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Minnesota GM: Mike Wallace was 'a true professional' in first year with Vikings

Mike Wallace sits on the bench in the final minutes of his final game with the Miami Dolphins on December 28, 2014.
Mike Wallace sits on the bench in the final minutes of his final game with the Miami Dolphins on December 28, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The lasting memory of Mike Wallace’s time in Miami was this:

The moody wide receiver sitting and stewing on the bench alone in the second half of the 2014 finale, merely a spectator after refusing to re-enter the game.

The meltdown was the culmination of a frustrating two seasons with the Dolphins, when Wallace, his coaching staff and his quarterback were never on the same page.

But that late-season tantrum was probably the last straw for Joe Philbin and the Dolphins, who traded Wallace to the Minnesota Vikings the following spring.

In a bit of irony surely not lost on Wallace, Philbin is gone after failing as the Dolphins coach.

But Wallace’s reputation has been revived, at least to a degree, in The Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman raved about the impact Wallace had on his new locker room in 2015.

“He was a true professional and everything he was asked to do, he did,” Spielman said. “His leadership was key to what we did on the field.”

Wallace caught a career-low 39 passes in 2015, but the Vikings made the playoffs for the first time in three years.

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