Miami Dolphins

Facts and information about the Miami Dolphins

  • The Dolphins are occasionally referred to as “The Fish” when Dolphins are actually mammals.
  • Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino was part of the losing team in the Super Bowl XIX during his second season when the Dolphins lost to the 49ers 38-16, and he never made it back to the big game.
  • The player who caught more touchdown passes from Bob Griese than anyone else is longtime Dolphins receiver Nat Moore.  He hauled in 33 TDs from Griese, just four more than second place Paul Warfield.
  • Longtime Dolphins coach Don Shula was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1951 as a defensive back.
  • When the Dolphins went 11-5 in 2008, after going 1-15 in 2007, they became just the second team in NFL history to have a ten win improvement from one year to the next.  The first team to do this was the Indianapolis Colts in 1999.
  • Don Shula coached the Miami Dolphins for 26 seasons and only twice did they have losing records during that time.
  • The Miami Dolphins were the first team to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls.
  • The famous “Hook and Lateral” play from 1981′s “Epic in Miami” consisted of a pass from back up quarterback Don Strock, a catch by Duriel Harris, and a pitch to Tony Nathan who then took the ball in for a touchdown.
  • Through 2010, the Dolphins have scored just two overtime touchdowns.  The first came in 1986 on a Dan Marino to Mark Duper pass and the second in 2007 when Cleo Lemon threw a 64 yard score to Greg Camarillo.
  • The Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders were founded in 1978 as the Dolphins Starbrites.  They were co-sponsored at the time by Starbrite Car Polish.
  • The first Dolphins player voted into the Hall of Fame was Paul Warfield in 1983.
  • The first Dolphins player to have his number retired by the team was quarterback Bob Griese who wore number 12.
  • The only two players to play in the World Football League of the 1970′s and also to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame were former Dolphins players Larry Csonka and Paul Warfield.
  • Through 2010, the Miami Dolphins are one of just five NFL teams that have never drafted a Heisman Trophy winner in the NFL Draft.
  • Dan Marino was the second player to ever have their jersey retired by the Dolphins.  The team retired uniform number 13 during a halftime ceremony of the 2000 home game against the Baltimore Ravens.
  • In 2008, Chad Pennington won the AP Comeback Player of the Year Award as quarterback of the Dolphins.  He had won the exact same award two years earlier with the New York Jets.
  • When the Dolphins held their first training camp ever in 1966, the players stayed ina facility that was right next door to Sea World.
  • The Miami Dolphins had fewer 300 yard passing games in the American Football League than any other team in that league.  During their short time in the AFL, only one time did they accumulate more than 300 yards passing in a game.
  • Larry Csonka was the third Miami Dolphins player to have his jersey retired.  #39 was retired for him in 2002 during halftime of the Dolphins home game against the Chicago Bears.
  • The first AP Comeback Player of the Year Award was given out in 1972 and the recipient was Earl Morrall of the Dolphins.
  • The Miami Dolphins were the first NFL franchise to have two players win the AP Comeback Player of the Year Award.  After it was won by Earl Morrall in 1972, the award’s first year, it was won in 1979 by Dolphins running back Larry Csonka.
  • In the 1999 Oliver Stone film ‘Any Given Sunday’, Dennis Quaid plays the aging veteran quarterback.  The scenes showing him inside his home were actually shot inside the real home of former Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino.
  • Bob Griese’s son Brian also played Quarterback in the NFL.
  • Longtime backup quarterback Don Strock, led the nation in total passing and total offense during the 1972 college football season while at Virginia Tech.
  • In 1982 David Woodley joined a select group when he scored a touchdown passing, running, and receiving during the season.
  • Former Dolphin quarterback Don Strock’s first head coaching job after he retired from the NFL was with the Miami Hooters of the Arena Football League.
  • The Miami Dolphins were the first team to lose a regular season football game played outside the United States when they fell to the New York Giants 13-10 in London, England in 2007.
  • Longtime Dolphins Center, and hall-of-famer, Jim Langer went undrafted into the NFL after starring for South Dakota State University.
  • Dolphins quarterback Earl Morrall was the first player to win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.
  • In 1977, quarterback Bob Griese became the first quarterback to wear eyeglasses during a regular season game.
  • Former Dolphins quarterback David Woodley had the unique distinction of succeeding a hall-of-fame quarterback in Miami (Bob Griese), and then doing the same thing for the Pittsburgh Steelers (Terry Bradshaw).
