DAVIE — Tight end Durham Smythe, a fourth-round draft pick of the Dolphins, can expect a warmer welcome at Hard Rock Stadium than the last time he was there.
Smythe played at Notre Dame, which isn’t exactly popular in the Miami Hurricanes’ stadium. So unpopular, in fact, that Smythe described the rowdy welcome the Irish received last season.
“We kind of expected a loud atmosphere but nothing close to what it was,” Smythe said. “That was one of the loudest stadiums I’ve played in my five years.”
The “incredible” atmosphere, as Smythe called it, was fueled by the unbeaten Hurricanes pounding No. 3 Notre Dame 41-8 on a night that conjured memories of UM Saturday nights in the Orange Bowl.
It was a party for everybody but the Irish.
“We had people throwing stuff at the buses driving up,” Smythe said. “Actually our window was shattered and we had to get a new bus. It was pretty crazy stuff.”
Go figure, but Smythe insisted he still has good memories of his new home stadium.
“The atmosphere was great,” he said. “Obviously the outcome was terrible, but I did love playing in that stadium.”