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Mike Pouncey gets emotional at press conference

It took one question before Mike Pouncey, the Miami Dolphins newly minted center, became emotional at his press conference today.

He choked up.

And then his eyes welled up with tears.

"When I look back at my career, I could have done so many things better," Pouncey said, burying his head in his hands. "So many things I put my family through.

"I never doubted my talent on the football field. But it takes more than that."

Pouncey has had his rough moments with the Dolphins the past four years. He wore that "Free Hernandez" cap in solidarity with former University of Florida teammate Aaron Hernandez, who is on trial for murder.

Pouncey was implicated in the 2013 harassment scandal and the very next offseason tweeted that rookie Ja'Wuan James had to get him gifts. Pouncey was ripped for that and had to delete his twitter account as a result.

He recently joined his brother in a TV sitdown that ripped former teammate Mike Wallace -- an interview that garnered national attention, caused Wallace to call Pouncey, and had Pouncey backtracking to the wide receiver.

"I've never really been in any trouble," Pouncey said. "But there were little stupid things that caused problems for my family.

"It wasn't just one situation, there's just stuff I wish I would have done better."

The little stuff caused the Dolphins to think long and hard about committing to Pouncey. They held him off a year ago when he wanted an extension at that time.

But ultimately the team recognized that Pouncey is a top tier player and he is apparently aware he must stop doing little dumb things.

"It is expected" that the slips stop now that the team had made such a significant commitment, Pouncey said.

Pouncey was impressive today. The fact he recognizes his missteps and talks of avoiding them in the future is a positive step toward avoiding future issues.

Now we shall see.

And the Dolphins have indeed made a big commitment. The extension is for five years and $45 million with $22 million in guaranteed money.