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Bayron Matos brings infectious personality, strong desire to make Dolphins as Dominican-born undrafted rookie

David Furones, South Florida Sun Sentinel on

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MIAMI GARDENS — Dominican-born undrafted rookie offensive lineman Bayron Matos had an interesting — but essential — first English phrase learned when he moved to the United States at 17 years old: “I’m hungry.”

“Every time somebody used to ask me something, I say, ‘I’m hungry,’ ” he explained at Miami Dolphins rookie minicamp earlier this month, where he went back and forth answering questions in English and Spanish.

“B, ‘how are you?’ I say, ‘I’m hungry.’

“B, ‘you’re going to school today?’… ‘I’m hungry.’

“That’s my answer to everything, for like seven months.”

Now, Matos’ hunger comes in the form of trying to make the Dolphins’ roster this offseason as a tackle prospect with an infectious personality who never played a down on the offensive line in college at USF.

 

To make it would make him the first NFL player born in the Dominican Republic to accomplish such a feat.

“Not just as a Dominican, but representing all Latin America,” he said in Spanish. “I’m pure Latino, and I’m very proud to represent my country and other Latin countries, too.”

Prideful of his heritage, Matos can readily list a top three Dominican athletes when pressed for it on the spot.

He says David Ortiz, also known as “Big Papi,” Pedro Martinez and Robinson Cano. Three baseball players, which is fitting, as about one out of every 10 Major League Baseball players hail from the Dominican Republic. He mentioned Cano and the New York Yankees’ Juan Soto as Dominican athletes that have reached out to him on his journey to make it in the NFL.

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