Miami Dolphins in History

Events in Sport

  • 1965-08-16 AFL awards its 1st expansion franchise (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972-01-02 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts, 21-0
  • 1972-01-16 Super Bowl VI, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Dallas Cowboys beat Miami Dolphins, 24-3; MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB
  • 1972-12-16 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
  • 1972-12-31 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-7
  • 1973-01-14 Super Bowl VII, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7; MVP: Jake Scott, Miami, S

Sport awardAFC Championship

1973-12-30 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders, 27-10

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1974-01-13 Super Bowl VIII, Rice Stadium, Houston, TX: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7; MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB
  • 1974-01-20 24th NFL Pro Bowl, Arrowhead Stadium, KC, Missouri: AFC beats NFC, 15-13; MVP: Garo Yepremian, Miami Dolphins, PK
  • 1982-01-02 "The Epic in Miami", in 85 degree heat (Fahrenheit), the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, a game that set numerous playoff scoring records
  • 1983-01-23 "Mud Bowl", Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 14-0 in the AFC Championship Game on a wet, muddy field, which negated the Jets significant speed and skill advantage
  • 1983-01-23 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat New York Jets, 14-0
  • 1983-01-30 Super Bowl XVII, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Washington Redskins beat Miami Dolphins, 27-17; MVP: John Riggins, Washington, RB
  • 1985-01-06 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 45-28

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1985-01-20 Super Bowl XIX, Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA: San Francisco 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1985-10-14 New York Jets retire Joe Namath's #12 on nationally televised Monday Night Football; beat Miami Dolphins, 23-7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-12-02 NFL quarterback legends Dan Marino and John Elway (Denver Broncos) face each other for the first time, a 30-26 win for Marino's Miami Dolphins (390 yards and 3 TDs)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-12-02 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan almost come to blows at halftime in a 38-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins at the Orange Bowl, Miami; Chicago's only loss of the NFL season

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • 1986-01-12 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins, 31-14
  • 1986-09-21 NY Jets beat Miami Dolphins 51-45 in OT; record 884 passing yards
  • 1988-07-31 Miami Dolphins beat San Francisco 49ers, 27-21 in the American Bowl at London's Wembley Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991-09-22 Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula records his 300th career NFL victory

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • 1992-11-01 NY Jets wide receiver Al Toon becomes 10th NFL player to make a reception in 100 straight games; Jets beat Miami Dolphins, 26-24 at The Meadowlands

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1992-12-06 San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown in a 27-3 win over Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • 1993-01-17 AFC Championship, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami: Buffalo Bills beat Miami Dolphins, 29-10
  • 1996-01-05 Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula announces his retirement

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996-01-10 Jimmy Johnson announced as new coach of Miami Dolphins

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 1998-11-01 Steve Young and Jerry Rice hook up for their 80th career touchdown in Niners' 36-22 loss to GB Packers at Lambeau Field; eclipse previous NFL mark held by Miami Dolphins tandem Dan Marino & Mark Clayton
  • 2000-09-17 Dan Marino's #13 jersey is retired by the Miami Dolphins
  • 2000-10-23 "Monday Night Miracle", down 30-7 at the end of the third quarter, New York Jets pull together an improbable comeback with 4 touchdowns and a field goal in the fourth quarter, eventually defeating the Miami Dolphins 40-37 in overtime
  • 2003-02-02 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 45-23; MVP: Ricky Williams, Miami Dolphins, RB
  • 2007-01-03 High profile Miami Dolphins NFL head coach Nick Saban resigns after agreeing to return to college football and take head coaching job at Alabama
  • 2008-04-26 NFL Draft: University of Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long first pick by Miami Dolphins
  • 2012-01-29 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 59-41; MVP: Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins, WR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-12-09 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady breaks Peyton Manning's record for most touchdown passes in NFL history; moves to 582 with 3 TD passes during 34-33 defeat by Miami Dolphins; record includes TDs thrown in regular season & post-season

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestDon Shula

1930-01-04 Don Shula, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Super Bowl 1972, 73; Miami Dolphins; Baltimore Colts; NFL Coach of the Year 1964, 67, 68, 72), born in Grand River Ohio (d. 2020)

