Dolphins long-snapper John Denney nominated for SI/CBS ‘MVP: Most Valuable Performer’ 

Miami Dolphins long snapper John Denney isn’t just good at using his hands to hurl a football through his legs with pinpoint accuracy. He’s also pretty good at using his hands for something a little more artistic than handling a pigskin. 

Denney is a connoisseur of the violin and because of his impressive musical talents, he has been nominated to compete in Sports Illustrated’s and CBS’ “MVP: Most Valuable Performer” competition. 

SI and CBS teamed up with the NFL Players Association to find the best off-the-field talent in the NFL. Throughout the season, players have been submitting their talent audition videos to The competition has now reached a point where player submissions are rolled out online over four weeks, allowing fans to cast a vote for their favorite performances. 

Denney was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2005 out of BYU. He has made the Pro Bowl twice (2010 and 2012) in his 13 seasons with the franchise. 

Here is what Sports Illustrated said about the Dolphins’ long snapper.

“John has been playing the violin since he was 5 years old. His mother made him a deal: If he wanted to play a sport, he had to play a musical instrument as well. Although he dragged his feet every step of the way, today he’s happy to have 30-plus years of talent invested in the violin to go along with his 10-plus years as long snapper for the Dolphins.”

Check out the video of Denney playing the violin. As he says, he can play “at weddings, at church or go down with (the Titanic).”

The top players from teams who have been eliminated from the postseason who shine online will be flown to Hollywood to compete in a live one-hour special to air on CBS at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. During the show, a panel of judges will critique each player's performance before viewers vote live online at to determine the MVP: Most valuable performer.

To vote for Denney to appear at the live special on CBS go to

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