Miami Dolphins celebrate 50th anniversary with gala featuring the team’s greatest players.
BY FLORIDA COURIER STAFF
The Miami Dolphins celebrated its 50th anniversary this month in grand style.
On Dec. 11, the Fins hosted a star-studded gala at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, which honored the team’s top 50 players. Forty-one of the legendary 50 players attended. Donning aqua jackets, the honorees included Larry Little, Mercury Morris and Dan Marino, Nat Moore, Jason Taylor and Paul Warfield.
At halftime of Monday night’s game against the New York Giants, the 50th Season All time Team was presented.
The Miami team got its start in August 1965 when the American Football League (AFL), awarded its first expansion franchise to Joe Robbie and actor Danny Thomas for $7.5 million.
George Wilson, who was with the Detroit Lions, is named the first head football coach, in January 1966.
The first regular season game was played at the Orange Bowl in Sept. 2, 1966. The Fins lose to Oakland 23-14.
On Oct. 16, the Dolphins win their first game defeating Denver 24-7 in front of 22,191 at the Orange Bowl.