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • 1934-05-17 Earl Morrall, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1970, 72, 73; Pro Bowl 1957, 68; First-team All-Pro 1968, 72; NFL MVP 1968; Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1938-12-29 Wayne Huizenga, American businessman, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster), and sports team owner (Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins), born in Evergreen Park, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1940-12-15 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)

Person of interestJimmy Johnson

1943-07-16 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 1944-06-02 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), born in Larnaca, Cyprus (d. 2015)
  • 1945-02-03 Bob Griese, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 1971 Player of Year)
  • 1945-11-02 Larry Little, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (5-time Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1972-73; Miami Dolphins), born in Groveland, Georgia
  • 1946-08-09 Jim Kiick, American football running back (Super Bowl 1972, 73; AFL All-Star 1968, 69; Miami Dolphins), born in Lincoln Park, New Jersey (d. 2020)
  • 1946-12-25 Larry Csonka, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, NY Giants)
  • 1947-10-14 Bob Kuechenberg, American NFL guard (6-time Pro Bowl, Miami Dolphins), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 2019)
  • 1951-10-31 Nick Saban, American football coach (National NCAA C'ships 2003, 09, 11-12, 15, 17; LSU, Alabama, Miami Dolphins), born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • 1961-08-22 John Kidd, American NFL punter (Miami Dolphins), born in Springfield, Illinois

