Michael Palardy, a former high school teacher in Ohio, was Jordan Scarlett’s substitute teacher before the Dolphins wide receiver and quarterback became teammates.
Michael Palardy served as Jordan Scarlett’s high school substitute teacher before the 2 became Miami Dolphins teammates.
Jordan Scarlett and Michael Palardy, Miami Dolphins teammates, have taken the phrase “school is in session” to a whole new level.
Scarlett, a third-year running back who signed with the Dolphins earlier this year, is trying to stick around and play for his hometown team. He’s also reunited with Palardy, a man who he had a considerable history with before the two played together on the Carolina Panthers in 2019.
Jordan Scarlett, a teammate of Michael Palardy, was a student of Michael Palardy in high school.
Jordan Scarlett was tutored by Michael Palardy in high school. They’re now teammates with the Miami Dolphins | Getty Images/Icon Sportswire/Robin Alam; Getty Images/Joel Auerbach
The Dolphins are based in Miami, as you may have guessed. They play at Miami Gardens, which is 15 miles north of the city of Miami.
Scarlett, who turned 25 in February, grew up in Fort Lauderdale, some 20 miles north of the Dolphins’ present home, Hard Rock Stadium. He went to St. Thomas Aquinas High School, which has many current NFL players among its ranks, including Joey and Nick Bosa.
Scarlett had a substitute teacher called Michael Palardy while attending school there in the early 2010s, who had also attended the same school a few years before. Palardy, who is currently the Dolphins’ starting punter, has verified to The Palm Beach Post that he is the same Palardy in issue.
Scarlett was an excellent student, according to Palardy, who taught science and math at St. Thomas from 2014 to 2016. “Student-athletes at St. Thomas are held to a very high standard.”
Now, the two are teammates on a local football team. Who could have predicted that during the 2014-15 school year?
Palardy has remained in the NFL after signing with the Panthers in 2016.
The notion of a former substitute teacher becoming an NFL punter is something out of a movie on its own. When one considers all of the facts, Palardy’s trip becomes even more amazing.
Palardy believes that between 2014 and 2016, he worked out for up to 11 professional football teams and attended up to 26 total sessions, according to The Washington Post. After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, he signed with the Oakland Raiders then spent time with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts from September 2015 to March 2016.
Palardy worked with the Panthers for two months in the spring of 2016. When veteran Andy Lee’s season was cut short later that year, the club welcomed him back. Over the remaining seven games of the season, the substitute instructor averaged 42.5 yards per punt, demonstrating enough to earn a return invitation in 2017. Despite the fact that Lee returned to action later that summer, Palardy was chosen to replace him as the starting punter.
Palardy didn’t miss a game for the Panthers from 2017 to 2019, averaging 45.8 yards per punt in the process. However, he missed the whole 2017 season due to a ruptured ACL and signed with the Dolphins early this year.
Scarlett is attempting to prove to the Dolphins that he is a team player.
As a fifth-round rookie from the University of Florida, Scarlett merely attempted to find repetitions while Palardy tried to pin opponents deep in their own zone during the 2019 season.
In nine games that year, the 5-foot-11 running back ran the ball four times for nine yards. He also saw action on special teams for 24 percent of the team’s plays and made a tackle.
Scarlett was released by the Panthers in August 2020, and he spent last season on the practice squad of the Detroit Lions. He’s presently vying for a spot on the Dolphins’ roster as a backup running back who might contribute on special teams.
Scarlett, a 4-star prospect in high school, may not be off to the start of his NFL career that he envisioned when he attended St. Thomas Aquinas. All he has to do now is look to his old teammate to remember that hard effort and commitment may pay off in the long run.
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