From 1996 to 2001, Daryl Gardener partnered with Tim Bowens to form one of the NFL's most fearsome interior defensive lines.
Although Gardener was a great player on the field, he was a cancer in the locker room. He was "known as boastful and moody" via the Sun Sentinel, and once got into a fist fight with O.J. McDuffie. The Dolphins, fed up with Gardener's antics, released him prior to the 2002 season.
Once Gardener left Miami, his career soon dissolved. He spent the 2002 season with the Redskins, and then signed a seven-year, $34.8 million deal with the Broncos—a move Denver would immediately regret. Gardener tore a ligament in his wrist during a fight outside of an IHOP, and played just five games for the Broncos.
In retrospect, Gardener might owe his success in Miami to Tim Bowens, one of the best defensive players in Dolphins' history.