March 9, 2017
Miami Dolphins make roster moves
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have placed a first-round tender on linebacker Kiko Alonso, original round tenders on safety Michael Thomas and running back Damien Williams and restructured the contract of defensive end Nick Williams. Alonso, Thomas and Damien Williams were tendered as restricted free agents.
Alonso started 15 games for the Dolphins in 2016, leading the team and ranking No. 9 in the AFC with 115 tackles (69 solo). He also tallied two interceptions, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. His four fumble recoveries were tied for the league lead. Alonso was traded to the Dolphins on March 9, 2016 from Philadelphia. He originally entered the NFL as a second-round pick (46th overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2013 NFL draft.
Thomas played in all 16 games with the Dolphins in 2016 and made eight starts, totaling 39 tackles (27 total), one sack, one pass defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He tied for the NFL lead with 19 total special teams tackles and had an interception in Miami’s AFC Wild Card game at Pittsburgh. Thomas has played 43 games with 23 starts in his four-year NFL career, all coming with the Dolphins (2013-16). Miami signed him off San Francisco’s practice squad on Dec. 10, 2013. Thomas originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the 49ers on May 4, 2012.
Damien Williams played in 15 games for the Dolphins in 2016 and totaled 35 carries for 115 yards (3.3 avg.) and three touchdowns. He posted career highs with 23 receptions for 249 yards (10.8 avg.) and three receiving touchdowns and caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in Miami’s AFC Wild Card game at Pittsburgh. During his three-year NFL career, Williams has played in 47 games for the Dolphins (2014-16) and totaled eight touchdowns – three rushing and five receiving. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the Dolphins on May 12, 2014.
Nick Williams played in five games with the Dolphins in 2016 after also participating in five contests with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in the season. He totaled seven tackles (six solo) in his 10 total games played in 2016. Williams was awarded to the Dolphins off waivers from Kansas City on Oct. 19, 2016 after he played from 2014-16 for the Chiefs. In his three-year NFL career, Williams has played 26 games. He originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round pick (223rd overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2013 NFL draft.
March 8, 2017
Miami Dolphins re-sign Stills
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have re-signed wide receiver Kenny Stills.
Stills started all 16 games for the Dolphins in 2016 and recorded 42 receptions for 726 yards (17.3 avg.) and a team-high nine touchdowns. His 17.3 yards per reception average was third in the NFL and his 13.0 yards at catch average was second. Stills has played in 63 games with 40 starts over his four-year NFL career and spent two seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2013-14) prior to being traded to the Dolphins on March 13, 2015. He was originally a fifth-round selection (144th overall) by New Orleans in the 2013 NFL draft.
March 8, 2017
Miami Dolphins tender 4 exclusive rights free agents
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have tendered the following exclusive rights free agents: tight end Thomas Duarte, linebacker Mike Hull, cornerback Lafayette Pitts and center/guard Anthony Steen.
Duarte was a seventh-round selection (231st overall) by the Dolphins in the 2016 NFL draft and played in one game during his rookie season. The UCLA product spent the first eight weeks of the regular season on the team’s practice squad before he was signed to the active roster on Nov. 5, 2016. He was inactive for eight contests.
Hull played in all 16 games with one start in 2016 and made 15 tackles (seven solo) and one interception. He intercepted Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer in the first quarter of his first NFL start on Dec. 11, 2016. Hull also played in three contests for the Dolphins in 2015. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the team on May 8, 2015.
Pitts appeared on special teams in eight games for the Dolphins in 2016 and made three special teams stops during his rookie season. Pitts spent the first nine weeks of the regular season on the practice squad before he was signed to the active roster and participated in each of the team’s final eight regular season contests. The Dolphins signed him as an undrafted college free agent on May 6, 2016 after he finished his collegiate career at Pittsburgh.
Steen played in 15 games with seven starts at center for the Dolphins in 2016. He was inactive one game due to injury. During the season, Steen was only penalized twice and did not allow a sack. He started the first three games of the season at center, the first regular season action of his NFL career. Steen originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with Arizona on May 12, 2014 and was signed by the Dolphins to the team’s practice squad on Nov. 24, 2015.
March 4, 2017
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Miami Dolphins Girls Flag Football Clinic and Jamboree presented by Broward College
Davie, Fla. – Miami Dolphins Youth Programs, in partnership with the Broward County Athletic Association (BCAA) and the Greater Miami Athletic Conference (GMAC), hosted the Girls Flag Football Jamboree at Baptist Health Training Facility.
“We’re proud to be associated with this event as the Dolphins have continued to be invested in growing the game for youth,” Broward College District Director of College Readiness & Recruitment Bryan Anderson said.
The jamboree featured 25 high school girls flag football teams from the South Florida area. The jamboree followed a Girls Flag Football Clinic on Feb. 22 that educated the high school ladies on football skills.
“This event continues to grow throughout the years and we’re proud to teach these young ladies the proper skills they need both on and off the field to advance the game and their journeys,” Miami Dolphins Senior Director of Youth Programs Twan Russell said.
The goal of this event is to promote high school football. 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 in the South Florida Community.
Miami Dolphins Girls Flag Football Jamboree presented by Broward College Results
|Cypress Bay (7) vs. South Broward (6)||Hollywood Hills (18) vs. Plantation (0)|
|Everglades (25) vs. Monarch (2)||Western (12) vs. Blanche Ely (0)|
|Boyd Anderson (8) vs. Ferguson (7)||Miramar (6) vs. Cypress Bay (0)|
|Miami Jackson (27) vs. Cooper City (12)||Hollywood Hills (19) vs. Ft. Lauderdale (0)|
|Pompano (7) vs. McArthur (6)||Hialeah (12) vs. Coconut Creek (6)|
|Miami Southridge (9) vs. Deerfield (0)||Hallandale (12) vs. Mater Academy (0)|
|Flanagan (31) vs. Northeast (0)||Hialeah (18) vs. Pines Charter (6)|
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|