Fantastic Phins: The 50 greatest Dolphins of all-time
The best of the best
As the Miami Dolphins celebrate their 50th season, take a look at who was selected as the 50 best players in franchise history as voted by fans, team alumni, media and a blue ribbon panel.
Jim Kiick (1968-74)
Jim Kiick played seven seasons (1968-74) in Miami at running back, and his 3,644 yards rushing ranks fifth among the Dolphins’ all-time rushing leaders. Kiick led Miami in rushing (ahead of Larry Csonka) in 1968 and 1969. He gained at least 500 yards five different seasons and was named to the AFL All-Star Game in 1968 and 1969. Kiick was an outstanding receiver as well, leading Miami in receptions in 1970.
Paul Warfield (1970-74)
Paul Warfield played five seasons with the Dolphins (1970-74) as an explosive threat from his wideout position 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. Warfield’s 21.5 yards per reception is still the highest average in Dolphins history and his overall average of 20.5 yards per reception ranks as the fifth-highest in NFL history. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1990.
Norm Evans (1966-75)
Norm Evans is an original Dolphins player who saw action in ten seasons in Miami (1966-75), more than all but one member of that inaugural team. He started all but six games at tackle during those ten years, including every game in Miami’s World Championship seasons of 1972 and 1973. His 91 consecutive starts during that span are the sixth highest in team history, and he was named to two Pro Bowls. He is the only original Dolphins player to be named to the all-time team.
Manny Fernandez (1968-75)
Manny Fernandez played eight seasons (1968-75) with the Dolphins at defensive tackle and recorded 35 sacks as a Dolphins player, which ranks tenth among Miami’s all-time sack leaders and is second among defensive tackles. Fernandez led the Dolphins with eight sacks in 1971, one of only three DTs to lead the Dolphins in sacks in a season. He is likely best remembered for his 17 tackles in Super Bowl VII. Fernandez was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2014.
Mercury Morris (1969-75)
Mercury Morris played seven seasons (1969-75) with the Dolphins at running back and rushed for 3,877 yards, which ranks fourth in Dolphins history. He rushed for 1,000 yards in 1972 and, together 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. Morris followed that with 954 yards rushing in 1973. He is the only Dolphins player to record three kickoff returns for a touchdown and ranks first in average kickoff return yardage. Morris was named to three Pro Bowls.
Jake Scott (1970-75)
Jake Scott played six years (1970-75) with the Dolphins at safety and was one of the key performers on the "No-Name" defense of the great Dolphins teams that won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1972-73, including the 1972 "Perfect Season." Scott started every game in his Dolphins career and his 35 interceptions remain the Dolphins' career INT record. He made the Pro Bowl five times, the most by any Miami defensive back and was the Most Valuable Player in the Dolphins' win in Super Bowl VII over Washington with two interceptions. He was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2010.
Nick Buoniconti (1969-76)
Nick Buoniconti played eight seasons (1969-76) with the Dolphins at linebacker and was a driving force on the “No-Name Defense.” He was a captain of the undefeated 1972 team. Buoniconti led the Dolphins in tackles every season from 1969 through 1973 and remains the only Dolphins defensive player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He made one AFL All-Star team and two Pro Bowls and was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1991.
Bill Stanfill (1969-76)
Bill Stanfill played eight seasons (1969-76) with the Dolphins at defensive end. He retired as the Dolphins’ all-time sack leader with 67.5 career sacks in Miami, and still ranks second in team history. Stanfill’s 18.5 sacks in 1973 remain tied for the single-season team record, along with Jason Taylor’s 18.5 sacks in 2002. Stanfill made the AFL All-Star team in 1969 and was named to four Pro Bowls. He was inducted into the Dolphins’ Honor Roll in 2010.
Earl Morrall (1972-76)
Earl Morrall played five seasons with the Dolphins (1972-76) at quarterback, with a solid career as a starter in the NFL before joining the Dolphins in 1972. He became Miami’s starter in 1972 when Bob Griese was injured in the fifth game that year and started the next 11 games. The Dolphins won every one of them en route to their 17-0 perfect season. Morrall was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year that season. He passed away in 2014.
Dick Anderson (1968-77)
Dick Anderson played ten seasons (1968-77) in Miami at safety and was one of the key performers on the "No-Name" defense of the great Dolphins teams that won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1972-73, including their 1972 "Perfect Season." Anderson started every game from 1969 through 1974 and had 34 interceptions with the Dolphins, the second-highest total in team history. He made three Pro Bowl teams and was named as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1973, one of only three Dolphins ever to earn that honor. He was selected to the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2006.
