The team is headquartered at the Miami Dolphins Training Facility in Davie, Florida and belongs to the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The team's logo is a bottlenose Dolphin wearing a white helmet with an orange M leaping against an orange sun. Its colors are Aqua, Orange and White. The tea has two Super Bowl championships to its credit that in 1972 and 1973.
Miami joined the American Football League (AFL) when an expansion team franchise was awarded to lawyer Joseph Robbie and actor Danny Thomas in 1965. A contest was held in 1965 to find the name of the new Miami franchise for the American Football League. A dozen of names considered included the Mariners, Marauders, Mustangs, Missiles, Moons, Sharks, and Suns. But the name that clicked the jury was '' Dolphins''. "The dolphin is one of the fastest and smartest creatures of the sea," Joe Robbie said in announcing the team name on October 8, 1965. The Dolphins are the oldest major-league professional sports franchise in the state of Florida
The Miami Dolphins had its first Super Bowl appearance following the 1971 season in Super Bowl VI, but lost to the Dallas Cowboys. But the team made history in 1972 when it became the only undefeated team in league history. They completed the NFL's first perfect season culminating in a Super Bowl win, winning all 14 regular season games, two playoff games and Super Bowl VII. To date, they are the only team to have done so. The 1972 Dolphins held the fourth perfect regular season in NFL history. The team also won Super Bowl VIII, becoming the first team to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls, and the second team (first AFL/AFC team) to win back-to-back championships. 1972 still remains as their best season.
The Miami Dolphins is one of the more popular teams in the NFL and their fan base crosses the countries. One thing that has made the Miami Dolphins very popular is their players and coaches they have had through the years. One of the most popular coaches they have had is Don Shula, the most successful head coach in professional football history. He was named 1993 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated. He currently holds the NFL record for most career wins with 347. For most of their history, the Dolphins were coached by him. In Shula's 33 years as coach, he collects a record of 347-173-6. Currently Tony Sparano is coaching the team.
During the 1980s and 1990s quarterback Dan Marino became the most prolific passer in NFL history, breaking numerous league passing records. He led the Dolphins to numerous playoff appearances and Super Bowl XIX. He has retired in 1999, but his popularity has never waned and it continues until today.
The Miami Dolphins is one of the few teams that can claim a perfect season. The quarterback spot on the Miami Dolphins has also been a very popular spot and two players quickly come to mind of most Miami Dolphin fans. Bob Griese and Dan Marino are guys that everyone in the NFL has respect for and know when the name is mention.
The Miami Dolphins have done well in Super Bowls, but it has been awhile since the Dolphins have had the success they seen in the seventies. Miami Dolphin fans are hoping things are going to change around soon as they don't like losing seasons and not making the playoffs. In recent years, the Dolphins have struggled to get good coaches and players to stay and build the organization. This has caused the team to lose many games.
The Miami Dolphins are now in rebuilding mode and it looks for the Miami Dolphin fans it could be that way for a number of years now. A new coach (Tony Sparano) was brought in and hopefully he can turn around the Miami Dolphins and make the Miami Dolphins fans happy again. It would be interesting to see what the future holds for the Miami Dolphins and how long it takes them to turn it around and become a winner again. But tracking their past, one thing is must that the Miami Dolphins always draw well and continue to do so.
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