|The Miami Dolphins were founded by Joseph Robbie and Danny
Thomas in 1965 as part of the AFL. During its first four seasons, the team
compiled a record of 15-39-2. The team's fortunes began to change when it hired
Don Shula away from the Baltimore Colts as head coach in 1970. Shula's hiring
produced immediate dividends as in his first year as coach the Dolphins finished
10-4 and made their first trip to the playoffs.
The following season cemented the Dolphins' status as one of
the premier teams in the NFL, as the Dolphins made a run to Super Bowl VI, which
they lost 24-3 to the Dallas Cowboys. This would be only the first of three
consecutive trips to the Super Bowl, with the Dolphins emerging victorious in
In 1972, the Dolphins became the first team after the AFL-NFL
merger to go undefeated throughout an entire season, culminating in a 14-7
defeat of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII.
The following season, the Dolphins wrapped up the regular
season with a 12-2 record before going on to win a second consecutive Super Bowl
against the Minnesota Vikings. The final of the game was 24-7.
The Dolphins returned to the Super Bowl in 1983, but were
defeated by the Redskins 27-17. In the ensuing draft the Dolphins selected
quarterback Dan Marino out of the University of Pittsburgh. In his second
season, Marino led the Dolphins to Super Bowl XIX, which they lost 38-16 to the
San Francisco 49ers.
Though the Dolphins have not appeared in another Super Bowl
since then, they did return to the Conference Championship game twice, first
losing to the New England Patriots in 1985, then to the Buffalo Bills in 1992.
Super Bowl Appearances:
1972 (Super Bowl VI): Lost 24-3 to the Dallas Cowboys
1973 (Super Bowl VII): Won 14-7 over the
1974 (Super Bowl VIII): Won 24-7 over the
1983 (Super Bowl XVII): Lost 27-17 to the Washington
1985 (Super Bowl XIX): Lost 38-16 to the San Francisco
Hall of Famers:
Nick Buoniconti, Linebacker (1969-1976)
Larry Csonka, Running Back (1968-1974, 1979)
Bob Griese, Quarterback (1968-1980)
Jim Langer, Center (1970-1979)
Larry Little, Guard (1969-1980)
Dan Marino, Quarterback (1983-1999)
Don Shula, Head Coach (1970-1995)
Dwight Stephenson, Center (1980-1987)
Paul Warfield, Wide Receiver (1970-1974)
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