Greatest Miami Dolphins

From Marino to Griese, Csonka to Taylor and Thomas, these are the best Dolphins players of all-time.

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The Dolphins have had plenty of great players in their 40-plus year history, but none were better than #13. Dan Marino started six games into his 1983 rookie season and never looked back. He's been league MVP, took the Fins to the Super Bowl, and owns or has owned every major passing NFL passing record. His career lasted 16 years, and got him elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.
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Big Larry Csonka can sit with the likes of Joe Namath; after all, he's in the Hall of Fame, too. Zonk crushed through opposing defenses, carrying the ball 1,891 times for 8,081 yards and 64 touchdowns in a career that earned him 5 Pro Bowl nods. He still holds franchise records for rushing yards and touchdowns; won two Super Bowls; and helped the '72 team to a perfect season.
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If Marino is the the greatest Dolphins QB, Bob Griese ranks a close second -- in nearly every team throwing category as well. Called the "cornerstone of the franchise" by former owner Joe Robbie, Griese manned the Dolphins offense from 1967 to 1980, won Super Bowls VII and VIII, played in six Pro Bowls, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990.
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Nick Buoniconti joined the Dolphins in 1969 and became one of the most skilled middle linebackers of his time. He made the Pro Bowl in '72 and '73, was named All-AFC in '72, and got the nod for team MVP three times ('69, '70, and '73). He helped the Fins to 3 consecutive Super Bowl appearances, and in 2001 was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
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Larry Little was a staple of the Dolphins running game throughout the 1970s. He was named an AFL All-star in 1969, and made the Pro Bowl four times (1971, 1972, 1973,1974). In 1999, he was ranked number 79 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, and in 1993 was invited to Canton.
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Dwight Stephenson was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft after a stellar career at the University of Alabama, where he was a part of back-to-back national championship teams in 1978 and 1979.nStephenson played in 114 games for the Dolphins, mostly at center, winning NFL Man of the Year in 1985 and appearing in five Pro Bowl games. After he retired in 1987, Stephenson was added to the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll and became a Pro Football Hall of Famer in 1998.
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Nat Moore is known as much for his work off the field as what he did on it, but the former Dolphins receiver had a heck of a career. The Florida native was named the NFL's Man of the Year in 1984, and his famous "Helicopter Catch" against the Giants is still seen in countless NFL highlight videos. He sits 3rd on the Fins' all-time list in receptions and receiving yards, and 2nd in receiving TDs with 74.
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Mark Clayton joined the Dolphins in '83 and helped some guy named Marino become Marino. He was a five-time Pro Bowler, and is still the team's the all-time team leader in receptions (550) and receiving touchdowns (81). It took Jerry Rice to break his 1984 single season record of 18 TD catches -- but Clayton's still tied for the 3rd highest total in NFL history.
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If Mark Clayton was the favorite target of Marino, a close second would be Mark Duper, who formed the other half of the famous 1980s receiving duo called "The Marks Brothers." "Super" Duper holds the team record for career receiving yards (8,869), and was a three-time Pro Bowler in his 11-year career.
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Clayton, Marino, and Duper might not have been Clayton, Marino, and Duper without big daddy Don Shula, who led the team to two Super Bowls over a 25-year stint as head coach. He currently holds the NFL record for most career wins with 347, and had only had two losing seasons in his 32-year career.
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Zach Thomas started off with a bang, being named a Pro Bowl alternate and All-Rookie selection in 1996; by '99, he was the leader of one of the best defenses in the NFL. In 12 years with the team, Thomas' record was remarkable: 7 Pro Bowls and over 1,600 tackles in 168 games -- more than any linebacker in the Hall of Fame.
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Since being drafted by the Fins in '97, sack-happy linebacker Jason Taylor has been to six Pro Bowls and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. His on-field performance and locker room leadership have made him one of the most popular Dolphins ever -- and being really, really, really ridiculously good-looking doesn't hurt, either. Taylor was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.
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