March 3, 2017
Miami Dolphins Business Combine
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B Roll with Timestamps
(Related/Stephen Ross 0:00-1:10, Relate 1:11-1:41, RSE Ventures 1:42-2:15, Hudson Yards Tour 2:16-3:12, Vayner Media 3:16-3:33, Be-Mixed 3:38-4:05, Equinox 4:06-4:32, Blink Fitness 4:33-5:01, Warby Parker 5:02-5:38 Harry’s 5:39-6:08, NFL Office 6:09-6:33)
Ryan Tannehill Interview:
Cameron Wake Interview:
New York, N.Y. — Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross assisted players who have shown interest in areas such as real estate, technology, business operations, business development and investing. On February 27 – March 3, 16 current Dolphins players paid their way to New York to take part in a business combine with the help of the team’s player engagement department. The weeklong event, the first of its kind for a professional franchise, featured a who’s who of entrepreneurs. Players had the opportunity to speak with and gain valuable advice from Ross, Equinox CEO Harvey Spevak, LRMR Management Maverick Carter, Co-Owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils Michael Rubin and Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Warby Parker Dave Gilboa. In addition, Pro Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson participated in a video chat. Players also had the opportunity to sit in on a weekly development meeting at Related; tour Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center; and RSE Ventures, a sports and entertainment firm founded by Ross and Matt Higgins.
Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross
“As an owner, I have the responsibility to develop them as great football players, to prolong their careers, but also it’s a responsibility to make sure they are developed when their careers are over. I know from my business career, the better you treat people — the better the organization you have and you attract the best. That’s all part of it and everyone wins in a situation like that.”
“I know the reality of being a football player. It’s not forever. At the same time, I’ve had a tremendous career playing for the Miami Dolphins as long as I have. But you know every peer that you graduated from high school with or even if you graduated from college with, they’ve started. The same way I progressed in my career, they’ve progressed in theirs. Whether it be real estate, venture capitalism or whatever it may be.. The things the Miami Dolphins and the NFL present, I can use those things and leverage that time I have now so that I can do my best to be able to make that transition smoothly. And truth be told, talking to other guys that have been doing this, they have a master’s degree. I may have a master’s degree in football, they might have a master’s degree in whatever their career is. So being here and being with the best of the best and learning from people who I’m sure there are guys out there in the real estate field who would love to be sitting down, elbow to elbow, having a meal with a guy like Stephen Ross and here I am doing it because of the situation that I am with the Miami Dolphins. I am able to relish this opportunity that is presented and making the most of it.”
February 27, 2017
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Dan Marino and Friends Bahamas Weekend 2017 Planned for May 25-27 on the Island of Nassau
Miami – The Miami Dolphins, Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino and Dolphins Alumni and celebrities will hold their annual trip to Nassau on Memorial Day Weekend.
Throughout the weekend, guests will mix and mingle with notable Dolphins alumni and celebrities while enjoying several festivities planned during their stay.
The weekend kicks off with a welcome reception and golf draw party on Thursday evening. On Friday, a golf classic commences with a shot gun start for 24 teams at Ocean Club. Each golf foursome includes the exclusive opportunity to play with a Miami Dolphins Legend or celebrity. The golf classic on Friday wraps with an awards luncheon and a Bahamas Bash party.
The weekend will conclude on Saturday with a free fan fest at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. The day is packed with great festivities for families, including Dolphins Academy Youth Football & Cheer Clinics for kids ages 6-17. Spots are open for boys and girls who have an interest in learning the fundamentals of the game from Dolphins alumni or learning dance moves and chants from the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders.
The day is culminated by competitive flag football games between Nassau, Freeport Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and a Dolphins Legends vs. Bahamas Legends Flag Football Game.
Golf and hospitality packages are now available for these events at Bahamas@dolphins.com. For more information, visit MarinoBahamasWeekend.com.
Thursday, May 25
- Arrival Day
- Welcome Reception (private event)
Friday, May 26
- Dan Marino & Friends Golf Classic and Awards Luncheon (ticketed event)
- Dan Marino & Friends Bahamas Weekend Bahamas Bash (ticketed event)
Saturday, May 27
- Dolphins Academy Youth Football & Cheer Clinics (free event)
- Dolphins Legends vs. Bahamas Legends Flag Football Game (free event)
- Bahamas Weekend Junkanoo Party (private event)
February 24, 2017
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Miami Dolphins Host Hope to Dream Sleepover presented by Ashley HomeStore
Davie, Fla. — At the first South Florida Hope to Dream Sleepover, the Miami Dolphins and Ashley HomeStore surprised 100 underprivileged children with the gift of comfortable sleep for years come. Each of the children enjoyed a sleepover party at the Dolphins Training Center, where they received their very own twin-size bed and bedding from Ashley HomeStore, decked out with a Miami Dolphins comforter.