Jim Mandich (1970-77)
Jim Mandich played eight seasons (1970-77) with the Dolphins at tight end and was a valuable contributor to Dolphins’ three Super Bowl teams in the 1970s. His best season was in 1974 when he finished second on the Dolphins with 33 receptions and led the team with six touchdown catches. After retirement, Mandich became a popular member of Miami’s radio broadcast team. He was selected to the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2011. Mandich passed away in April 2011.
Garo Yepremian (1970-78)
Garo Yepremian played nine seasons (1970-78) as the Dolphins kicker. 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, Yepremian’s 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. He remains the only Miami kicker named to two Pro Bowl teams. Yepremian passed away in May 2015.
Larry Csonka (1968-74, 1979)
Larry Csonka played eight seasons (1968-74, 1979) with the Dolphins at fullback, and is one of only three Dolphins to have his number retired. He is the team’s all-time leading rusher with 6,737 yards, having three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons from 1971-73 at Miami, where the team advanced to the Super Bowl each year. Csonka was the MVP of Super Bowl VIII with 145 yards rushing. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and enshrined in the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1990.
Jim Langer (1970-79)
Jim Langer played ten years with the Dolphins (1970-79) as the center of Miami’s offensive line during the team’s championship years in the 1970s. He is a six-time Pro Bowl selection, including five times as a starter (only Dan Marino was named to more Pro Bowl starts in Dolphins history). Langer was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and was selected to the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1990.
Bob Griese (1967-80)
Bob Griese played 14 seasons (1967-80) at quarterback with the Dolphins, and is one of only three Dolphins to have his jersey retired. He was a key component of the great Dolphins teams in the 1970s as the starting quarterback on the Dolphins’ two Super Bowl wins (1972, 1973). Griese threw for more than 25,000 yards and 192 touchdowns in his Dolphins career. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1990.
Larry Little (1969-80)
Larry Little played 12 seasons (1969-80) with the Dolphins at guard and was a key ingredient in the powerful running game that led to two Super Bowl titles in 1972 and 1973. He started 152 of the 158 games he played as a Dolphins player, the third highest starting total by any lineman in Dolphins history. Little was named to four Pro Bowls, including three starts and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. He was selected to the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1993.
Vern Den Herder (1971-82)
Vern Den Herder played 12 years (1971-82) with the Dolphins at defensive end and ranks third among Dolphins defenders in games played (159) and fourth in starts (143). Den Herder ranks fourth in team history in sacks (64) and 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 Kuechenberg (1970-84)
Bob Kuechenberg started at both left tackle and left guard during his 15 seasons in Miami (1970-84), more than any Dolphins player except Dan Marino. He is third behind Marino and Jason Taylor in team history for most games started and played. Kuechenberg played on every Dolphins Super Bowl team but one (Super Bowl XIX). He had just 15 holding penalties called against him in his career. Kuechenberg was named to six Pro Bowl teams and inducted into the Dolphin Honor Roll in 1995.
Ed Newman (1973-84)
Ed Newman played 12 seasons (1973-84) at guard with the Dolphins, playing 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.
A.J. Duhe (1977-84)
A.J. Duhe played eight seasons (1977-84) at linebacker with the Dolphins as a member of the “Killer B’s” defense. He ranks tenth among the Dolphins all-time sack leaders with 38.5 career sacks and had one of the best playoff games in NFL history in the 1983 AFC Championship Game when he recorded three interceptions, including one he returned 35 yards for a touchdown. Duhe was named to the 1984 Pro Bowl team.
Kim Bokamper (1977-85)
Kim Bokamper played nine years (1977-85) with the Dolphins at linebacker and defensive end as a member of the “Killer B’s” defense that helped the Dolphins make two Super Bowls in the 1980s. Bokamper is tied for eighth among the Dolphins’ all-time sack leaders with 39.5 career sacks, leading the team in sacks in 1980. He was named to the 1979 Pro Bowl team.
Nat Moore (1974-86)
Nat Moore played 13 seasons for the Dolphins (1974-86) at wide receiver 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 still ranks first in touchdowns and third in receptions and receiving yardage in team history. He led the AFC in scoring in 1977. Moore was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1999. The Dolphins annual community service award is named in his honor.
Bob Baumhower (1977-86)
Bob Baumhower played 10 seasons (1977-86) at defensive tackle 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 and is the most ever by a Miami defensive tackle. Baumhower led the Dolphins with nine sacks in 1981, and was one of only three DTs to lead the Dolphins in sacks in a season. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection with the Dolphins. Baumhower was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2008.
Doug Betters (1978-87)
Doug Betters played 10 seasons (1978-87) at defensive end with the Dolphins as a member of the "Killer B's" defense. His 65.5 career sacks ranks third among the Dolphins all-time sack leaders. Betters' 16 sacks in 1983 is the fifth-highest single-season total in team history. He was named as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1983 and selected to the Pro Bowl. Betters was inducted into the team's Honor Roll in 2008.
