Top 10 Players in Dolphins History

When talking about historic NFL franchises, the Miami Dolphins immediately come to mind. This storied team began in the old American Football League in 1966 and joined the National Football League in 1970.

Since its inception, the Dolphins organization has provided fans with memorable moments including Super Bowl championships and a historic undefeated season in 1972. The Miami has also been the home of a myriad of exceptional players, true legends to be exact. Here is a list of the top ten Miami Dolphins of all time.

1 Dan Marino: Marino is arguably the best quarterback to play the game and certainly the best to play the position in Miami. Marino joined the team in 1983 with one of the best draft picks of all time and played until 1999. During that time he received Rookie of the Year honors, was the NFL passing leader numerous times and had nine Pro Bowl appearances.

2 Larry Csonka: This five-time Pro Bowler is easily one of the most dominant Full Backs to set foot on the field. Csonka played with Miami from 1968- 1974. During this time he was a part of two Super Bowl championship teams and was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl VIII. He returned for a season in 1979 and received the honor of being the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year.

3 Bob Griese: Joining the Dolphins a year after their inception many thought, quarterback Bob Griese, to be the cornerstone of the Dolphins franchise. During his tenure (1967-1980) Griese made three Super Bowl appearances, winning two, and was a six-time Pro Bowler. even has him as their second best of all-time.

4 Paul Warfield: Wide Receiver, Paul Warfield was a dominant force on the offense from 1970 through 1974. Warfield, the eight- time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl Champion still holds receiving records and is an elite Wide Receiver.

5 Jason Taylor: Defensive End, Jason Taylor is as well known for his stand-up character off the felid as he is for his dominating style of play on the field. Taylor played for the Dolphins from 1997- 2007 and returned for the 2010 season. During this time he was a six-time Pro Bowler, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and the NFL Man of the Year.

6 Larry Little: Larry Little was a giant among men on the football field. Little, one of the greatest Guards to play the game, was the key to the Dolphins dominating running attack from 1968-1980. He logged five Pro Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl Championships during this time.

7 Nick Buoniconti: Middle Linebacker, Buoniconti played for Miami from 1969-1976. During this time he received honors as the Team MVP in 1969, two Super Bowl Championships and went to the Pro Bowl two times. Buoniconti is best known as the unofficial leader of the Dolphins “No Name Defense.”

8 Mercury Morris: Morris’ speed as a running back was the perfect complement to Larry Csonka’s power during their time together in Miami. Morris was a Dolphin from 1969-1975; earning three Pro Bowl trips and two Super Bowl championships.

9 Mark Duper: Duper played Wide Receiver for the Dolphins from 1982-1992. During this time he gained the record for Dolphins receiving yards with 8,869. He is second in career receptions and was a three-time Pro Bowler.

10 Mark Clayton: This outstanding Wide Receiver shared the field with Mark Duper from 1983-1992,and was Dan Marino’s favorite target. He was the two-time NFL leader in touchdowns by a receiver and a five-time Pro Bowler during his years as a Dolphin.

You won’t find any of the current roster on this page, and that is why our season predictions for the Dolphins have them finishing last in the AFC East.

Top Teams Miami Dolphins Teams of All-Time

The Miami Dolphins have had some great seasons in NFL History. Many of those season were led by Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula. Over the years the team has set some incredible records and consisted of some great Hall of Fame players. One of the most respected franchises over history, here is a look at the best teams in Miami Dolphins History.  You probably won’t find this year’s team on the list, since they are expected to finish last in the division.


Perhaps the best season by any team in NFL history, the Dolphins went on a magical ride in 1972. This season serves as the only undefeated season by a team that went on to win the Super Bowl. Led by head coach Don Shula and some great players like Bob Griese and Larry Csonka the Dolphins ended an amazing regular season at 14-0. They went on to win three straight playoff games including a shutout of the Redskins in the Super Bowl, winning 17-0. This team was led by their famous “No Name Defense” which often got over looked by the amazing offense the Dolphins had that season.


Coming off an undefeated season probably brought a lot of pressure but the 73′ Dolphins didn’t seemed to be affected by it. The Team finished 1972 at 12-2 and champions of the AFC East. They completed their season by winning Super Bowl VII over the Vikings, 24-7. The Dolphins were back to back Super Bowl champs, a feat that has only been accomplished six other times in history. The ‘No Name’ Defense from last year continued to dominate. In 2007 ESPN ranked this defense as the eight-greatest defense in history.


