Miami Dolphins Press Release
The Miami Dolphins this year will honor great players from the different eras in team history.
Ed Newman falls into the team’s foundation era from 1966-75. Newman started at both right and left guard for the Dolphins from 1973-84, going to Super Bowls VIII, XVII and XIX with the team. He was selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad following the 1981-84 seasons and was named the team’s Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1980-81. Newman is currently still active in the community, serving as a Miami-Dade County criminal court judge.
Tony Nathan was dominant during the Dolphins’ 1976-85 era in his role as the starting running back in Super Bowls XVII and XIX. He accumulated 3,543 career yards rushing and 383 career receptions for 3,592 yards. Nathan, who also garnered 32 touchdowns during his career, is the only player in Dolphins history to rank among the team’s top 10 leaders in career rushing yards and receptions. Following his playing days with the team from 1979-87, Nathan served as an assistant coach with the Dolphins from 1989-95.
Jeff Cross represents the Miami Dolphins Walk of Fame for the 1986-95 era. The defensive end, who let his presence be felt on the field from 1988-96, was tapped for the Pro Bowl following the 1990 season. His 59.5 career sacks rank as the fifth-highest total in team history.
The fourth era of team history the Miami Dolphins will recognize for the Walk of Fame for 2014 is from 1996-2008. Sam Madison garnered high praise during his playing years on the team from 1997-2005. Following the 1999 season, he became the first cornerback in team history to be selected to the Pro Bowl and also earned the distinction following three other seasons with the Dolphins (2000, 2001 and 2002). A three-time All-Pro (1999, 2000 and 2001), Madison’s 31 career interceptions rank him third all time in team history.
Fans are invited to attend the ceremony and unveiling during the September 21 match against the Kansas City Chiefs.