I might sound like an old dude, but I think the sense of entitlement with all the young kids changes the game.

DW: The end goal is written all over their face. We all wanted to go to the NFL and make money, but that wasn’t what drove us day in and day out. You talk to a freshman now and he already has his plan in place.

How can a coach make a player feel like they are a part of something bigger than their own personal goal? 
BR: It’s hard to answer that because to build up that passion, you have to make the player love everyone else around him without destroying his confidence.

What role do the alumni play in the team development? 
DW: As a small private school, our strength has always been the alumni, knowing that as a college player you’re gonna be shoulder to shoulder in the weight room with legends. You can go out on the practice field when you are a freshman or sophomore, and hey the NFL guys just came in for 7 on 7. And if you can compete with them on that stage and on that field, then what you are going to see on Saturday is nothing.

u-football-3.jpgD.J. Williams and Antrel Rolle

Antrel, with everything we know about concussions, will you allow your son to play football? 
AR: I’ll never tell him he can’t do something. The only thing I can do is push other sports on him, like basketball and baseball. Sports that make a little more sense. I don’t see the need for contact sports before the age of 10 years old.

What are your predictions for the season? 
DW: The team goes as [Malik] Rosier goes. Last season he left a lot on the field. I’m hoping that the coaching staff has instilled a little bit more confidence in him to try and make some plays. They just have to watch out for the upset, the small schools that creep up on you.

BR: One thing that’s for sure is that we owe Pittsburg an ass whooping because they fed us our lunch. I’m still bitter about that game. The FIU game is another big one with Butch Davis back in the building.

JV: I predict an ACC title game. I don’t know if we are going to win that game; it depends who comes out from the other side. But I think that if we beat LSU, we’ll be favored in every game throughout the rest of the year. And it’s a good chance that we could run the table.

October 13, 2018 — Dyme Lyfe