Glenn Blackwood (1979-87)
Glenn Blackwood played nine seasons (1979-87) at safety 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 Bs” defense, including the Super Bowl seasons of 1982 and 1984. Blackwood’s total of 29 career interceptions is tied for fourth on the Dolphins’ all-time interceptions list. He led the Dolphins with six interceptions in both 1984 and 1985.
Tony Nathan (1979-87)
Tony Nathan played nine seasons (1979-87) with the Dolphins at running back. He accumulated 3,543 career yards rushing along with 383 receptions for 3,592 yards during his tenure in Miami. Nathan remains the only player in Dolphins history to rank among the team's top ten career leaders in both rushing yards and receptions. He led the Dolphins in both rushing and receiving in 1985 and started in both of Miami's Super Bowl teams in the 1980s. Nathan was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2014.
Dwight Stephenson (1980-87)
Dwight Stephenson played eight seasons with the Dolphins (1980-87) at center before having his career end prematurely, suffering a serious knee injury late in 1987. He was selected to five straight Pro Bowls during his time with the Miami Dolphins, including four starts. Stephenson anchored an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL each of his seasons as a starter. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998 and selected to the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1994.
Bruce Hardy (1978-89)
Bruce Hardy played 12 years with the Dolphins (1978-89), playing more seasons and games (151) than any tight end in Dolphins history. He had 256 catches for 3,769 yards as a Dolphins player. Hardy’s receiving yards are the most by any Dolphins tight end, and his reception figure is the second highest tight end total. He started all but three games in a three-year stretch (1985-87) and also served as a long snapper during his career in Miami.
Bob Brudzinski (1981-89)
Bob Brudzinski played nine seasons (1981-89) with the Dolphins at linebacker as 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.
Jim Jensen (1981-92)
Jim Jensen played 12 seasons (1981-92) for the Dolphins at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and on special teams. In 1988, he won the WIOD Miami Dolphins Outstanding Special Teams Player award. Jensen finished second on the team in receptions three straight years, with 58 catches in 1988, 61 catches in 1989 and 44 catches in 1990.
Mark Duper (1982-92)
Mark Duper played 11 seasons (1982-92) with the Dolphins at wide receiver, combining with Clayton to form the "Marks Brothers." He finished with 511 catches for 8,869 yards and 59 touchdowns and ranks first in career reception yardage, second in receptions and third in touchdowns in Dolphins history. His average of 17.4 yards per catch is the second highest in team history (minimum 100 receptions). Duper was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2003.
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Mark Clayton (1983-92)
Mark Clayton played ten seasons (1983-92) with the Dolphins at wide receiver and combined with Mark Duper to form the "Marks Brothers" receiving duo. Clayton finished with 550 catches for 8,643 yards and 81 touchdowns. He ranks first in Dolphins history in career receptions and touchdowns and second in receiving yards. Clayton had 18 touchdown catches in 1984, then an NFL single-season record and still the Dolphins team record. In 2003, he was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll.
Reggie Roby (1983-92)
Reggie Roby played ten seasons (1983-92) as punter with the Dolphins. His 555 punts are the third highest total in Miami history and his 43.3 yards per kick average ranks third. In 1991, he led the NFL in punting with an average of 45.7 yards per kick. Roby is the only punter in Dolphins history to be named to multiple Pro Bowls. He 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. Roby passed away in February 2005.
John Offerdahl (1986-93)
John Offerdahl played eight seasons (1986-93) with the Dolphins at linebacker and was named the 1986 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He led the Dolphins in tackles three seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl his first five years in the league. Offerdahl’s five consecutive Pro Bowls is tied for the longest streak by a Dolphins defender. He was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2013.
Keith Jackson (1992-94)
Keith Jackson played three seasons (1992-94) with the Dolphins at tight end. His best season was 1994 when he had 59 catches for 673 yards and seven touchdowns. Jackson’s reception total was the fifth highest single season total by a Dolphins tight end, his yardage figure was third and his TD total was tied for first. He was named to the Pro Bowl following each of his first two seasons with the Dolphins.
Bryan Cox (1991-95)
Bryan Cox played five seasons (1991-95) at linebacker 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 and led Miami in tackles in four of his five seasons. Cox led the Dolphins in sacks twice, including 14 sacks in 1992. He made three Pro Bowl teams during his time with the Dolphins.
Louis Oliver (1989-93, 1995-96)
Louis Oliver played seven seasons (1989-93, 1995-96) with the Dolphins at safety, starting all but three games his first four years with the team. His 24 interceptions ranks tied for sixth in Dolphins history and he led the Dolphins in interceptions four straight 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.
Keith Sims (1990-97)
Keith Sims played eight years (1990-97) at guard 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. Sims was named to three consecutive Pro Bowl teams (1993-95).
