Top 50 Miami Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins entered the world of Pro Football in 1966 when they joined the AFL.  Once the leagues merged, the Dolphins emerged as one of the first elite powers of the conference in the early 70s, something that seemed incomprehensible based on their early struggles.

The Dolphins went to Super Bowl VI, losing to Dallas, but they would then put forth an undefeated season in 1972 and would win Super Bowl VII, which to date is the only time a team has gone an entire year without a loss.  The Dolphins repeated as Super Bowl Champions the following year.

That was the last Super Bowl win for the Dolphins, but they did appear in the big game twice in the 1980s.


This list is up to the end of the 2020 season.

Note: Football lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.
Ed Newman had to be thrilled when he was drafted by the Super Bowl VII Champions, the Miami Dolphins.  The sixth rounder from Duke did not play that much as a rookie, but he was a member of the Super Bowl VIII winning team.
While it might be easy to label Nat Moore as an offensive compiler, let’s just say that he compiled a lot!
John Offerdahl was the MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 1985, and it allowed the Western Michigan Bronco to receive attention in the 1986 NFL Draft.
After a spectacular seven-year run with the Boston Patriots where he was a four-time First Team All-Pro, Nick Buoniconti was traded to the Miami Dolphins after the 1968 season.
Jim Kiick may not have been a Hall of Famer like his fellow Back and teammate, Larry Csonka, but he brought an excellent set of skills to the Miami Dolphins after arriving as a sixth rounder from Wyoming in 1968.
Playing the first eight of his eleven seasons in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, Keith Sims started the majority of his games for the franchise at Left Guard once arriving in 1990 via the draft.
Garo Yepremian was from Cyprus, and after having his soccer scholarship voided at Indiana when it was learned that he played semi-pro in England.  He would make the bold choice to pursue a career as a Kicker in the NFL.
The Miami Dolphins were loaded at the Back position with Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick, but they had another considerable weapon with Eugene "Mercury" Morris.
Doug Betters might have been the hardest players for us to rank.
Patrick Surtain was a Second Round Selection from Southern Mississippi but would be used mostly off of the bench in his first two seasons.
The Miami Dolphins had the 1stOverall Pick in 2008, and they chose Jake Long, the two-time All-American Offensive Lineman from Michigan.
Bryan Cox had an excellent start for a Fifth Round pick, as Linebacker from Western Illinois was a starter as a rookie in 1991.
After a year with the Houston Oilers, Norm Evans was chosen by the Miami Dolphins in the Expansion Draft, and this would be the team he played for the next ten seasons.
It took until this rank before we find a Miami Dolphin who was never an AFL All-Star/Pro Bowl Selection, but that does not mean that Vern Den Herder was not a strong contributor to the team.
There is so much to digest when looking at the career of Ricky Williams, and that was before he got to Miami!
Tim Bowens played his entire career with the Miami Dolphins, and the former Ole Miss Rebel got off to a great start winning the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1994.
A National Champion with Alabama in 1978, Tony Nathan was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the Third Round the year after.
Tim Ruddy played his college ball at Notre Dame, and the Miami Dolphins used their Second Round Pick to select him in 1994.

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The twin brother of Maurkice Pouncey was also an NFL Center, and while he did not become an All-Decade team member, he was a very good player in his own right.