August 30, 2016
Miami Dolphins Make Roster Moves
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have placed defensive end Dion Jordan and linebacker Zach Vigil on the reserve/non-football injury list.
Jordan played in 26 games with one start for the Dolphins from 2013 to 2014 and recorded 37 tackles (31 solo) and three sacks. He was suspended for the entire 2015 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Jordan was conditionally reinstated to the NFL on July 29, 2016 and was placed on the active/non-football injury list on July 31, 2016. He originally joined the Dolphins as a first-round selection (third overall) in the 2013 NFL draft.
Vigil played in all 16 games with two starts for the Dolphins in 2015 – his first NFL season. He recorded 11 tackles (eight solo) on defense and added seven solo stops and a blocked punt on special teams. He joined the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent from Utah State on May 8, 2015 and was placed on the active/non-football injury list on July 29, 2016.
August 29, 2016
Miami Dolphins Make Trade With Saints
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have traded defensive end Chris McCain to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.
McCain played in 19 games over the past two seasons (2014-15) with the Dolphins. He recorded six solo tackles, two sacks and also recorded a fumble. He originally joined the Dolphins as an undrafted college free agent on May 19, 2014 and was a three-year letterman (2011-13) at California.
Miami Dolphins Announce Innovative Partnership with Uber to Reinvent Parking and Tailgate Experience
Exclusive Unveil of UberTailgate and Uber Zone at Dolphins Games at Hard Rock Stadium
Miami – With an eye toward the future of transportation in and out of games, the Miami Dolphins today announced an innovative partnership with Uber, leveraging the convenience and reliability of ridesharing to enhance transportation options and the fan experience at Hard Rock Stadium. Through the agreement, the Dolphins are the first sports team to host an UberTailgate, providing fans with the opportunity to tailgate and use Uber to enter the game with an end-to-end tailgating experience at their disposal. Uber also becomes the preferred ride sharing partner of the Dolphins, with Hard Rock Stadium hosting a designated Uber Zone, providing one convenient location for drop off and pick up for fans to easily get in and out of games while significantly alleviating traffic.
“Uber is excited to partner with the Miami Dolphins, using our technology to enhance the fan experience at one of the world’s best sports venues,” Uber Regional General Manager U.S. & Canada Rachel Holt said. “This innovative partnership leverages the convenience and reliability of ridesharing to give fans safe and easily accessible transportation options before and after every game. ”
“We recognize that getting in and out of the stadium and traffic is one of the challenges we have with fans as we continue to compete with 60-inch high definition televisions,” Miami Dolphins President & CEO Tom Garfinkel said. “We are excited to partner with Uber in this innovative way and want to change our fans’ experiences of getting to and from these events while reimagining the tailgate experience.”
As part of the agreement, Hard Rock Stadium starting on Sept. 25 will host an UberTailgate for all Miami Dolphins home games. The tailgate brings convenience for fans to come to a game with a complete tailgate set up at their disposal. Twenty UberTailgate spots are available for each game, offering a private area equipped with a tent, grill, cooler, serving ware, furniture and a grill. Within the private UberTailgate area, there will be a general store where fans can purchase grilling provisions such as meat to grill, beer, snacks, soda, water and condiments. Included in the UberTailgate experience is round-trip transportation to and from the game via UberX.
Additionally, Hard Rock Stadium starting Sept. 1 will host an Uber Zone, a designated lot where fans can be dropped off starting four hours prior to kickoff. Following a game, fans can enter the Uber Zone, order an Uber and meet their driver at a specified spot for access and convenience.
For further information, or to sign up for UberTailgate, please visit Dolphins.com/Uber.
August 27, 2016
Miami Dolphins Make Roster Moves
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have waived linebacker Akil Blount, center/guard Ruben Carter, wide receiver A.J. Cruz, long snapper Ryan DiSalvo, wide receiver Matt Hazel, tight end Gabe Hughes, kicker Marshall Koehn, cornerback Al Louis-Jean, guard Vinston Painter and wide receiver Brandon Shippen. The team has also released cornerback Brandon Harris.
Teams must reduce their rosters to 75 players by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30.