Dan Marino (1983-99)
Dan Marino played 17 seasons (1983-99) at quarterback with the Dolphins and is one of only three Dolphins to have his jersey retired. Marino threw for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns. When he retired, Marino held the NFL’s all-time records for most passing attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns. He rewrote the NFL passing records during the 1984 season when he threw for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns (the first over 40 TDs and 5,000 yards passing). Marino was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2000.
Richmond Webb (1990-2000)
Richmond 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 straight Pro Bowls (1990-96), the longest consecutive Pro Bowl selection streak in team history. Webb was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2006.
O.J. McDuffie (1993-2001)
O.J. McDuffie played nine years (1993-2001) with the Dolphins at wide receiver and ranks fourth on the team's all-time reception list with 415 receptions and is fifth with 5,074 receiving yards. He led the team in catches for three straight seasons. McDuffie's 90 catches in 1998 remains Miami's single season reception record and also is the only time a Dolphins player ever led the NFL in catches. He is tied for the team record for most punt returns and one of three Dolphins to have two career punt returns for a touchdown.
Tim Bowens (1994-2004)
Tim Bowens played 11 seasons (1994-2004) in Miami at defensive tackle and started 155 games as a Dolphins player, the third highest total among the team’s defensive players. Included in that total were 92 consecutive starts from 1994-99, the fifth longest starting streak in team history. Bowens 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 named to two Pro Bowl teams.
Patrick Surtain (1998-2004)
Patrick Surtain played seven years (1998-2004) with the Dolphins. His 29 interceptions rank tied for fourth on Miami’s all-time list and are the second-highest figure 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 Dolphins defensive back.
Sam Madison (1997-2005)
Sam Madison played nine years (1997-2005) at cornerback with the Dolphins. His 31 interceptions rank third on the team’s all-time interception list and he tied for the team lead with eight interceptions in 1998, which matched the second highest single season interception figure in team history. Madison led Miami with seven picks in 1999. He was selected to four Pro Bowl teams (1999-2002), the second highest figure among defensive backs in Dolphins history.
Zach Thomas (1996-2007)
Zach Thomas played 12 seasons (1996-2007) with the Dolphins at linebacker and started all 168 games he played in Miami, the most games played and started by any Dolphins defender other than Jason Taylor. Thomas recorded 100 or more tackles 11 times and led Miami in tackles ten times. He was selected to seven Pro Bowls, and is tied for the second highest total by any Dolphins player, trailing only Dan Marino. Thomas was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2012.
Ricky Williams (2002-03, 2005, 2007-10)
Ricky Williams played seven seasons (2002-03, 05, 07-10) with the Dolphins at running back. With 6,436 yards and 48 touchdowns rushing as a Dolphins player, he ranks second in team history in rushing yards and touchdowns. Williams set a Dolphins record in 2002 when he led the NFL in rushing with 1,853 yards. He followed that in 2003 with 1,372 yards and no one in Dolphins history has ever come within 100 yards of either of those totals.
Jason Taylor (1997-2007, 2009 and 2011)
Jason Taylor played 13 seasons for the Dolphins (1997-2007, 2009 and 2011) at defensive end/linebacker. He played 204 games while making 186 starts, the second highest figure in team history behind only Dan Marino. He holds the Dolphins record for most all-time sacks (131) and is tied with Bill Stanfill for most sacks in a season (18.5). He was named as the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 and was selected to six Pro Bowl teams. He was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2012.
Cameron Wake (2009-15)
Cameron Wake is in his seventh year (2009-15) with the Dolphins at linebacker and defensive end and has recorded 70 sacks as a member of the Dolphins, which ranks second among the team’s all-time sack leaders, behind Jason Taylor. He has led the Dolphins in sacks four times and has registered double figure sack totals in three different seasons. Wake’s 15 sacks in 2012 is tied for the sixth-highest single-season total in Dolphins history. He was named to four Pro Bowls.
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Mike Pouncey (2011-15)
Mike Pouncey is in his fifth year (2011-15) with the Dolphins, having been a starter since joining the team as the first round draft pick in 2011. He started all but two games for Miami at center his first three years in the league. Pouncey was named as a Pro Bowl starter in 2013 and moved to right guard in 2014 due to injuries on the offensive line, where he earned his second Pro Bowl selection. He is the only offensive player in team history to earn Pro Bowl recognition at two positions.
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Brent Grimes (2013-15)
Brent Grimes is in his third season (2013-15) as a cornerback with the Dolphins and started all 16 games each of his first two years in Miami. He is tied for the team lead in interceptions with four INTs in 2013 and led Miami with five picks in 2014. Grimes was named to the Pro Bowl following both of his seasons with the Dolphins, becoming only the third Miami cornerback to be selected to the Pro Bowl squad.