Ryan Fitzpatrick has celebrated a lot of birthdays this offseason.
The 36-year-old quarterback met with reporters Tuesday when the Dolphins began voluntary workouts. He was asked about a recent video the team shared on social media, where he appeared heavier, and his answer was hilarious.
“The thing with me is I have seven kids,” Fitzpatrick said, via the Miami Herald. “So, in January, we have three birthdays. We’ve got a family birthday party, which includes cake. And then, we’ve got a friends birthday party, which includes cake. So that’s six times in January.
“We’ve got three birthdays in March — March 1, March 6 and March 11 — which again is a tough stretch. That’s cake six out of 10 or 11 days. Then, we’ve got an April birthday, so it doesn’t slow down.”
Fitzpatrick, however, isn’t concerned.
“Now that I’ve got all the birthdays behind me, I’m going to try to go from peak offseason form maybe down (to) peak in-season form,” the quarterback said. “I’ll be OK.”
Fitzpatrick completed 66.7 percent of his passes and threw for 17 touchdowns, along with 12 interceptions, in eight games with the Buccaneers last season. The team tallied a 2-5 record in his starts.
The 14-year veteran signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Dolphins last month.
“I think in the last four or five years, I’ve really gotten better every year and I think, as funny as it sounds, I think my best football is still ahead of me,” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s why I’m still playing. I love being out there. I love being in the huddle with the guys, and hopefully they’ll get a chance to feel that and see that with me and they’ll think the same way.”
The Dolphins finished 2018 with a 7-9 record and missed the playoffs for a second straight season. They fired former coach Adam Gase in late December and replaced him with Brian Flores.