Miami Dolphins

50th anniversary's 50 greatest Dolphins of all-time

50 greatest Dolphins
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Bob Griese | QB

Griese was one of only three Dolphins to have his jersey (12) retired. Griese played 14 seasons with the Dolphins (1967-80) and was a key component of the great Dolphins teams in the 1970s. He was the starting quarterback on the Dolphins’ two Super Bowl wins (1972, 1973). He was elected into the Hall of Fame and inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 1990.

Earl Morrall | QB

Morrall played five seasons with the Dolphins (1972-76). Morrall became Miami’s starter when Bob Griese got injured in the fifth game that year and started the next 11 games, and the Dolphins won every one of them en route to their 17-0 perfect season. As a result of that performance he was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Dan Marino | QB

Marino played 17 years with Miami (1983-99) and is one of only three Dolphins to have his jersey (13) retired. He threw for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns in his career. He rewrote the NFL passing records in the 1984 season when he threw for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns. Marino was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005 and was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2000.

Paul Warfield | WR

Warfield played five seasons with the Dolphins (1970-74), where he was an explosive threat on Miami’s great Super Bowl teams in the 1970s. When he left the Dolphins he ranked first on Miami’s all-time list in receiving yards and touchdowns. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983 and was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 1990.

Nat Moore | WR

Moore played 13 seasons for the Dolphins (1974-86) and had 510 catches for 7,547 yards and 74 touchdowns. He was the Dolphins’ all-time leader in receptions, reception yardage and touchdown catches when he retired. Moore was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 1999 and the team’s annual community service award is named in his honor.

Mark Clayton | WR

Clayton played 10 seasons with the Dolphins (1983-92). He combined with Mark Duper to form the “Marks Brothers.” He finished with 550 catches for 8,643 yards and 81 touchdowns and ranks first in career receptions and touchdowns and second in receiving yards in Dolphin history. He was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2003.

Mark Duper | WR

Duper played 11 seasons with the Dolphins (1982-92). He finished with 511 catches for 8,869 yards and 59 touchdowns. Duper ranks first in career reception yardage, second in receptions and third in touchdowns in Dolphin history while his average of 17.4 yards per catch is the second highest in team history. He was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2003.

O.J. McDuffie | WR

McDuffie played nine years (1993-01) with the Dolphins. He ranks fourth on the team’s all-time reception list with 415 receptions and is fifth with 5,074 receiving yards and led the team in catches for three seasons in a row. His 90 catches in 1998 remains Miami’s single-season record and is also the only time a Dolphins player led the NFL in catches.

Norm Evans | OL

Evans is an original Dolphin who played 10 season in Miami (1966-75), more than all but one member of that inaugural team. He started all but six games during those 10 years, including every game in Miami’s championship seasons of 1972 and 1973. His 91 consecutive starts during that span is the sixth highest in team history, and he was named to two Pro Bowls.

Larry Little | OL

Little played 12 seasons (1969-80) with the Dolphins and spearheaded the running game that led to two Super Bowl titles in 1972 and 1973. He started 152 of the 158 games he played as a Dolphin, the third-highest total by any lineman in Dolphins history. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was selected to the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 1993.

Jim Langer | OL

Langer played 10 years with the Dolphins (1970-79) and was the center of the Dolphins offensive line during the team’s championship years in the 1970s. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, including five times as a starter. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and was selected to the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 1990.

Bob Kuechenberg | OL

Kuechenberg played 15 seasons in Miami, from 1970-84, more than any Dolphin except Dan Marino, and he is third behind Marino and Jason Taylor in team history for most games started and played. He played on every Dolphins Super Bowl team but one (Super Bowl 19). Kuechenberg was was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 1995.

Ed Newman | OL

Newman played 12 seasons (1973-84) with the Dolphins and played more years and more games (167) than any Dolphins offensive lineman except Bob Kuechenberg He made four consecutive Pro Bowls from 1981 through 1984, the fourth-highest streak by any Miami offensive lineman.

