Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins joined the NFL during the merger. They had one of the greatest players of all time and hold a special place in the hearts of the Miami faithful.

 

Team Logo
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History

The plan for the Miami Dolphins started in 1962 when Joe Robbie watched the Houston Oilers take on the Dallas Texans. Robbie originally wanted to start a franchise in Philadelphia but after being convinced by AFL(American Football League) commissioner he went along with the idea for a football team in Miami, Florida. Prior to their inaugural season a contest for the team name was held. Nearly 20,000 entries were made with 622 likening to the team being called the Dolphins. The Dolphins were officially founded in 1966 by Joe Robbie, an attorney-politician and Danny Thomas, an actor-comedian. Shortly after purchase, Danny Thomas gave up his stake in the team. The team started play in the AFL for 4 seasons before the merger with the NFL (National Football League) in 1970.

 

Dan Marino

Dan Marino
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Of the NFL teams in the state of Florida the Dolphins are one of the best. They have won the most championships and been to the most as well. Players in the franchise have also had a major impact on the record books. Most of the records that are held are by the great Dan Marino. Prior to some of his records being broken by Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees he held some of the most prestigious records for a quarterback. He now sits at least top 5 in most categories. He is 5th in passes attempted for a career, passes completed in a career, and career passing yards. He is also 5th in both total touchdown passed in a season and career. Dan Marino has led his team to 33 comebacks which places him 4th in that category. There seems to be only one record that other Miami Dolphins players hold that he is not involved in; Chad Pennington is 3rd in career completion percentage. The only record that finished in the top 5 is Mark Clayton’s 18 TD grabs in a season which was 3rd most.

 

Community Service  

Special teams
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All professional sports teams take their time to give back to the community and help. The Miami Dolphins are no different and they have a plethora of different organizations and programs that they hold each year to give back. Their Dolphins Cancer Challenge was launched in 2010 as an initiative of the Miami Dolphins Foundation. There is a 5k, a concert and bike routes for people to participate in. Since 2010, they have raised over $27.5 million with the proceeds going to cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Care Center. Another event that the team holds is called Fins Weekend. This is a golf, fishing, and party event where they host players, alumni, coaches, and cheerleaders. The proceeds from that go to the Miami Dolphins Foundation Education Pillar. This provides scholarships and mentoring to improve graduation rates for South Florida kids. One of their more intriguing community service initiatives is Special Teams. It offers hands-on service for volunteers to communities and families who are in need. Over 3 million meals have been packed and distributed amongst the area, with about $5,611,080 being invested in Mexico and South Florida communities.
 

Miami Dolphins