  • Dolphins quarterback Cleo Lemon threw the first touchdown pass ever scored in a regular season game played outside of the United States in the Dolphins 13-10 loss to the New York Giants in London, England in 2007.
  • Dolphins’ rookie wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. is the first player to catch a touchdown pass in a regular season game played outside of the United States. He did this as part of the losing team when the Dolphins played the Giants in London in 2007.
  • In 1972, the Dolphins became the only team to ever go undefeated over the course of a whole season.
  • The Miami Dolphins were figured prominently in the movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.
  • The Dolphins concluded the 1972 season undefeated, capping it off by winning the Super Bowl. To date, they are the only team ever to accomplish this.
  • The Dolphins are the oldest major-league professional sports franchise in the State of Florida.
  • The Miami Dolphins won back-to-back Super Bowl Championships in Super Bowls VII & VIII.
  • The Dolphins were the first team to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls.
  • Hall-of-Fame Running Back Larry Csonka played professional football from 1968 until 1979; starting and ending his career as a Miami Dolphin. In 1975, he left the Dolphins to play for the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League. The league would fold later that year and Csonka would play from 1976 to 1978 with the New York Giants.
  • During Hall-of-Fame Head Coach Don Shula’s 26 year stay in Miami, the Dolphins only had two losing seasons.
  • In 1965, the AFL franchise was awarded to Miami and it’s ownership group consisting of lawyer Joseph Robbie and actor Danny Thomas.
  • Dan Marino’s #13 is retired by both the Miami Dolphins and the University of Pittsburgh.
  • A contest was held in 1965 to name the new Miami football team, other than Dolphins the finalist names were: Marauders, Mustangs, Mariners, Missiles, Moons, Sharks, and Suns.
  • When Miami hired Don Shula away from the Baltimore Colts to be their Head Coach, they were penalized the first found pick in the 1970 NFL draft as a violation of the tampering rules.
  • During the famed 1972 undefeated season, starting Quartback Bob Griese would only start six games for the team. The first five regular season games, then following an injury and a comeback midway through the AFC Championship game, he also started the Super Bowl.
  • In 1965 when the franchise was awarded to Joe Robbie and the city of Miami, the Dolphins became the 9th AFL franchise.
  • Dan Marino’s first regular season action was against the Raiders in week three of the 1983 season. His first start was against the Bills in week 6 of that same year.
  • In 1979, Dan Marino was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the Baseball Draft.
  • In the 1983 NFL Draft, five Quarterbacks were taken ahead of future Dolphin and Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino; John Elway, Jim Kelly, Ken O’Brien, Tony Eason, and Todd Blackledge.
  • During the 1985 season, the Miami Dolphins saved their distinction as the only franchise to ever go unbeaten as they were the only team to beat the 15-1 Chicago Bears.
  • The first former Dolphin elected to the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame was former Wide Receiver Paul Warfield, followed four years later by former Running Back Larry Csonka.
  • Dolphin Quarterback Dan Marino was the first Quarterback to start in the Pro Bowl during his rookie year.
  • The first jersey number retired by the Miami Dolphins was the #12 of former Quarterback Bob Griese.
  • Dan Marino’s number 13 jersey was retired in the year 2000.
  • Larry Csonka’s number 39 jersey was retired during the 2002 season.
  • In a 1994 game against the New York Jets, Dan Marino and the Dolphins ran the famous “Clock Play”. Lining up and motioning as if he would spike the ball to stop the clock, Marino faked the downward spike and then threw a touchdown pass to win the game.
  • Dan Marino’s final win came against the Seahawks a 2000 playoff game. It was also Marino’s first playoff win on the road in his career.
  • The official Miami Dolphins team colors are Aqua, Coral, White, and Navy.
  • Hall-of-Fame Quarterback Dan Marino was the first overall selection in the USFL Draft in 1983, but elected to play with the Dolphins of the NFL instead. He was selected by the Los Angeles Express who later had future 49ers great Steve Young as their Quarterback.
  • The last person to catch a Touchdown pass from Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino was Oronde Gadsen.
  • In each of Dan Marino’s first eight seasons, the Dolphins allowed the fewest sacks in the league.
  • The 116 wins with the combination of Don Shula as coach and Dan Marino as Quarterback is the highest win total by any coach-quarterback combo.
  • In 1985, Dan Marino became the first NFL Quarterback to pass for over 5,000 yards.
  • In 2004, Dan Marino was hired as the Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Football Operations, he resigned from the position three weeks later citing family issues.

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