May 24, 2016
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed wide receiver Leonte Carroo (third round/86th overall) and tight end Thomas Duarte (seventh round/231st overall), both selected in the 2016 NFL draft.
Carroo earned four letters (2012-15) and started two seasons at Rutgers. He played in 44 career games with 22 starts and left the school as the all-time leader with 29 receiving touchdowns. During his career, Carroo caught 122 passes for 2,373 yards (19.5 avg.). He led the team with 39 receptions for 809 yards (20.7 avg.) and 10 touchdowns despite playing just eight games as a senior in 2015 and earned the Homer Hazel Trophy as the team’s most valuable player. He was also named third-team All-Big Ten.
Duarte was a three-year letterman (2013-15) and two-year starter at UCLA, where he played in 38 career games and made 22 starts. He recorded career totals of 97 receptions for 1,626 yards (16.8 avg.) and 17 touchdowns and ranks No. 17 in school history in career receiving yards. Duarte earned second-team All-Pac 12 honors as a junior in 2015 after he totaled 53 receptions for 872 yards (16.5 avg.) and 10 touchdowns. The 10 touchdowns ranked No. 4 in all-time single-season school history.
May 24, 2016
The NFL Officially Awards Super Bowl LIV in 2020 to Miami/South Florida, Committee To Move Forward With Proposed Plans for Hosting The Super Bowl for a Record-Breaking 11th Time
The Game Will Include Exciting Features Such As Super Bowl Park with Tailgate Town, Floating Chalets and More…
MIAMI, FL – The NFL has awarded Super Bowl LIV to South Florida in 2020. The announcement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came during the NFL’s Spring League Meeting in Charlotte. The Miami Super Bowl Host Committee now begins moving forward with proposed plans to host the NFL’s Championship Game a record-breaking 11th time.
The game will be held at the newly revamped Dolphins’ stadium, which features an extensively modernized exterior, shade canopy, four high-definition scoreboards and countless other enhancements, a result of the Miami Dolphins’ more than $450 million privately funded renovation.
Super Bowl Park and the NFL Experience will be hosted in Miami, showcasing its vibrant waterfront, and offering easy accessibility for legions of guests, media and fans from throughout South Florida. Renderings of the proposed park include a Tailgate Town, floating chalets on Biscayne Bay, and a zipline with skyline views of Downtown Miami.
“I can’t think of a better place to host the Super Bowl than right here in our world-class community,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said. “Miami has hosted more Super Bowls than any other city, and it’s clear why. This is the place to live, work and play, and hosting the Super Bowl at Dolphins’ stadium once again serves as further evidence that Miami is a major event community.”
First chosen as a finalist in 2015, this week South Florida competed against Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa and Los Angeles to secure the big game. Tuesday’s presentation was the final hurdle in the Bid Committee’s year-long effort to bring the Super Bowl back to Miami after nearly a decade. The Bid was presented by Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer and Super Bowl VIII MVP Larry Csonka. Team Owner Stephen Ross then spoke separately to owners to share about his newly renovated stadium and the region’s many positives, as did owners for competing cities. Immediately following, the 32 NFL owners’ votes were tallied, with Commissioner Goodell announcing the winning cities live on the NFL Network from the Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte, NC.
“We were confident. It was definitely our most competitive bid ever,” said Rodney Barreto, Chairman of the Super Bowl Host Committee. He counts off: “A $450-million-plus enhancement to Dolphins’ stadium. A budget of cash and incentives valued at more than $40 million. A warm weather destination that always delivers. Always. We are truly thankful to Mr. Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins, for all his support and assistance throughout this process.”
About The Miami Super Bowl Host Committee
The South Florida Super Bowl Bid Committee is comprised of talented community leaders who, for more than a quarter century, have worked with both the public and private sector to bring the Super Bowl and its significant economic benefits and media exposure to South Florida. In 2010, South Florida hosted a record-breaking 10th Super Bowl, and for the first time in more than 30 years, also hosted the 2010 Pro Bowl. Both games were considered hugely successful for the NFL and the South Florida community. At the NFL owners meeting in May, Miami was awarded Super Bowl 54, a record-breaking eleventh Super Bowl for the region. For additional information, visit SFLsuperbowl.com.
May 21, 2016
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Miami Dolphins Foundation Hosts Successful 20th Annual Fins Weekend
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins Foundation hosted a successful 20th annual Fins Weekend. Proceeds from the event weekend, through the educational pillar of Miami Dolphins Foundation, benefit City Year Miami, an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students on track to graduate. This marks the second year of this impactful relationship, sponsoring City Year programs at Miami Carol City and Miami Norland Senior High Schools.
The festivities began early Friday morning with the golf tournament at Crandon Golf in Key Biscayne. A sold-out field of more than 36 foursomes had the opportunity to golf with a Miami Dolphins current or former player. First place went to the team of City National, with Jorge Martinez, John Costa, Wade Helms and Miami Dolphins alumnus Lousaka Polite. The play was followed by an Awards & Luncheon presented by Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute at Baptist Health South Florida.
