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18. Paul Warfield

Many in Cleveland were stunned when they traded Wide Receiver, Paul Warfield to the Miami Dolphins after the 1969 season.  As a rookie in 1964, he helped Cleveland win the NFL Championship, and he was coming off two straight Pro Bowl appearances.  The Browns got the third overall pick in the deal, which they used on Purdue Quarterback, Mike Phipps, who did play for 12 years, but is considered to be unremarkable.  As for Warfield, he was about the have the most productive stint of his NFL career.

Warfield was with the Dolphins for five years and was a Pro Bowl Selection for all of them, and a First Team All-Pro twice.  While Miami was built on defense, he was a potent weapon for their Quarterback, Bob Griese, and the big play guy they needed.  He led the NFL in Touchdown Passes (11) in 1971, and he helped them win the Super Bowl that year, and the two after, which were the two they won.  Warfield never had a year as a Dolphin, where we had an Approximate Value less than 11, with him leading the league with 19 in '71.  He would also have 717 Yards in 11 Playoff Games for Miami.

In 1975, he and his teammate, Larry Csonka left Miami for the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League.  When that league folded, he rejoined the Cleveland Browns for two years before retiring. 

For his combined efforts as a Brown and Dolphin, Warfield would enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983, and was part of the first group inducted to the Dolphins' Honor Roll.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Acquired: Traded from the Cleveland Browns for Miami’s 1st Round 1970 Pick (which would be Mike Phipps) before the 1980 Season.
  • Departed: Signed with the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League before the 1975 Season.
  • Games Played: 60
  • Notable Statistics:

    59 Games Started
    156 Receptions
    3,355 Receiving Yards
    33 Receiving Touchdowns
    16 Rushing Attempts
    166 Rushing Yards
    63 Approximate Value

    11 Playoff Games
    34 Receptions
    717 Receiving Yards
    4 Receiving Touchdowns
    4 Rushing Attempts
    34 Rushing Yards

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (VII & VIII)
    First Team All-Pro (1971 & 1973)
    Second Team All-Pro (1972)
    Pro Bowl (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 & 1974)
    Most Touchdown Receptions (1971)

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