Top 10 Miami Dolphins of all time
10.) Jim Langer – He was a linebacker and an honorary All-American with the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits. After going undrafted, he signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns, but did not stick with the team through the entire training camp. He signed another free agent contract to play with the Miami Dolphins, appearing sparingly (in six games) during his rookie season. He wore the number 62 jersey through his Miami career. Jim Langer is recognized as one of the NFL’s best ever centers. He represents Miami at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1987. Annually, the Jim Langer Award is presented to the top Division II Offensive Lineman in the country.
9.) Nat Moore -For 13 seasons in Miami, Nat Moore provided options first for Bob Griese, then later for Dan Marino. He led the team in receiving yards five times. For thirteen seasons with the Dolphins, the first few as a primary threat, the last few as a complementary piece of the puzzle, Moore caught a total of 510 passes for 7,546 yards, finishing second on Miami’s all-time touchdown reception list, with 74. In 1998, Moore created the Nat Moore Foundation to work with the disadvantaged youth in the Miami Dade County Area.
8.) Bob Baumhower – He was Miami’s starting nose tackle for nine seasons. He was a five time Pro-Bowler and played great. In nine seasons as the Miami Dolphins’ starting nose tackle, Bob Baumhower made around 750 tackles. After retiring, he opened up a chain of restaurants in Alabama, appropriate named “Baumhower’s”. The company has grown to nine restaurants, and counting.
7.) Bob Griese -While he never put up huge (Dan Marino like) numbers, his leadership played an important role in helping the Dolphins compete in three consecutive Super Bowls, winning the last two of them. In 1972, Bob Griese and the Miami Dolphins did something that had never happened nor has happened again in the NFL, which is of course winning the super bowl.
6.) Larry Little – Probably one of the most under rated Miami Dolphins and that is why i put him as number 6. Little went undrafted in the 1967 draft, although he signed as a free agent with the American Football League’s San Diego Chargers in 1967 and 1968, and was later traded to the AFL’s Miami Dolphins, for the 1969 season, when he was named an AFL All-Star. He then played with the National Football League Dolphins from 1970 through 1980. So he was also a part of the undefeated Miami Dolphins.
5.) Jason Taylor – This guy can arguably be higher and he is also the most recent player on this list so he is current news, retiring in 2011. Later on in his career in 2000, Taylor, a restricted free agent, received a one-year tender that earned him $1.027 million in 2000. Taylor responded with 73-tackles, 14.5-sacks, and 6-passes batted for the Dolphins that season. His performance was rewarded with his first selection to the Pro Bowl. The success continues from there until his retirement in 2011.
4.) Paul Warfield – This guy is much older than Jason Taylor but he was a mean wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins. Paul Warfield was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and he definitely deserved it.
3.) Dwight Stephenson – This guy is from North Carolina just like me and boy was he good back when he played. With an exceptionally explosive Dwight Stephenson as the offensive captain, the Dolphins offensive line gave up the least sacks in the National Football League for a record 6 straight seasons, from 1982–1987, which doubled the length of the previous record. Which helped the Miami Dolphins succeed?
2.) Larry Csonka- Larry Csonka was the number one overall pick by the Dolphins and he would prove that he deserved that pick. While he is never mentioned with players like Barry Sanders or Jim Brown, he is great and actually won Super Bowls because he had better teams built around him.
1.) Dan Marino – Dan “The Man” Marino. Honestly who else can you put here? No one, because Dan Marino was, and still is one of the best quarterback to play the game, and he has also won a lot of games. He also (until last season) held the NFL Passing yards for a single season, and he held on to that record for a very long time. The greatest Dolphin is truly Dan Marino.