Jason Taylor donned his gold Hall of Fame jacket as he and five other Miami Dolphins greats were ushered into another spot in team history on Sunday.
Hours before the Dolphins hosted the Buffalo Bills In the midst of another season in which the Dolphins are on the outside looking in on the playoff hunt, Miami honored six of the franchise’s greats — safety Dick Anderson, receivers Mark Clayton and Mark Duper, offensive lineman Jon Giesler, linebacker John Offerdahl and Taylor — as the newest members of the team’s Walk of Fame.
The combined to earn 22 Pro Bowl selections, seven first-team All Pro nods, won seven AFC Championships and two Super Bowl titles. The group was on the field ahead of kickoff and will be honored at halftime.
“It’s still humbling,” Taylor said. “No matter what the accolade is, whether it’s Walk of Fame, Ring of Honor, Hall of Fame, all these things are not lost on me. There still a big deal to me and my kids and it’s special to be here. ... I’m standing here with my heroes, my idols. Fortunately I got a chance to play with my hero, Dan Marino. I’m like a little kid. I’m not jaded by all of it.”
Duper, the franchise leader in receiving yards, added: “It’s a great feeling. I was talking to my sons and I was telling them ‘When I leave this world, my name will always be on the stadium and on this ground. It’s a great feeling.”
Signs of the Dolphins’ successful pass were prevalent throughout Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday. The Dolphins wore throwback jerseys against the Bills. Miami’s old logo, featuring their signature Dolphins wearing a white helmet and an orange “M,” sat at midfield. The end zones had an orange and aqua stitched pattern.
And, probably most important for the 2018 team, the offense looked efficient early. The Dolphins marched 75 yards down the field in 10 plays capped with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to DeVante Parker to open the game.