When Will Miami Dolphins Fullback Lousaka Polite Get the Praise He Deserves?

Scott AltmanCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2010

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Lousaka Polite #36 of the Miami Dolphins runs as Paul Posluszny #51 and Chris Draft #52 of the Buffalo Bills come in to make the tackle at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 31-14.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The fullbacks of the NFL are kamikazes, bulldozers, and they are earthmovers.

They stand in between every successful running back and every celebrated offensive line, yet they remain unappreciated and anonymous.  

And this rings especially true for Dolphins fullback Lousaka Polite.  Do not let his name fool you, though.  Polite is flat out nasty.

Since joining the Dolphins mid-way through the 2008 season, Polite has literally paved the way for two top-11 ranked rushing offenses and played an integral role in the Wildcat.

Even more impressive, Polite was a perfect 16-for-16 on 3rd and 4th and 1 conversions last year, which is no petty feat.  Polite's perfect record kept all sixteen Dolphins drives alive, and likely led to plenty of scoring opportunities.

It's a feat that cannot be amply emphasized.

Polite's play has not gone unnoticed in Miami, where fans have already embraced the fullback as one of the team's true blue chip players.  However, the rest of NFL nation has overlooked the 28-year-old.

Fans snubbed him of much deserved spot on the 2010 Pro Bowl roster in favor of Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain.

The press also failed to recognize Polite.

Polite lost out on first and second All-Pro team honors to Leonard Weaver and Le'Ron McClain.  It seems as though fullbacks who are given the opportunity to score are far more appreciated than those who specialize in blocking and short yardage conversions. 

Both Weaver and McClain still deserve great applause for their respective seasons, but Polite had a truly spectacular season that should not have gone unrewarded.

While the NFL as a whole might not recognize Polite as a great fullback quite yet, the Dolphins' AFC East foes and their fans appear to.

On ESPN's AFC East Blog, fans voted Polite as the divisions best fullback, giving him the nod over the Jets' well-known fullback Tony Richardson.

If Polite can continue his absolutely dominate play in 2010, AFC East fans will not be the only ones paying respects to him.  Another year similar to 2009, and it will be very difficult for both the media and the NFL to ignore Polite.

But recognition or not, the Dolphins running game will continue to thrive behind arguably the best fullback in the NFL.