After the golf tournament, participants took part in the Hook & Tackle Captain’s Party presented by South Florida Ford at the Miami Beach Marina. Guests gathered inside a tent at the Miami Beach Marina to revel in music, local food vendors and the year’s largest gathering of players, coaches, alumni and cheerleaders.
“For two decades, Fins Weekend has been a staple in South Florida, bringing together players, coaches, cheerleaders and the community to benefit a greater cause,” Fins Weekend Committee Chair Jeff Peck said. “We look forward to many more decades of making a true impact in education that stays right here in South Florida.”
Saturday morning, a total of 50 boats participated in the Fins Weekend Fishing Tournament, where Never Done (Dany Ayo, Marcus Bach-Armas, Jason Robinson and junior angler J.J. Rodriguez) took home first prize with an overall combined weight of 117.7 pounds (3 kingfish & 2 tuna). The quartet won a spot on the team charter on a Miami Dolphins away trip. The tournament was followed by the weigh-in presented by Hooters South Florida and Fishing Awards Ceremony and Live Auction presented by Seaboard Marine.
“The Miami Dolphins Foundation is proud to raise awareness and deliver much needed resources that directly benefit education and change lives in our community,” Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications & Community Affairs Jason Jenkins said. “Our partnership with City Year Miami invests in a younger generation to ensure they have the opportunity to recognize its potential, all the while hosting an event that creates lasting memories with our players, coaches, alumni, partners and community.”
“The partnership with the Miami Dolphins is transformational. Powered by the incredible events of Fins Weekend, the Dolphins are making an investment in the future success of many of the at-risk youth in our community,” City Year Miami Executive Director & Vice President Keith Fletcher said. “Modeled by the ‘all-in’ approach of Fins Weekend — where you see players, alumni, coaches and executives participating — the partnership with City Year is an all-in, all-year investment that goes beyond writing a check. That speaks volumes about the authenticity of the entire Dolphins organization and its commitment to our community.”
May 20, 2016
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FINS WEEKEND GOLF TOURNAMENT AT CRANDON GOLF AT KEY BISCAYNE WINNERS
MIAMI, FL – The Miami Dolphins Foundation today kicked off its 20th Fins Weekend, featuring fun-filled events geared towards impacting the South Florida community. Proceeds from the multi-day event, through the educational pillar of Miami Dolphins Foundation, benefit City Year Miami, an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to keep students on track to graduate. In 2016, the Foundation sponsors City Year programs at Miami Carol City and Miami Norland Senior High Schools.
Earlier today, Dolphins coaches, players and alumni played in the Fins Weekend Golf Tournament at Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne. After hitting the links, golfers were treated to an Awards & Luncheon presented by Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute at Baptist Health South Florida.
“Today’s tournament was a resounding success with more than 36 foursomes participating, and we are delighted to raise money for City Year Miami and all they do to support students in our community,” Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Special Projects & Alumni Relations Nat Moore said.
After the tournament, participants will attend the popular Hook & Tackle Captains’ Party presented by South Florida Ford at the Miami Beach Marina. Events continue tomorrow morning with the Fins Weekend Fishing Tournament, Weigh-in presented by Hooters South Florida and Fishing Awards Ceremony & Live Auction presented by Seaboard Marine at the Miami Beach Marina.
2016 Fins Weekend Golf Tournament Winners
1st Place Shamble – City National: Jorge Martinez, John Costa, Wade Helms, Lousaka Polite
2nd Place Shamble – South Florida Ford: Victor Benitez, Ary Velasco Sr., Ary Velasco Jr., Zach Vigil
3rd Place Shamble – Pepsi: Tom Shull, Sean Marlow, Chris Petrocco, Todd Kline
Closest to the Pin – John Denney (Celebrity), Cindy Delano (Women), John Fowler (Senior), Tery Lisle (Men)
Longest Drive – Cindy Delano (Women), Troy Drayton (Celebrity), Wade Helms (Senior), Rich Pellar (Amateur)
May 19, 2016
Dolphins Return to Miami’s Sportsradio 560 WQAM with Long-Term Radio Partnership
Miami, FL – The Miami Dolphins and Miami’s Sportsradio 560 WQAM today announced they have entered into a long-term partnership with the station becoming the official flagship radio partner of the franchise. The Dolphins previously had their games broadcast on Miami’s Sportsradio 560 WQAM during the 1997-2004 and 2007-09 seasons. In addition, all Dolphins games will be simulcast on Kiss 99.9 “South Florida’s NEW Country” and feature expanded pre, halftime and postgame shows.
“We are excited that we reached this agreement to return home to Miami’s Sportsradio 560 WQAM,” Miami Dolphins President & CEO Tom Garfinkel said. “This expansive and exclusive programming throughout the week and on game day will greatly benefit fans that have a desire to consume Dolphins content on multiple outlets in partnership with CBS RADIO.”
