<
>

Dolphins rookie Jakeem Grant inspired by celebrity look-alike Kevin Hart

Do Jakeem Grant and Kevin Hart look the same? Grant's Dolphins teammates think so. Getty Images

DAVIE, Fla. -- The joke inside the locker room began in the spring by Miami Dolphins third-round pick Leonte Carroo. It has become an everyday occurrence at this point.

Miami rookie wide receiver Jakeem Grant cannot shake the Kevin Hart comparisons. The sixth-round pick's celebrity look-alike is one of the most popular comedians and movie stars in the world, and both share similarly small statures. Grant is listed 5-foot-7 on the Dolphins' roster. Hart is 5-4.

Grant is taking the constant jokes and comparisons in stride.

"I'm never tired of it. I actually like it, because the aspect of Kevin Hart," Grant told ESPN.com this week. "He's a great human being. He did a lot of things, and he's going to go down as one of the greatest comedians that ever told jokes. So just being called Kevin Hart, that holds me up to a standard.

"Maybe I'm not Kevin Hart with the jokes, but I'm Kevin Hart on the field as in playing football. That makes me want to be great."

On the field, Grant is making an impression with Dolphins coaches and teammates. His main priority to taking over the kick- and punt-return duties from Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry, who has enough on his plate offensively. Grant also is a backup receiver who is honing his craft and providing depth.

According to Grant, he gets called Kevin Hart by the team regularly and it's to the point where it has become an unofficial nickname. Carroo does it the most, but Grant also said it has permeated to the coaching staff.

"Even [special teams] coach [Darren] Rizzi said it," Grant said laughing. "And when I answer a question he says 'Say it with your chest!' I'm like, 'Here we go.'"

Grant just missed out on an opportunity to meet the famous comedian. Hart visited Miami during the summer and worked out with Grant's teammate and four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. But Grant wasn't in attendance.

Maybe the two can meet the next time when Hart returns to South Florida.

"When I was a younger kid -- and that's still one of my goals now -- is to meet Kevin Hart," Grant said. "I love his comedy, I love his shows and he’s just a great guy. People say I look like him. So I actually just wanted to get a chance to meet him. One day I probably will."