Last Sunday wasn’t just a good day for the Miami Dolphins because they beat the Buffalo Bills 21-17 in front of a home crowd of more than 65,000 in Hard Rock Stadium.
It was also a great day for honoring some of their best! Six former players were placed in the Miami Dolphins Walk of Fame during a pregame ceremony in the Joe Robbie Alumni Plaza at the stadium and also during a halftime ceremony on the field as well.
The six honorees included Jason Taylor, Mark Duper, Mark Clayton, John Offerdahl, Jon Giesler and Dick Anderson.
Altogether this Walk of Fame Class combined to earn 22 Pro Bowl selections, seven first team All Pro nods, participated in nine AFC Championship games and won two Super Bowl Titles. All of them were selected to the Dolphins’
silver anniversary team in 1990 or to the 50th season alltime team in 2015.
Nat Moore, Dolphins Senior Vice President for Special Projects and Alumni Relations and Advisor to the CEO, said this induction speaks volumes. “That’s a lot of football and a lot of great football when you look at those accomplishments,” said Moore. “It speaks of the greatness of these guys and what they mean to the franchise.”
Perhaps the most decorated as of late is Jason Taylor, who was enshrined into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio last year. He played 13 seasons with the Dolphins and won many accomplishments both around the league and with the Dolphins. He was also NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 and won top honors off the field as well.
Taylor says he is so grateful and touched by the Dolphins’ Walk of Fame honor. “I’m standing here with my hero! I wish I could’ve played with Dan Marino. I’m like a little kid standing here right now! Your legacy lives on here at the stadium with this honor. It’s flattering and it’s humbling,” he said just after the ceremony.
Offerdahl too, said it represents his legacy for his family.
“It gives me an opportunity to be grateful and thankful because they’ve memorialized my career. Hopefully I’ll bring my kids back here and they won’t stomp all over it,” he exclaimed with laughter.
Each honoree got to unveil their placard which is etched in granite on the ground at the foot of the Joe Robbie statue.
The men were named at a ceremony in July by Nat Moore.