Dwight Stephenson | OL

Stephenson played eight seasons with the Dolphins (1980-87) before having his career ended prematurely after sustaining a serious knee injury late in 1987. He was selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls, including four starts. Stephenson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998 and was selected to the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 1994.

Richmond Webb | OL

Webb made 162 starts at left tackle during his Dolphins career (1990-2000), the fifth highest in team history, including 118 games in a row from 1991 to 1998. He was named to seven consecutive Pro Bowls (1990-96), the longest consecutive Pro Bowl selection streak in team history. He was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2006.

Keith Sims | OL

Sims played eight years (1990-97) with the Dolphins. He was a second-round draft pick by Miami in 1990 and immediately started alongside offensive tackle Richmond Webb, the club’s first-round selection that year, to anchor the left side of the Dolphins line for the next eight seasons. He was named to three consecutive Pro Bowl teams (1993-95).

Mike Pouncey | OL

Pouncey is in his fifth year (2011-15), having been a starter since joining the Dolphins as their first-round draft pick in 2011. He started all but two games for Miami at center his first three years. Pouncey was named a Pro Bowl starter in 2013 and moved to right guard in 2014 because of injuries and earned his second Pro Bowl selection.

Jim Mandich | TE

Mandich played eight seasons (1970-77) with the Dolphins and was a valuable contributor to the Dolphins’ three Super Bowl teams in the 1970s. His best season was in 1974 when he led team with six touchdown catches. After retirement, he became a popular member of Miami’s radio broadcast team and was selected to the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2011.

Bruce Hardy | TE

Hardy played 12 years with the Dolphins (1978-89). He played more seasons and games (151) than any tight end in Dolphins history and had 256 catches for 3,769 yards as a Dolphin. His receiving yards are the most by any Dolphins tight end. He started all but three games in a three-year stretch (1985-87) and served as a long snapper during his career in Miami.

Keith Jackson | TE

Jackson played three seasons (1992-94) with the Dolphins. His best season was 1994 when he had 59 catches for 673 yards and seven touchdowns. His reception total was the fifth-highest single-season total by a Dolphin tight end, his yardage figure was third and his TD total was tied for first. Jackson was named to the Pro Bowl his first two seasons in Miami.

Larry Csonka | RB

Csonka played eight seasons (1968-74, 1979) in Miami and was the team’s all-time leading rusher with 6,737 yards. He had three 1,000-yard seasons from 1971-73 as Miami advanced to the Super Bowl each year and was the MVP of Super Bowl 8 with 145 yards rushing. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987 and was enshrined in the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 1990.

Mercury Morris | RB

Morris played seven seasons (1969-75) with the Dolphins and rushed for 3,877 yards, which ranks fourth in Dolphins history. He ran for 1,000 yards in 1972 and with Larry Csonka running for 1,117 yards as well that year, they became the first duo in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards each in the same season. He was named to three Pro Bowls.

Jim Kiick | RB

Kiick played seven seasons (1968-74) in Miami and with 3,644 yards rushing ranks fifth among Dolphins’ all-time rushing leaders. He led Miami in rushing (ahead of Larry Csonka) in 1968 and 1969 and gained at least 500 yards five different seasons. An outstanding receiver as well, Kiick led Miami in receptions in 1970. He was named to the AFL All-Star Game in 1968 and 1969.

Tony Nathan | RB

Nathan played nine seasons (1979-87) with the Dolphins. He accumulated 3,543 career yards rushing along with 383 receptions for 3,592 yards during his tenure in Miami. He led the Dolphins in both rushing and receiving in 1985 and started in both of Miami’s Super Bowl teams in the 1980s.

Ricky Williams | RB

Williams played seven seasons (2002-03, ’05, ’07-10) with the Dolphins and with 6,436 yards and 48 touchdowns rushing as a Dolphin, he ranks second in team history in rushing yards and touchdowns. He set a Dolphins record in 2002 when he led the NFL in rushing with 1,853 yards and followed that in 2003 with 1,372 yards.