Coming off back to back Super Bowl victories, expectations had to be high for the 1974 Dolphins. The team continued to excel, just not quite as well as the two previous season. The Dolphins finished the 74′ season at 11-3, still great by most standards. They did not make it to the Super Bowl this year, losing to the Raiders in the famous, famous “Sea of Hands” game during the divisional round.


The 1982 Dolphins would have a return to the Super Bowl. It was the franchise’s first Super Bowl Appearance since their victory in 1973. They benefited from a shortened season due to a 57-day players strike. The strength of this team was again the defense. This team got the nickname “Killer Bees”, because 6 of their starters on defense had a last name that started with a ‘b’. Don McNeal, Gerald Small and Glenn Blackwood, were some of the standouts on this defensive unit.


Two years after losing Super Bowl XVII to the Redskins, the Dolphins would make it back to the leagues biggest game. This team was led by second year quarterback Dan Marino, one of the best picks in team history. Marino was made the focus of the team the offense. In 1984 he set league records with 5,084 passing yards and 48 touchdowns. Unfortunately, this season would end in another loss, this time to the 49ers in Super Bowl XIX, by a score of 38-16.

Best Draft Picks in Dolphins History

The Miami Dolphins are one of the most storied franchises in football history. Over the course of their 51-year existence, they have made hundreds of draft picks and have had some really excellent players. Here is a list of the top 10 picks in Dolphins history.

1. Dan Marino (1983, No. 27 overall) – Dan Marino is far and away the greatest Dolphin of all time, despite never having won the Super Bowl. At the time of his retirement, he held almost every NFL passing record, including career yards and touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

2. Larry Csonka (1968, No. 8 overall) – In 11 NFL seasons, Csonka rushed for 8,081 yards and 64 touchdowns. He won two Super Bowls with the Dolphins, first in 1972, when they went undefeated, and again in 1973, when he was named the Super Bowl MVP. Those were two of the best teams in Dolphins history.  Csonka was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

3. Jason Taylor (1997, No. 73 overall) – Taylor has the sixth most sacks in NFL history, with 139.5, and is the all-time leader in fumble returns for touchdowns with 6. He is a six-time Pro Bowl selection and was named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. Taylor becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2017.

4. Bob Griese (1967, No. 4 overall) – Griese was a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl Champion. The Dolphins were the winningest team in the NFL throughout the ’70s and Griese was their leader. He ended his 14-year career with 25,092 yards passing and 192 touchdowns, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.

5. Dwight Stephenson (1980, No. 48 overall) – Named to five Pro Bowls and the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade team, Stephenson was an absolute beast on the gridiron. Despite his career being cut short due to injury after only eight seasons, he was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998. In 1999, the Sporting News ranked Stephenson as the 84th greatest football player of all-time.

6. Zach Thomas (1996, No. 154 overall) – Thomas was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade team. He ended his career with 1,720 tackles. Thomas endeared himself to fans with his relentless style and he goes down as one of the most beloved players in Dolphins history.

7. Mark Clayton (1983, No. 223 overall) – Clayton entered the league the same year as Marino and quickly became his favorite target. He made five Pro Bowls and is the Dolphins record holder for career pass receptions and touchdowns.

8. Richmond Webb (1990, No. 9 overall) – Webb holds Dolphins team records for consecutive games played (118) and Pro Bowls (7). He was named to the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade team and the Dolpins Honor Roll in 2006.

9. Sam Madison (1997, No. 44 overall) – Madison made four consecutive Pro Bowls for the Dolphins from 1999-2002, and eventually won a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2006. During his prime, Madison was widely considered one of the best cornerbacks in football.

10. Bryan Cox (1991, No. 113 overall) – During his career, Cox was one of the most aggressive, hard-hitting players in football. He was selected to three Pro Bowls with the Dolphins. In 2001, he won a Super Bowl with the Patriots.

There could be new names added to this list shortly.  Mostly because the Dolphins season predictions show them as last in the AFC East, which should get them a high draft choice.