The Miami Dolphins rumors page gives you up-to-date information about the Miami Dolphins a American Professional Football team based in Miami Gardens, Florida.
The Dolphins join the American Football League (AFL) in 1965 and joined the NFL in 1970 during the merger between the NFL and the AFL.
They are in the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the NFL.
The Dolphins play their homes games at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Their headquarters and practice facilities is the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.
The Miami Dolphins rumors are the oldest Florida's professional sports team in the NFL, they are the only franchise that was not a charter member of the American Football League (AFL).
The Miami Dolphins were founded by the American Football League (AFL) when an expansion franchise was awarded to lawyer Joseph Robbie and actor Danny Thomas in 1965 for $7.5 million. Danny Thomas would eventually sell his stake in the team to Joe Robbie.
The first professional American football team to be based in Miami and the state of Florida was the Miami Seahawks.
The Seahawks entered the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) during its inaugural 1946 season, as the first major league sports franchise ever in Miami. However, the team lasted only one year before being confiscated by the league.
In 1962, the American Football League (AFL) played a preseason exhibition game between the Houston Oilers and the Dallas Texans. Three years later, the AFL awarded an expansion team franchise to the City of Miami.
Joseph (Joe) Robbie had originally wanted a franchise in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but the AFL commissioner Joe Foss suggested Miami due to its warm climate, growing population, and lack of a football team.
The Miami Dolphins rumors held a contest to choose the name of the team, which elicited 19,843 entries and over a thousand different names. The winning name, was the "Dolphins".
The Miami Dolphins rumors were a successful team in the early 1970s, becoming the first team to go to 3 straight AFC Championships.
They won the AFC championship in 1971 with quarterback Bob Griese, running backs Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick, and wide receiver Paul Warfield.
They played in the longest game in NFL history (82 minutes 40 seconds) against Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, in which the Dolphins won. In Super Bowl VI, however, Miami lost to the Dallas Cowboys 24–3.
In 1972, the Dolphins had a perfect season in the NFL, winning all 14 regular season games, 2 playoff games and Super Bowl VII, by defeating the Washington Redskins 14–7. They finished the season 17-0, and are the only team to have an undefeated season and win an Super Bowl.
Miami starting QB Bob Griese broke leg and dislocated his ankle in Week 5 of the season playing the San Diego Chargers.
He was replaced by veteran Earl Morrall for the regular season, but returned to the field as a substitute during the AFC Championship game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers and then started in Super Bowl VII.
The Dolphins set the NFL single-season rushing record, by running backs Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris who became the first teammates to rush for 1,000 yards each in a season. The offensive line included future Hall of Fame members Jim Langer and Larry Little and Pro Bowler Bob Kuechenberg.
The 1972 Dolphins defense, who were called the No-Name Defense because Miami's offense received much more publicity, than the defense.
The defense was led by linebacker Nick Buoniconti a co-host of the HBO series Inside the NFL until 2001, defensive end Bill Stanfill, defensive tackle Manny Fernandez and safeties Dick Anderson and Jake Scott.
The Miami Dolphins rumors secured the team rushing record by averaging more than 200 yards per game on the ground for the regular season, while the defense allowed only 171 points.
Prior to the 1972 Dolphins, only the Chicago Bears, in 1934 and 1942, had finished an NFL regular season with no losses or ties. The 1934 team lost the NFL Championship Game that year to the New York Football Giants, and the 1942 team lost the Championship to the Redskins. The Cleveland Browns were undefeated in the 1948 All-America Football Conference season.
The Dolphins finished 12–2 after the 1973 regular season and repeated as Super Bowl Champions, by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 24–7 in Super Bowl VIII at Rice Stadium in Houston.
Miami reached the playoffs again in 1974 but lost in the first round to the Oakland Raiders, in what was called the "Sea of Hands" game, in which the Raiders running back Clarence Davis caught a pass from quarterback Ken stabler through several defenders to secure the win for the Raiders.
Following the 1974 season, the Dolphins lost Csonka, Kiick, and Warfield to the World Football League due to strike labor negotiations. The NFL average salaries in professional football were among the lowest in the 4 major sports in North America.
The Players associations in the NFL and the Canadian Football League were on strike prior to the 1974 season in an effort to establish better free agency rules and players salaries.
With the labor agreements going on the World Football League (WFL), Toronto Northmen led by John F Bassett, signed 3 Miami Dolphins players, fullback Larry Csonka, halfback Jim Kiick, and wide receiver Paul Warfield to the richest three-player deal in sports, an astounding $3.5 million dollars to start in 1975.
In my opinion, the signing of 3 starting players cost the Dolphins 1 and maybe 2 Super Bowls, imaging if Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier and wide receiver Lynn Swann all sign with another team after their 1st Super Bowl.
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