Manny Fernandez | DL

Fernandez played eight seasons (1968-75) with the Dolphins. He recorded 35 sacks as a Dolphin, which ranks 10th among Miami’s all-time sack leaders. He led the Dolphins with eight sacks in 1971, one of only three DTs to lead the Dolphins in sacks in a season. He is best remembered for his 17 tackles in Super Bowl 7. A member of the Dolphins’ Honor Roll.

Bill Stanfill | DL

Stanfill played eight seasons (1969-76) with the Dolphins. With 67.5 career sacks in Miami, he retired as the Dolphins’ all-time sack leader and still ranks second in team history. His 18.5 sacks in 1973 remains tied for the single-season team record, along with Jason Taylor’s 18.5 sacks in 2002. He was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2010.

Vern Den Herder | DL

Den Herder played 12 years (1971-82) with the Dolphins. He ranks third among Dolphins defenders in games played (159), is fourth in starts (143) and ranks fourth in team history in sacks (64). His five sacks against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 21, 1973, is tied for the most sacks in a game by a Dolphins player.

Bob Baumhower | DL

Baumhower played 10 seasons (1977-86) with the Dolphins and was a key member of the “Killer B’s” defense. He notched 39.5 sacks in his career, which is tied for eighth in Dolphins history. He led the Dolphins with nine sacks in 1981. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2008.

Doug Betters | DL

Betters played 10 seasons (1978-87) with the Dolphins and was a member of the “Killer B’s” defense. His 65.5 career sacks ranks third among the Dolphins’ all-time sack leaders. He was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1983 and was selected to the Pro Bowl. Betters was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2008.

Tim Bowens | DL

Bowens played 11 seasons (1994-04) in Miami. During that time he started 155 games as a Dolphin, the third-highest total among the team’s defensive players. He finished second on the team with five sacks in 1997. He was named as The Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1994 and was selected to two Pro Bowl teams.

Jason Taylor | DL

Taylor played 13 seasons for the Dolphins (1997-07, 2009, 2011) and played 204 games while making 186 starts, the second-highest figures in team history. He holds the Dolphin record for most all-time sacks (131). He was named as the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 and was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2012.

Cameron Wake | DL

Wake is in his seventh year (2009-15) with the Dolphins. He has recorded 63 sacks as a member of the Dolphins, which ranks fifth among the team’s all-time sack leaders. His 15 sacks in 2012 is tied for the sixth-highest single-season total in Dolphin history. Wake has been named to four Pro Bowls.

Nick Buoniconti | LB

Buoniconti played eight seasons (1969-76) with the Dolphins where he was a driving force on the “No-Name Defense” and was a captain of the undefeated 1972 team. He led the team in tackles from 1969 through 1973 and is the only Dolphins defensive player to be elected to the Hall of Fame (2001). He was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 1991.

Kim Bokamper | LB

Bokamper played nine years (1977-85) with the Dolphins and was a member of the “Killer B’s” defense that helped the Dolphins make two Super Bowls in the 1980s. With 39.5 career sacks, he ranks tied for eighth among the Dolphins’ all-time sack leaders and led the Dolphins in sacks in 1980. Bokamper was named to the 1979 Pro Bowl team.

Bob Brudzinski | LB

Brudzinski played nine seasons (1981-89) with the Dolphins. He was a member of the “Killer B’s” defense that helped lead the Dolphins to two Super Bowls in the 1980s. He started all but three games in his first six seasons in Miami. He led the Dolphins in tackles once and in sacks once.

A.J. Duhe | LB

Duhe played eight seasons (1977-84) with the Dolphins and was a member of the “Killer B’s” defense. With 38.5 career sacks he ranks 10th among the Dolphins’ all-time sack leaders. He had one of the best playoff games in NFL history in the 1982 AFC Championship Game when he recorded three interceptions, including one he returned 35 yards for a touchdown. He was named to the 1984 Pro Bowl team.

John Offerdahl | LB

Offerdahl played eight seasons (1986-93) with the Dolphins. He was named the 1986 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and led Miami in tackles in three seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl his first five years in the league and his five consecutive Pro Bowls is tied for the longest streak by a Dolphins defender. He was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2013.

