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

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

The selection not only made Waddle the first Alabama player to leave the board, but came after missing almost the entire 2020 college football season with an ankle injury. Oh, and he’s reunited with former Alabama teammate and 2020 first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa.

It was a heartwarming moment that left many confused when Waddle completely ignored his family, choosing instead to celebrate teammates Patrick Surtain II, DeVonta Smith and Mac Jones on the way to the stage.

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Hey, that just means more in the SEC.

But there was an explanation: Waddle had already celebrated with his family, which the TV cameras failed to pick up. Hence the awkward cold shoulder with his family:

It’s nice to hear. The only people Waddle has to worry about leaving in the dust now are the NFL defenders.

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