This is my all-time Dolphins lineup. Some positions it was very easy and some I had to debate myself on. Read and enjoy.
COACH – Don Shula (1970-1995)
Shula turned a struggling Dolphins’ team into the only undefeated team in NFL history. He took the Phins to four Super Bowls and victories in two (Super Bowl VII and VIII). He is the winningest coach in NFL history with a 347-173-6 record.
QB – Dan Marino (1983-1999)
Marino is one of the most prolific passers in NFL history. Held almost every major record until Favre, Brady, and Manning took a few.
RESERVE: Bob Griese (1967-1980)
HB – Mercury Morris (1969-1976)
Morris was a speed back who rushed for 1000 yards in the 1972 season. He and Larry Csonka became the first RB duo to both run for over 1000 yards in a season in 1972.
RESERVE: Jim Kiick (1968-1974)
FB – Larry Csonka (1968-1974, 1979)
Csonka was one of the all-time great “bruising” running backs. He led the Dolphins in rushing in the 1972 season and was the key part of the “ground-control” style that the Phins used.
RESERVE: Keith Byars (1993-1996)
WR – Paul Warfield (1970-1974)
A small, but quick and graceful receiver, Warfield was one of the great receivers of the 1970s. He was a deep ball threat on every play.
RESERVE: Mark “Super” Duper (1982-1992)
WR – Mark Clayton (1983-1992)
Clayton was the primary target of Marino and they were one of the all-time great QB-WR tandems in NFL history.
RESERVE: Nat Moore (1974-1986)
TE – Keith Jackson (1992-1994)
Jackson only played three seasons with the Dolphins, but his average receiving yards and TDs outnumber any Dolphins TE.
RESERVE: Bruce Hardy (1978-1989)
OT – Richmond Webb (1990-2000)
Recognized as one of the best linemen of the 1990s, Webb never missed a start between 1992 and 1997 which is a Dolphins’ record. He also holds the team record with seven consecutive Pro Bowl appearances.
RESERVE: Wayne Moore (1970-1978)
OT – Norm Evans (1966-1975)
Evans was drafted by the Dolphins before the Don Shula era and played on the 1972 undefeated team.
RESERVE: Jon Giesler (1979-1988)
OG – Larry Little (1969-1980)
Little was part of the powerful offensive line that paved the way for Csonka, Kiick, and Morris in the 1972 season.
RESERVE: Keith Sims (1990-1997)
OG – Bob Kuechenberg (1970-1984)
Kuechenberg played opposite of Little in 1972 and was a key member of the powerful ‘72 offensive line.
RESERVE: Roy Foster (1982-1990)
C – Dwight Stephenson (1980-1987)
A small, but quick and powerful blocker, Stephenson is recognized as one of the all-time great athletes. Paul “Bear” Bryant, Stephenson’s coach at Alabama, called him the best player he ever coached, regardless of position.
RESERVE: Jim Langer (1970-1979)
DE – Jason Taylor (1997-2007)
Taylor is the all-time Dolphin leader in sacks and has been one of the most dominant players at the position this decade.
RESERVE: Vern Den Herder (1971-1982)
DE – Bill Stanfill (1969-1976)
Stanfill was the all-time sack leader until Taylor broke the record. He was a huge star in college and was a dominant pass rusher for the Phins in the 1970s.
RESERVE: Kim Bokamper (1977-1985)
DT – Manny Fernandez (1968-1975)
Fernandez had one of the most dominant performances by a defensive player ever in Super Bowl VII with 17 tackles and one sack. One of the best pass rushing tackles in NFL history.
RESERVE: Tim Bowens (1994-2004)
DT – Bob Baumhower (1977-1986)
Baumhower was a part of the Dolphins’ “Killer Bee” defense of the 1980s and was a dominant defensive lineman for the Phins.
RESERVE: Daryl Gardener (1996-2001)
LB – Nick Buoniconti (1969-1976)
Buoniconti was a star on the Dolphins’ “No Name Defense” in the 1972 season. Undersized for a LB, Buoniconti was a dominant force in the 1960s and 1970s.
RESERVE: John Offerdahl (1986-1993)
LB – Zach Tomas (1996-2007)
Thomas is one of the most underrated LBs in the NFL. He doesn’t have the same recognition as Ray Lewis or Brian Urlacher; he has the ability to find the ball-carrier and is one the active tackling leaders.
RESERVE: A.J. Duhe (1977-1984)
LB – Bryan Cox (1991-1995)
A great linebacker for the Dolphins in the early ‘90s, Cox is probably most famous for flipping off Buffalo Bills fans in 1993.
RESERVE: Bob Brudzinski (1981-1989)
CB – Sam Madison (1997-2005)
Madison was a great shutdown corner for the Phins in the late 90s and early 2000s. He was part of the Giants’ Super Bowl team last year, but his best years were spent with the Phins
RESERVE: Troy Vincent (1992-1995)
CB – Patrick Surtain (1998-2004)
Surtain is also a current NFL player/former Dolphin that had success playing opposite of Madison for the Dolphins. They made one of the best CB duos when they played together.
RESERVE: Curtis Johnson (1970-1978)
S – Jake Scott (1970-1975)
Scott was the Super Bowl VII MVP for the Phins with two interceptions including one in the fourth quarter.
RESERVE: Louis Oliver
S – Dick Anderson (1968-1977)
Anderson was the other safety for the Dolphins in the 1972 season and is the only defensive back inducted to the Dolphins Honor Roll.
RESERVE: Glenn Blackwood
K – Garo Yepremian (1970-1978)
Yepremian was a soccer style kicker for the Phins in the 1970s and was famous for almost blowing Super Bowl VII. He picked up a blocked kick and tried to throw it. The ball slipped out of his hand and was returned for a Redskin’s TD. Despite the near tainting of the Perfect Season, Yepremian was one of the best kickers in the 1970s.
RESERVE: Olindo Mare (1997-2006)
P – Reggie Roby (1983-1992)
Roby was a great athlete who played punter and his two-step method is still used by punters today.
RESERVE: Larry Seiple (1967-1977)
ST – Jim Jensen (1981-1992)
Nicknamed “Crash” for his reckless special teams play-style, he was a QB, RB, FB, WR, TE, and KR for the Phins.