“Partnering with the Dolphins gave us a terrific chance to create some magic for these kids,” said Keith Koenig, president of City Furniture, the southeast and southwest Florida licensee for Ashley HomeStore. “The sleepover party on the Dolphins’ training field made for once-in-a-lifetime memories, and their new beds should make a lasting difference in their comfort and quality of sleep.”
The event hosted by the Miami Dolphins on Feb. 24 was the latest gridiron-themed sleepover for Ashley HomeStore’s international Hope to Dream initiative. The kids enjoyed dinner, toured the Dolphins locker room and powered through fun games and activities with Miami Dolphins players Xavien Howard, Bobby McCain, Rashawn Scott, Kenny Stills and Laremy Tunsil, cheerleaders, Fins Force and mascot TD before a dance party on their new beds.
“It’s a great experience and I’m happy to be here,” McCain said. “Underprivileged kids coming in here and Ashley HomeStore doing a great job providing these kids with beds. With the Miami Dolphins and the league in general, kids are important. It’s not all about football, it’s a lot bigger than that.”
Ashley HomeStore, the largest furniture retailer in the U.S., dedicates a portion of proceeds from every mattress sale at participating locations to its Hope to Dream program, which has donated 40,000 new beds and bedding to children in need since 2010. All Ashley HomeStore locations in Miami-Dade through Martin counties in South Florida are active year-round in the Hope to Dream charity’s donation program.
Also helping bring the South Florida Hope to Dream Sleepover to life were Simmons Serta, Bedgear and Mantua.
February 22, 2017
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Miami Dolphins Re-Sign 6 Former Players
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they re-signed quarterbacks Bob Griese and Dan Marino, wide receiver Nat Moore, guard Larry Little, defensive end/linebacker Kim Bokamper and cornerback Sam Madison. Each player signed a contract and will officially retire as members of the Miami Dolphins.
These six former players were added to the active roster to further emphasize the bond between the organization and the team’s alumni, who helped established the rich legacy of the Miami Dolphins. Each player was named as one of the top 50 players in franchise history and have combined for three Hall of Fame inductions, two NFL Most Valuable Player awards, two retired jerseys, 14 first-team All-Pro honors and 25 Pro Bowl selections (15 Pro Bowl starts).
Bokamper played nine years (1977-85) with the Dolphins and was a member of the “Killer B’s” defense that helped the team reach two Super Bowls in the 1980s. With 40.0 career sacks, he ranks tied for No. 8 among the Dolphins’ all-time sack leaders and led the Dolphins in sacks in 1980. Bokamper was named to the 1979 Pro Bowl team.
Griese is one of only three Dolphins to have his jersey retired. He played 14 seasons with the Dolphins (1967-80) and was a key component of the great Dolphins teams in the 1970s. He was the starting quarterback on the Dolphins’ two Super Bowl wins (1972, 1973) and threw for more than 25,000 yards and 192 touchdowns in his Dolphins career. Griese was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 and inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1990, while his No. 12 jersey was retired by the Dolphins in 1982.
Little played 12 seasons (1969-80) with the Dolphins and was a key ingredient in the powerful running game that led to two Super Bowl titles in 1972 and 1973. He started 152 of the 158 games he played as a Dolphin, the third highest starting total by any lineman in Dolphins history. He was named to four Pro Bowls, including three starts. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and was selected to the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1993.
Madison played nine years (1997-05) with the Dolphins. His 31 interceptions rank No. 3 on the team’s all-time interceptions list. He tied for the team lead with eight interceptions in 1998, which matched the second-highest single-season interception figure in team history and led Miami with seven picks in 1999. He was selected to four Pro Bowl teams (1999-02), the second-highest figure among defensive backs in Dolphins history.
Marino is one of the most prolific passers in NFL history and played 17 years with the Dolphins (1983-99). He is one of only three Dolphins to have his jersey retired. Marino threw for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns in his career and when he retired, he held the NFL’s all-time records for most passing attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns. He re-wrote the NFL passing records in 1984 season when he threw for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns (the first over 40 TDs and 5,000 yards passing). Marino was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2000. His No. 13 jersey was retired by the Dolphins in 2000.
Moore played 13 seasons for the Dolphins (1974-86) and had 510 catches for 7,547 yards (14.8 avg.) and 74 touchdowns. He was the Dolphins’ all-time leader in receptions, reception yardage, and touchdown catches when he retired. Moore ranks No. 2 in touchdowns and No. 3 in receptions and receiving yardage in team history. He also led the AFC in scoring in 1977. Moore was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 1999 and the team’s annual community service award is named in his honor.
|12||Bob Griese||QB||6-1||190||2/3/45||14||Purdue ’67||Evansville, Ind.||D1, ‘67|
|13||Dan Marino||QB||6-4||224||9/15/61||17||Pittsburgh ’83||Pittsburgh, Pa.||D1, ‘83|
|29||Sam Madison||CB||5-11||180||4/23/74||12||Louisville ’97||Thomasville, Ga.||D2, ‘97|
|58||Kim Bokamper||LB||6-6||245||9/25/54||10||San Jose State ’76||San Diego, Calif.||D1b, ‘76|
|66||Larry Little||G||6-1||266||11/2/45||14||Bethune-Cookman ’67||Groveland, Ga.||T, ‘69 (SD)|
|89||Nat Moore||WR||5-9||188||9/19/51||13||Florida ’74||Tallahassee, Fla.||D3, ‘74|
February 21, 2017
Miami Dolphins Sign Chapman
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed long snapper Winston Chapman to a free agent contract.
