Greg Cote

Dolphins don’t want you to forget Marino was a Dolphin, even though nobody ever has

Dan Marino, Bob Griese and Nat Moore (L-R) give their 1-day contract signbing ceremony all the seriousness it deserves.
Dan Marino, Bob Griese and Nat Moore (L-R) give their 1-day contract signbing ceremony all the seriousness it deserves. Courtesy of Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins announced Thursday that Ryan Tannehill is fully healed from his knee injury and ready for all offseason activities, but of course that was dwarfed by the team’s other major quarterback news this week.

I’d have thought it might have been a bigger story nationally when the Dolphins quietly signed two new/old quarterbacks -- hauling Dan Marino out of 17 years’ retirement and also adding 72-year-old Bob Griese to the active roster. No, seriously. Sort of.

Can something be heartwarming and ridiculous at the same time?

Apparently so!

The Dolphins signed Marino, Griese and four others to ceremonial one-day contracts this week, also including Kim Bokamper, Larry Little, Sam Madison and Nat Moore, “to further emphasize the bond between the organization and the team’s alumni,” said the team in a statement. The club added that this would allow the six “to officially retire as members of the Miami Dolphins.”

Hmm. Huh?

Marino, Griese, Bokamper and Moore played their entire careers only for Miami, a combined 53 seasons. Little spent his final 12 of 14 years with the Dolphins after starting out in San Diego. Madison spent his first and best nine seasons here before a three-year swansong with the Giants. Only Madison even remotely fits the standard parameter of the ceremonial one-day contract.

The Dolphins didn’t bother to deny this was pretty much a publicity stunt, because what would be the point? Maybe with the Heat and Panthers winning so much lately and the Marlins starting up, Miami’s King Team felt a little left out.

In any case, for those of you who weren’t sure if Marino retired a Dolphin -- now you know!

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