When the American Football League wanted an expansion team, Joseph Robbie and Danny Thomas jumped at the chance.
A contest was held in 1966 to choose the name of the team, with the “Dolphins” as the overwhelming favorite.
The Miami Dolphins have mostly been known for their glory years in the 1970s and 1980s, and the Dolphins are the only team to have ever completed a perfect season (1972).
Currently, the organization is actively rebuilding to make the team more competitive in the AFC East.
Team Management and Roster for the Miami Dolphins
Stephen Ross is the owner of the team, and he has brought in Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams as minority owners.
When Ross hired Brian Flores as the new Head Coach in 2019, Flores did the best with the team he had, winning five games. In 2020, he’ll look to improve upon that record.
Chan Gailey will serve as the Offensive Coordinator, and Josh Boyer was hired as the Defensive Coordinator in January 2020.
For the current team roster, the Dolphins drafted Tua Tagovailoa in Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft because of the spark he provided on the field at the University of Alabama. In three years, he threw 87 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions.
But Tagovailoa also suffered a devastating hip injury in college, and the Dolphins will ease him into a starting role.
Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is projected to be the starting quarterback for most of the season. Josh Rosen is also on the roster.
At running back, Jordan Howard is expected to lead the backfield in touches. In 10 games with the Philadelphia Eagles last season, Howard rushed for 525 yards and scored six rushing touchdowns.
Matt Breida will also see playing time and is expected to be utilized as a pass-catching back.
At receiver, DeVante Parker will be leaned on heavily. Last season was the best of his career – he recorded 1,202 receiving yards and hauled in 9 touchdowns.
Behind Parker will be receivers Isaiah Ford, Preston Williams, Chester Rogers, Jakeem Grant, and Gary Jennings.
Tight end Mike Gesicki had a nice bump in production in 2019, and many are expecting another leap forward for the 24-year old tight end in 2020.
Shaq Lawson, Christian Wilkins, Kyle Van Noy, and Byron Jones will be the leaders on defense.
Super Bowl Championships
From 1971-1984, under former Head Coach Don Shula, the Dolphins appeared in five Super Bowls.
The Dolphins lost to the Dallas Cowboys in 1971, but the team won back-to-back championships with victories in 1972 and 1973.
Miami battled with Washington in the 1982 Super Bowl and the San Francisco 49ers in the 1984 Super Bowl, but the Dolphins were unable to win either matchup.
Famous Players From the Miami Dolphins
The most famous player in franchise history for Miami is Dan Marino.
The legendary quarterback led the NFL in passing yards five times, led the league in touchdowns three times, and he was selected to the Pro Bowl nine times.
But he has also been very active off the field. He started the Dan Marino Foundation in 1992, co-owned a NASCAR racing team in 1998, an appeared in two movies: Ace Venture: Pet Detective and the Adam Sandler film Little Nicky.
Marino also was in advertising campaigns for NutriSystem, Hooters, and Papa John’s.
Jason Taylor, Bob Griese, and Cameron Wake are also well-known players from their days with the Dolphins.
Odds for the Miami Dolphins to Win the Super Bowl
Miami is not expected to get very far this season.
The odds of the Dolphins winning a Super Bowl are +8000, according to FanDuel. In comparison, the odds for the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs to win are +650.
In Week 1 against the New England Patriots, the Patriots are favorites (-6.5) to win.