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Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins
NFL Team information
Play inSun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
MascotT. D.
Other information
OwnerStephen M. Ross (about 95%) and Wayne Huizenga (about 5%) (with unknown percentages of ownership by Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, Marc Anthony, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams)
ChairmanStephen Ross
CEOMike Dee
General managerJeff Ireland
Head coachTony Sparano
Team history
Miami Dolphins 1966 - present
Team nicknames"The Fins", or "The Phins", or "The Fish"
Super Bowl ChampionshipsSuper Bowl VII (1972),
Super Bowl VIII (1973) (2)
Conference championships*AFC: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1984 (5)
Division championships*AFC East: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2008 (13)
Playoff appearances
  • NFL: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008
Home fields
*Miami Orange Bowl (1966 86) *Sun Life Stadium (1987 present) **a.k.a. Joe Robbie Stadium (1987 96) **a.k.a. Pro Player Stadium (1997 2004) **a.k.a. Dolphins Stadium (2005) **a.k.a. Dolphin Stadium (2006 09) **a.k.a. Land Shark Stadium (2009 present)

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The Miami Dolphins are a Professional American football team based in the Miami metropolitan area in Florida. The team is part of the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Dolphins play home games at Sun Life Stadium in the northern suburb of Miami Gardens, and have their headquarters at the Miami Dolphins Training Facility in Davie, Florida.

The Dolphins team was founded by Joe Robbie, and began play in the American Football League (AFL) as an expansion team in 1966 an example of the AFL's expanding into parts of the United States that had not possessed professional football teams (with the exception of the Miami Seahawks, who played in the AAFC in 1946 before becoming the first incarnation of the Baltimore Colts). In 1970, the Dolphins joined the NFL when the AFL NFL merger occurred. The Dolphins are the oldest continually-operating major league professional sports franchise in the state of Florida.

The team made its first Super Bowl appearance following the 1971 season in Super Bowl VI, but lost to the Dallas Cowboys. In 1972, the Dolphins team completed the NFL's first and only perfect season culminating in a Super Bowl win, winning all 14 of its regular-season games, both of its NFL playoff games, and also Super Bowl VII. The Dolphins thus became the first NFL team to accomplish a perfect regular season. The Dolphins also won Super Bowl VIII, becoming the first team to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls, and the second team (the first AFL/AFC team) to win back-to-back championships. Miami also appeared in Super Bowl XVII and Super Bowl XIX, losing both games.

For most of their early history, the Dolphins were coached by Don Shula, the most successful head coach in professional football history in terms of total games won. His Dolphins teams posted losing records in only two of his 26 seasons as the head coach of the team. Six future Football Hall of Fame members played for Miami during the 1970s, including fullback Larry Csonka, quarterback Bob Griese, and linebacker Nick Buoniconti. During the 1980s and 1990s, Dolphins' quarterback Dan Marino became one of the most prolific passers in NFL history, breaking numerous league passing records. He led the Dolphins to five division titles, 10 playoff appearances, and Super Bowl XIX before retiring following the 1999 season.

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