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 2019 season.

Note: Football lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.
A First Round pick from Pittsburgh, Dan Marino would win the starting Quarterback job during his rookie season in 1983.  He was an All-Rookie and Pro Bowl selection, but that was just the beginning of what would become one of the most phenomenal careers ever by a Quarterback.
A two-time All-MAC player at Akron, Jason Taylor was a Third Round pick in 1997, where he was an All-Rookie player.  That first year was a good start for a Defensive End who would become a great player.
Zach Thomas came to the Miami Dolphins as a fifth round pick from Texas Tech, and he would prove to be the most dynamic defensive player that Miami ever had. 
Following the merger of the NFL and AFL, Bob Griese was the first pick (4th Overall) by the Miami Dolphins, and he was one of the first pieces on what would become an eventual powerhouse.
Jim Langer went undrafted in 1970 after a college career at South Dakota State, and after a failed attempt to make the Cleveland Browns, he found a home with the Miami Dolphins.  After a pair of non-descript seasons, Langer was about to rise to the top of the food chain of NFL Centers quickly.
After two unremarkable seasons as a backup Guard with the San Diego Chargers, Larry Little was traded to the Miami Dolphins for Mack Lamb.  Little was not thrilled as the Dolphins were not particularly good at the time, but that feeling would quickly change as Miami was building something special.  As for the Chargers, Lamb never played for them.  We…
With the ninth overall pick in the 1990 Draft, the Miami Dolphins chose the hulking Richmond Webb with the purpose of protecting Dan Marino’s left side.  The former Texas A&M Aggie did just that.
Dwight Stephenson played mostly on Special Teams in his first two seasons in the NFL after being chosen from Alabama in the second round of the 1980 draft, but by 1982 he was ready to become one of the best Centers in the game.
Larry Csonka was the first Back drafted in 1968, but the first two seasons were a struggle due to poor play and injuries.  While the start would not be great, the arrival of Don Shula in 1970 changed all of that.
Bob Baumhower played the entirety of his pro career with the Miami Dolphins, and he was, without a doubt, one of the greatest defensive players in franchise history.
Looking like a grizzled vet long before he became one, Bob Kuechenberg had a strange start in his NFL career.  The product of Notre Dame was taken in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles, but he quit during training camp and played semi-pro for a year.  The Dolphins signed him in 1970, and he would find a home in…
Cameron Wake had a good career at Penn State, but he went undrafted in 2005.  He received a tryout with the New York Giants but was unable to make the team.  Rather than give up, Wake found work in the Canadian Football League with the BC Lions, where he was a two-time All-Star and two-time Most Outstanding Defensive Player in…
Dan Marino was a superstar Quarterback, and he would have some high-profile weapons at his disposal, but none were better than Mark Clayton.
Jake Scott left the University of Georgia after his sophomore year to play in the Canadian Football League, which was only meant to be for one year until he was eligible for the NFL Draft.  After his year with the BC Lions, Scott was chosen by the Miami Dolphins with their seventh round pick in 1970.
Sam Madison arrived as a second round pick from Louisville in 1997, and by the next season, he was their starting Right Cornerback.
Dick Anderson played his entire pro career with the Miami Dolphins, and it did not take long for the Strong Safety to prove his worth after being taken in the third round in 1968.
After being drafted from Northwestern State in the Second Round in 1982, Mark Duper only saw action in two Games as a rookie, but this would change when Dan Marino emerged as the Dolphins’ Quarterback.

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When Bill Stanfill played at the University of Georgia, he helped the Bulldogs win the Cotton Bowl, and as a Senior he was an All-American and the winner of the Outland Trophy as the top interior lineman in college football.  The Miami Dolphins would land him with the 11th Overall Pick in 1969, and Stanfill would be a part of…
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.