August 24, 2016
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Miami – The Miami Dolphins and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) are teaming up this season to recognize youth football players, coaches and parents who have demonstrated their commitment to being leaders on and off the field. Each week, the Dolphins youth programs team will select a High School Coach of the Week, High School Player of the Week, Youth Player of the Week, Student of the Week and Team Mom of the Week.
Each award recipient will be presented with a plaque on the field during a game, and receive acknowledgement of their accomplishment in the game program and through the Dolphins’ and RISE’s social media platforms. They also will receive a pair of tickets to a Miami Dolphins home game and a Dolphins/RISE T-shirt.
As a newly added component of the program and part of the Dolphins/RISE partnership, winners will be empowered to make a difference by participating in a RISE training program where they will learn how to use the unifying power of sport to promote the importance and benefits of unity, equality and inclusiveness as well as address racial tensions their teams, schools and communities might experience.
Awardees also will be encouraged to take a pledge, committing to stand up to racial inequality and share how they plan to affect change by creating a “How I RISE” video message, which will be posted on RISEtoWIN.org.
About Miami Dolphins Youth Programs
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps. The goal is to promote Youth Football in the South Florida community.
About the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE)
Founded in 2015 by Stephen M. Ross, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sport to advance race relations and drive social progress. Supported by an unprecedented alliance of sports leagues, organizations, educators, media networks, sports professionals and athletes, RISE uses sport as a vehicle to promote understanding, respect and equality. Through public awareness campaigns and educational programming, RISE aims to spark enduring action. To learn more, visit RISEtoWIN.org.
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have activated cornerback Xavien Howard off the physically unable to perform list.
Howard was Miami’s second-round selection (38th overall) in the 2016 NFL draft. He had been placed on the active/physically unable to perform list on July 29, 2016. Howard was a three-year letterman (2013-15) and two-year started at Baylor, where he played in 39 career games with 26 starts. He earned consensus first-team All-Big 12 honors as a junior in 2015, when he started all 13 games and recorded 42 tackles (37 solo), five interceptions and 15 passes defensed.
August 17, 2016
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Miami – The Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock International announced an 18-year agreement to name the newly renovated facility Hard Rock Stadium. This venue will serve as the home of the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami football team, Orange Bowl, Super Bowl LIV and the 100th anniversary of the NFL, international soccer and a host of world-class events. Additionally, the iconic lifestyle brand becomes the official Miami Dolphins hotel and resort, casual restaurant partner and hospitality sponsor.
“Hard Rock Stadium will be a global entertainment destination and we are excited to enter this long-term partnership with Hard Rock International, an iconic worldwide brand that continues to grow,” Miami Dolphins President & CEO Tom Garfinkel said. “They are synonymous with music and entertainment and have a rich history of philanthropy and community engagement.”
“Hard Rock International, along with our owners, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, is extremely proud to see our name go up on this stadium. This deal is not only a naming rights program, but it is designed to be a true partnership between two companies dedicated to providing world class entertainment on a global level,” Hard Rock International Chairman Jim Allen said.
In addition to hosting major events, Super Bowl LIV, College Football Playoff Semifinals and major concerts, it was announced that Hard Rock Stadium has secured rights to host the Brazil Men’s National Soccer Team for a series of matches starting in 2017. In addition, Real Madrid will be returning to Miami in 2017 to launch play in the International Champions Cup.
As part of the partnership, the newly renovated Hard Rock Stadium will feature signage atop the shade canopy, at the facility entrance, on the VIP helipad as well as throughout the venue and organization. The main thoroughfare of fan activities pregame along the South Gate will be renamed the Grand Plaza presented by Hard Rock.
Hard Rock International
With venues in 70 countries, including 167 cafes and 23 hotels, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock also is known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Reykjavik, Shanghai, Baku and San Juan. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Berlin, Dubai, Itapema, London, Los Cabos, New York City, Tenerife, and Shenzhen, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.
August 16, 2016
Miami Dolphins Waive/Injured Huguenin
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have waived/injured defensive end Farrington Huguenin.
Huguenin joined the Dolphins as an undrafted college free agent on May 5, 2016 after earning four letters at Kentucky (2012-15). He played in 48 career games with 14 starts during his collegiate career and recorded totals of 95 tackles (49 solo), 1.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, three passes defensed and two blocked kicks.