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Miami Dolphins History

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Dolphins history

The Miami Dolphins is a professional football team and are currently one of four teams in the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL).Miami joined the American Football League (AFL) when an expansion team franchise was awarded to lawyer Joseph Robbie and actor Danny Thomas in 1965. The Dolphins began play in 1966, and after four consecutive losing seasons, Don Shula replaced George Wilson as head coach. Miami joined the NFL in 1970 when the NFL and AFL completed their merger. The team gets it's name from the dolphins that inhabit the coastal waters of Florida. The teams uniform consists of the colors Aqua Green, White and Orange.

The helmet design is a dolphin wearing a football helmet, jumping in front of an orange sunburst. The Dolphin's Pro football Hall of Famers include Don Shula, Nick Buoniconti, Larry Csonka,Bob Griese, Dwight Stevenson, Jim Langer,Paul Warfield and Larry Little. Hall of Famer coach Don shula, was born Donald Francis Shula on January 4, 1930 in Grand River, Ohio, has pretty much coached the Dolphins for most of their history. The once Cleveland Browns defensive back,signed on to coach the Miami Dolphins from the 1970 season. Don had played defensive back for the Brown and ended his playing career as a Washington Redskin. His first team to coach was the Colts, with whom he was very successful especially in his first season as coach. He led the Colts to an 8-6 record in 1963.


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Shula had unparalleled success with Miami in the 1970s. His teams were known for a strong running game and a solid quarterback, with a defense that worked well as a cohesive unit. Using what he learned from Brown and Ewbank, Shula led the Dolphins to two Super Bowl wins and seven playoff appearances in the 1970s. Shula set numerous records in his 33 seasons as a head coach. He holds NFL records for regular season wins (328), total victories (347), single season win percentage (1.000 in 1972), most games coached (516), and consecutive seasons coached. Don Shula is known as the winningest head coach in professional football history. Another Hall of Famer is Bob Griese who was born 1945. Bob was drafted in 1967 by the Miami Dolphins.

An American Football League All-Star in 1967 and 1968, he was the only quarterback in modern professional football history to lead his team to a perfect season and a league championship, in 1972.In 2003, Griese became a television commentator for college football. Griese is a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame. In 1971, the Dolphins captured the AFC championship behind quarterback Bob Griese and wide receiver Paul Warfield. The AFC Championship Game, in which the Dolphins defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, was the longest contest in NFL history (82 minutes 40 seconds).In 1972, the Dolphins became the only team in the modern NFL to go undefeated (14-0) in the regular season. They swept the playoffs finishing at 17-0, a mark still unequalled. Including the Dolphins' 12-2 mark in 1973, the club also set a record with a 32-2 regular-season record over two seasons. The Dolphins won 12 games during the 1973 season and repeated as Super Bowl champions, routing the Minnesota Vikings 24-7. In 1975, the Dolphins managed to win ten games, aided by Griese’s consistency and the fine play of wide receiver Nat Moore. The Miami Dolphins have won two Super Bowls. They won Super Bowl VII, when they defeated the Washington Redskins, 14-7, in 1973. They won the second Super Bowl VIII, when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 24-7, in 1974. The Dolphins play at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida, which was opened on August 16, 1987. The stadium has a seating capacity of 75,192. Previous stadiums include Orange Bowl (75,206) 1966-86 and Pro Player Stadium (75,540) 1987-, known as Joe Robbie Stadium 1987-96


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