Ryan Tannehill doesn’t mind being a public figure now, especially if it means helping rebuild the Dolphins’ fan base.

Between April and December, he didn’t do much other than work with his coaches and teammates at the Dolphins’ training facility in Davie. But since the season ended, he and his wife, Lauren, are figuring out their favorite spots in South Florida. Just last week, Tannehill hit the beach for the first time since being drafted.
Fans are starting to notice him and Lauren when they go in public, and Tannehill said he hasn’t minded the popularity. It’s a lot better than the alternative, he said — particularly considering that the Dolphins had to buy their own tickets to declare “sellouts” for seven of their eight home games.
“If people are recognizing you, then they care about football and that’s what we want in South Florida,” Tannehill said Thursday as he announced his first local endorsement, with Broward Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “We want to build a fan base for the Dolphins and hopefully get more people in the stands.”
Tannehill hasn’t spent much time on football since the season ended with a disappointing 7-9 finish. He and his wife, Lauren, drove home to Big Spring, Texas and back with their dogs to see their family. Yesterday, he observed two surgeries first-hand in the operating room – a hip scope and a knee scope.
He has been working out a bit at the Dolphins’ training facility, but league rules prevent him from working with coaches. He also has spent a little time at IMG Academies in Bradenton. Most of his teammates are out of town, but he’s going to start throwing with the ones that are here pretty soon.
Tannehill said this offseason “is huge for us.”
“We need to get better with the guys we have,” he said.