Bryan Cox | LB

Cox played five seasons (1991-95) with the Dolphins and started all 77 games in which he played for the team. He recorded 31.5 sacks during his career in Miami. He led Miami in tackles in four of his five seasons and led the Dolphins in sacks twice, including 14 sacks in 1992. He made three Pro Bowl teams.

Zach Thomas | LB

Thomas played 12 seasons (1996-2007) and started all 168 games he played in Miami, the most games played and started by a Dolphin defender. He had 100 or more tackles 11 times and led Miami in tackles 10 times. He was selected to seven Pro Bowls, tied for the second-highest total by any Dolphin. Thomas was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2012.

Dick Anderson | DB

Anderson played 10 seasons (1968-77) in Miami and was one of the key performers on the “No-Name” defense. He started every game from 1969 through 1974 and had 34 interceptions as a Dolphin, the second-highest total in Miami history. He was named as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1973. He was selected to the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2006.

Jake Scott | DB

Scott played six years (1970-75) with the Dolphins and was one of the key performers on the “No-Name” defense. He started every game in his Dolphin career and his 35 interceptions remains the Dolphins’ career record. Scott was the Most Valuable Player in the Dolphins’ win in Super Bowl 7 with two interceptions. He was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2010.

Glenn Blackwood | DB

Blackwood played nine seasons (1979-87) with the Dolphins and started all but two games from 1980 through 1985. He teamed with his brother, Lyle Blackwood, in the defensive backfield of the “Killer B’s” defense, including the Super Bowl seasons of 1982 and ’84. His total of 29 career interceptions ranks tied for fourth on the Dolphins’ all-time list.

Louis Oliver | DB

Oliver played seven seasons (1989-93, 1995-96). His 24 interceptions ranks tied for sixth in Dolphins history, and he led the Dolphins in interceptions four consecutive seasons (1989-92). On Oct. 4, 1992, at Buffalo he had three interceptions, including a 103-yard TD return, which at the time tied the NFL record for the longest interception return in league history.

Sam Madison | DB

Madison played nine years (1997-05) with the Dolphins. His 31 interceptions ranks third on the team’s all-time list. He tied for the team lead with eight interceptions in 1998, which matched the second-highest single-season figure in team history and led Miami with seven picks in 1999. He was selected to four Pro Bowl teams (1999-02).

Patrick Surtain | DB

Surtain played seven years (1998-04) with the Dolphins. His 29 interceptions ranks tied for fourth on Miami’s all-time list and is the second-highest total by a cornerback. He led the Dolphins in interceptions with six picks in 2002 and seven in 2003. He was named to three Pro Bowl teams, which is tied for the third-highest total by any Dolphin defensive back.

Brent Grimes | DB

Grimes is in his third season (2013-15) with the Dolphins and started all 16 games each of his first two years in Miami. He tied for the team lead in interceptions with four in 2013 and led Miami with five picks in 2014. He was named to the Pro Bowl both seasons as a Dolphin, becoming only the third Miami cornerback to be selected to the Pro Bowl.

Garo Yepremian | ST

Yepremian played nine seasons (1970-78) and with 830 points, he ranks second on the Dolphins’ all-time scoring list. In the AFC divisional playoff win on Dec. 25, 1971, in Kansas City his 37-yard field goal in double overtime ended the longest game in NFL history. He led the NFL in scoring in 1971 and led the league in field-goal accuracy three times.

Jim Jensen | ST

Jensen played 12 seasons (1981-92) for the Dolphins at quarterback/running back/wide receiver. In 1988 won the WIOD Miami Dolphins Outstanding Special Teams Player award. He finished second on the team in receptions three consecutive years, with 58 catches in 1988, 61 catches in 1989 and 44 catches in 1990.

Reggie Roby | ST

Roby played 10 seasons (1983-92) with the Dolphins. His 555 punts is the third-highest total in Miami history. In 1991, he led the NFL in punting with a 45.7 yards-per-kick average. He is the only punter in Dolphin history to be named to two Pro Bowls. Roby was one of the first to use just two steps to get his kicks off more quickly, a technique that is now used by every punter in the NFL.

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