“We have rich broadcast history with the Miami Dolphins and are proud that the team is returning to Sportsradio 560 WQAM,” CBS RADIO President Andre Fernandez said. “This further demonstrates our strong and steadfast commitment to the sports radio format, and making continued moves in delivering extensive and exclusive programming on our stations. We are excited to bring premier content to our loyal fans and listeners on Sportsradio 560 WQAM and Kiss 99.9.”
As part of the agreement, Sportsradio 560 WQAM will have the radio broadcast rights for all preseason, regular season and playoff games. Dolphins fans who tune into Miami’s Sportsradio 560 WQAM will have the opportunity to listen to live broadcasts of Head Coach Adam Gase’s day-after game press conferences and “Dolphins Friday,” a day of Dolphins’ centric-content on the station featuring interviews with players, coaches, and team executives. Additionally, CBS RADIO Miami will promote Dolphins community and foundation initiatives across multiple platforms.
About the Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins, owned by Chair of the Board & Managing General Partner Stephen M. Ross, play in the AFC Eastern Division of the National Football League. The organization has played in five Super Bowls, winning championships following the 1972 (VII) and 1973 (VIII) seasons. The franchise also has won five conference championships and 13 division championships. It is the oldest continuous major-league professional sports franchise in the state of Florida. For more information, visit the organization’s website at dolphins.com.
ABOUT CBS RADIO MIAMI
CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States, owns and operates WQAM-AM (Sports Radio 560), WPOW-FM (Power 96), and WKIS-FM (Kiss Country) in Miami. A division of the CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 117 radio stations in 26 markets, including the top 10 as ranked by Nielsen Audio – as well as an extensive array of digital assets.
May 18, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN HOWARD
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed cornerback Xavien Howard, the team’s second-round draft selection.
Howard was a three-year letterman (2013-15) and two-year starter at Baylor, where he played in 39 career games and made 26 starts. He totaled 98 tackles (84 solo), 1.5 sacks, 10 interceptions and 33 passes defensed in his career and was part of a Baylor program during its most successful four-year span in school history. He earned consensus first-team All-Big 12 honors as a junior in 2015, recording 42 tackles (37 solo), five interceptions and 15 passes defensed. Howard is a native of Houston.
May 16, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN JONES
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed defensive end Jason Jones.
Jones played the past three seasons (2013-15) with the Detroit Lions where he started 34 games despite missing most of the 2013 season due to injury. In 2015, Jones started 15 contests and totaled 31 tackles (27 solo) and 4.5 sacks with seven tackles for loss.
Jones originally entered the NFL as a second-round (54th overall) selection by the Tennessee Titans in the 2008 NFL draft. He played four seasons for Tennessee (2008-11) and one season for the Seattle Seahawks (2012) before joining the Lions. Jones has played in 95 career games with 65 starts and has accumulated 175 tackles (133 solo) and 28 sacks.
May 11, 2016
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Miami Dolphins and Special Olympics Partner To Host Rookie Clinic
Davie, Fla. — Members of the Miami Dolphins rookie class hosted more than 60 Special Olympics athletes from Broward and Dade counties to promote physical fitness in the South Florida community.
“It is such an honor to work with the Dolphins for the third year in a row, to provide this wonderful opportunity to our athletes,” Special Olympics Florida Area Director Linsey Smith said. “This has become a tradition that we look forward to each year and credit this partnership with the large increase we have seen in flag football participation.”
Miami Dolphins rookies Akil Blount, James Burgess, Ruben Carter, Brandon Doughty, Kenyan Drake, Jakeem Grant, Tyler Gray, AJ Hendy, Xavien Howard, Gabe Hughes, Farrington Huguenin, Jordan Lucas, Marshall Koehn, Lafayette Pitts, Rashawn Scott and Brandon Shippen participated in their first Miami Dolphins service event and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“It was a cool day coming out here and playing with the kids, running around with them and seeing how happy they were to play with us and have us coaching them,” Miami Dolphins second-round draft pick CB Xavien Howard said. “It’s important to give back, because there are kids that don’t have an opportunity to do what we were doing right now. We are helping them out and giving them some feelings that we get when we’re playing. We had a blast with them.”
The rookies and Special Olympic athletes in grades 6th-12th played flag football games with a high level of energy and plenty of team spirit.
“Today was outstanding. We came out here to have fun. We got the best Miami Dolphins team. It was so awesome. The players are pretty awesome. I can’t wait for the new season, the new stadium being built. It’ll be very exciting,” Special Olympics athlete Max Mogul said. “I think we played really good. We played like champions.”
This event comes ahead of the Dolphins hosting Dolphins Academy Summer Camps for kids ages 5-15 at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. For further information on this, and all Dolphins events in the community, please visit MiamiDolphins.com.