Person of interestDan Marino

1961-09-15 Dan Marino, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 9-time Pro Bowl), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 1961-10-07 Tony Sparano, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11), born in West Haven, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • 1962-05-01 Gary Clark, American NFL wide receiver (Super Bowl 1987, 91; Washington Redskins; Pro Bowl 1986, 87, 90, 91; All-Pro 1986, 87, 91), born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1962-08-25 Ron Heller, American football coach and former NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in East Meadow, New York
  • 1962-08-30 Ricky Sanders, American NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1962-09-28 Irving Fryar, American NFL wide receiver (5-time Pro Bowl, #1 pick 1984 Draft), born in Mount Holly Township, New jersey
  • 1963-02-25 Tom McHale, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1963-10-14 Keith Byars, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots)
  • 1963-11-25 Bernie Kosar, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns)
  • 1964-11-22 Gene Atkins, NFL safety (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1965-07-12 Michael Stewart, NFL safety (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1965-10-05 Trace Armstrong, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1965-10-10 Brett Perriman, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1966-01-20 Bert Weidner, American NFL guard (Miami Dolphins), born in Eden, New York
  • 1966-03-09 Louis Oliver, NFL safety (Miami Dolphins), born in Belle Glade, Florida
  • 1966-03-25 Jeff Cross, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1966-10-09 Mike Williams, American NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Mount Kisco, New York
  • 1967-01-05 J. B. Brown, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967-01-11 Richmond Webb, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1967-02-20 Chris Singleton, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1967-04-28 Pete Stoyanovich, NFL kicker (Miami Dolphins, KC Chiefs)
  • 1967-06-17 Keith Sims, American NFL offensive guard (Pro Bowl 1993–95; Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1967-06-22 Eric Green, NFL tight end (Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1967-09-16 Bernie Parmalee, American NFL running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1967-10-10 Frank Wainright, American football tight end (Miami Dolphins), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1967-12-18 Dan McGwire, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1968-01-02 Scott Mitchell, American NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1968-02-17 Bryan Cox, American NFL linebacker and coach (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1968-10-08 Frankie Smith, American NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers), born in Groesbeck, Texas
  • 1969-01-13 Robert Wilson, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1969-04-21 Dwight Hollier, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1969-05-17 Craig Erickson, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1969-09-21 Randal Hill, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1969-09-24 Andrew Greene, Canadian NFL guard (Miami Dolphins, Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1969-10-09 Charles Jordan, American wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969-10-25 Corey Harris, American NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1969-12-02 O. J. McDuffie, American NFL wide receiver (NFL receptions leader 1998; Miami Dolphins), born in Marion, Ohio
  • 1969-12-18 Marco Coleman, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970-01-20 Terry Kirby, American football player (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1970-02-12 Lamar Thomas, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Miami Dolphins), born in Ocala, Florida
  • 1970-04-05 Tim Jacobs, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970-04-16 Steve Emtman, American NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970-06-08 Troy Vincent, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1970-06-19 Chris Gray, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears)
  • 1970-06-29 Troy Drayton, American NFL tight end (Miami Dolphins), born in Steelton, Pennsylvania
  • 1970-07-30 Ed Hawthorne, American NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1970-08-05 Everett McIver, NFL guard (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970-10-28 Bracey Walker, NFL safety (Cin Bengals, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970-11-08 Qadry Ismail, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1970-11-30 James Brown, tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970-12-21 Irving Spikes, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • 1971-02-11 John Bock, Americn NFL center (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins), born in Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • 1971-02-18 George Teague, American NFL safety (Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers), born in Oscoda, Michigan
  • 1971-05-01 Ethan Albright, American NFL long-snapper (Pro Bowl 2007; Washington Redskins), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1971-06-07 Terrell Buckley, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971-06-10 DeWayne Dotson, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971-06-11 Dion Foxx, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1971-07-08 Jeff Kopp, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971-08-14 Sean Hill, American NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins), born in Dowagiac, Michigan
  • 1971-10-14 Derrick Rodgers, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972-03-27 Kirby Dar Dar, American NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins), born in Morgan City, Louisiana
  • 1972-04-27 Tim Ruddy, American football offensive lineman (Miami Dolphins), born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania
  • 1972-06-21 Billy Milner, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972-06-26 Jerris McPhail, American football running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Clinton, North Carolina
  • 1972-09-04 Norman Hand, American football defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Queens, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1972-10-28 Calvin Jackson, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972-12-28 Jim Kitts, US NFL running back (Frankfurt Galaxy, Miami Dolphins), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1973-01-25 Anthony Harris, American football linebacker (Miami Dolphins), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1973-02-07 Tim Bowens, NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973-02-25 Daryl Gardener, defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973-06-06 Olindo Mare, kicker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973-10-23 Shawn Wooden, free safety (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973-11-21 Brent Smith, tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973-11-25 Yatil Green, wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973-12-12 Stanley Pritchett, American football running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1974-01-18 Shane Burton, American football defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Logan, West Virginia
  • 1974-02-11 Ronnie Ward, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1974-04-23 Sam Madison, American football cornerback (Miami Dolphins), born in Thomasville, Georgia
  • 1974-06-28 Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar, American football running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1974-08-07 Jeff Buckey, American NFL offensive lineman (Miami Dolphins), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1974-10-29 Mike Crawford, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1977-05-21 Ricky Williams, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1998, U of Texas; Pro Bowl 2002, Miami Dolphins), born in San Diego, California
  • 1979-06-28 Randy McMichael, American NFL football player (Miami Dolphins), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1986-08-24 Arian Foster, American football running back (Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1988-07-27 Ryan Tannehill III, American football quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans; NFL passer rating leader 2019), born in Lubbock, Texas

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1999-07-18 Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson (56) weds longtime girlfriend Rhonda Rookmaaker (45) in the Florida Keys

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1990-01-07 Joseph Robbie, lawyer/NFL owner (Miami Dolphins), dies at 73
  • 2014-04-25 Earl Morrall, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1970, 72, 73; Pro Bowl 1957, 68; First-team All-Pro 1968, 72; NFL MVP 1968; Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), dies from Parkinson's disease at 79
  • 2015-05-15 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • 2018-03-22 Wayne Huizenga, American businessman, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster), and sports team owner (Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins), dies of cancer at 80
  • 2018-07-22 Tony Sparano, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins 2008-11), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 2019-01-12 Bob Kuechenberg, American NFL guard (6-time Pro Bowl, Miami Dolphins), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 2019-07-30 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), dies at 78

Person of interestDon Shula

2020-05-04 Don Shula, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Super Bowl 1972, 73; Miami Dolphins; Baltimore Colts; NFL Coach of the Year 1964, 67, 68, 72), dies at 90

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • 2020-06-20 Jim Kiick, American football running back (Super Bowl 1972, 73; AFL All-Star 1968, 69; Miami Dolphins), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 73