Chapman was a four-year letterman (2012-15) for Mississippi State and never failed on a snap during his collegiate career. He played in 40 career games before suffering a torn ACL two games into his senior season that caused him to miss the remainder of 2015. Chapman was named to the 2015 Southeastern Conference Honor Roll. A native of Fairhope, Alabama, he was a defensive lineman in high school. This is Chapman’s first NFL contract.
|Winston Chapman||LS||6-2||230||4/15/92||R||Mississippi St. ’16||Fairhope, Ala.||FA, ‘17|
February 18, 2017
Miami Dolphins Sign Wake To Contract Extension
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed defensive end Cameron Wake to a contract extension through the 2018 season.
Wake had a remarkable comeback season in 2016 in which he earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection. Just one season removed from when he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in 2015, Wake totaled 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception in 2016. His 11.5 sacks were third in the AFC and tied for sixth in the NFL. Since Wake was inserted in the starting lineup in Week 6 of the 2016 season, he was second in the AFC with 10.5 sacks and helped the Dolphins win nine of their final 11 games. He is one of just three NFL players in the past decade to have a double-digit sack season at age 34 or older.
In his eight NFL seasons, Wake has totaled 81.5 sacks. His sack total is second in NFL history among undrafted players (supplemental draft picks not included) and is second in Dolphins history behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Jason Taylor (131.0). Additionally, his 81.5 sacks are the most by any Dolphins player in his first eight seasons in team history.
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February 16, 2017
BankUnited & Miami Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry Present South Florida Student with $1,000 Award
4 Downs for Finance Essay Contest Wraps Up Sixth Year
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – BankUnited, a proud corporate partner of the Miami Dolphins, recently presented 17-year-old Ali Choueiki of North Miami Beach Senior High School with a $1,000 cash prize and a meeting with Miami Dolphins football player Jarvis Landry as part of BankUnited’s sponsorship of the 4 Downs for Finance financial literacy program.
Choueiki wrote the award-winning essay that earned him a $1,000 cash prize and meet and greet. The reception and check presentation took place recently in the Dolphins locker room at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
In writing about the importance of saving money, Choueiki notes that, as a high school senior with numerous financial responsibilities such as senior class events, a phone bill, food and leisure activities, “there are times where I have to dig into my savings account. Also, I am planning on going to college out of state, so whenever I have any financial issues I can use the money I have saved,” Choueiki writes.
4 Downs for Finance encourages Florida students to access age-appropriate money tips throughout the football season and submit an essay on a financial literacy topic.
Rajinder P. Singh, BankUnited president and CEO, was on hand to present the award to Choueiki.
Photo 1: Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer Todd Kline, BankUnited Senior Executive Vice President of Retail & Small Business Banking Gerry Litrento, BankUnited Senior Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations Mary Harris, student and award winner Ali Choueiki, Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry, BankUnited President & CEO Rajinder P. Singh and Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications & Community Affairs Jason Jenkins.
Photo 2: Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry, BankUnited President & CEO Rajinder P. Singh and Ali Choueiki Photo 3: Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry and Ali Choueiki
February 16, 2017
Miami Dolphins Make Roster Moves
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have released defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and defensive end Mario Williams. The team has also waived cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.
Mitchell played 37 games with 21 starts in three seasons (2014-16) for the Dolphins after he was signed as an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2014. He totaled 72 tackles (46 solo) and two sacks with the Dolphins. Mitchell played in nine games with five starts in 2016. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 13, 2016 and activated/designated for return on Nov. 10, 2016. Mitchell has played seven NFL seasons, including his first four with the Houston Texans (2010-13). He originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick (81st overall) by Houston in the 2010 NFL draft.
Williams played in 13 games with five starts in 2016 – his lone season with the Dolphins – after he was signed on March 9, 2016. During his 11-year NFL career, Williams has played in 158 games with 150 starts and totaled 399 tackles (317 solo), 97.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He was selected to four Pro Bowls (2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014) and was named first-team All-Pro in 2014 as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Williams originally entered the NFL as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft by the Houston Texans.
Ekpre-Olomu was claimed off waivers by the Dolphins from the Cleveland Browns on April 5, 2016 after he spent the entire 2015 season on injured reserve with the Browns. He also missed the 2016 season after the Dolphins placed him on injured reserve on Aug. 9, 2016. Ekpre-Olomu originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round selection (241st overall) by Cleveland in the 2015 NFL draft after he was a consensus first-team All-American at Oregon in 2014.