Miami Dolphins

By | Jul 27, 2008

The Miami Dolphins became a member of the American Football League when they expanded in 1965, playing their first regular season game on September 2, 1966 against The Oakland Raiders. Even though Joe Auer returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for the Dolphins first Touch Down the Dolphins lost the game 23-14. They currently play in the AFC East Division of the NFL.

They have appeared in 5 Super Bowls winning two of them 1972 (VII) and 1973 (VIII). They were the first team to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls.

After losing Super Bowl VI to the Dallas Cowboys, the 1972 Dolphins became the the only NFL team to have a perfect season. They won all of their regular season games, both of their playoff games and then won Super Bowl VII, the second of their three consecutive Super Bowls, against the Washington Redskins. The 2007 new England Patriots nearly matched this feat but after winning all of their 16 regular season games and two playoffs, the Patriots lost the Super Bowl to the New York Giants.

For 26 season the Dolphins were lead by Head Coach Don Shula. He came to the team in 1970. During his time there they won 257 games, losing 133 with 2 ties. Only twice in his 26 years did the team not have a winning record.

Nine people, 8 players and coach Don Shula, (1970-95), Elected 1997, have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The players joining Shula are Paul Warfield 42, WR (1970-74), Elected 1983, Larry Csonka 39, RB (1968-74 & 1979), Elected 1987, Jim Langer 62, C (1970-79), Elected 1987, Bob Griese 12, QB (1968-80), Elected 1990, Larry Little 66, G (1969-80), Elected 1993, Dwight Stephenson 57, C (1980-87), Elected 1998, Nick Buoniconti 85, LB (1969-76), Elected 2001, and Dan Marino 13, QB (1983-99), Elected 2005. Bob Griese’s number 12, Dan Marino’s number 13 and Larry Csonka’s number 39 have been retired by the team.

The once proud Dolphins has been a disappointment for the past couple of season. In 2007 they nearly became the first team to lose each of their 16 regular season games. Their only victory came against the Baltimore Ravens, 22-16 in overtime. Even though at the time the Ravens were 4-9, they were still considered the better team. Two weeks earlier the Ravens had lost to the New England Patriots, a game that the Ravens nearly won.


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