Every year, the Miami Dolphins hold their annual Kickoff Luncheon in preparation for the beginning of the NFL season, and once again, the organization teamed up with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the Dolphins 50th NFL season.
The event began with a performance by the Dolphins Cheerleaders, and then the girls escorted the coaches to their tables as they were getting introduced, and each one had their own cheerleader escorting them. And then every player also got their own cheerleader, as they were introduced one by one to the sound of applause and cheering fans.
When the rookies were introduced, they each got their own cheerleader. All except for DeVante Parker, who looked around the room and shouted "Where's my cheerleader?" when he found that there was no cheerleader waiting to escort him down to his table. But he made due and walked down with an imaginary cheerleader hanging on his arm, much to the amusement of the fans in attendance and his teammates. No love for Parker apparently.
The entire Grand Ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami was filled with Dolphins fans who were excited to sit down and enjoy a meal with their favorite Dolphins players and alumni. Among the alumni in attendance were Larry Little, Joe Rose, Patrick Surtain, Sam Madison, Nat Moore, and so many more.
The food was excellent, and the presentations even more so, as the Dolphins showed several videos meant to hype up the fans for the 2015 season. Kudos to the Miami Dolphins video department for putting together clips and creatively formatting them to make an amazing montage of videos.
Joe Rose interviewed the core of the Dolphins offense: Ryan Tannehill, Mike Pouncey and Jarvis Landry, and Pouncey made it a point to say that he feels that 2015 is the year that the Dolphins will make the playoffs.
What really got some attention though was Landry's shoes, sparkling like stars in the night sky. I'd been writing in my reports that the players were trying to be the highlighter brigade with their neon cleats, but Landry's shoes just took it to a whole other level.
Kim Bokamper - another alumni - had the pleasure of speaking with the core of the defense: Cameron Wake, Brent Grimes, and newcomer Ndamukong Suh. Bokamper attempted to get Suh to dance since he was new to the team. I never thought Suh could look sheepish until that moment. No dancing for him apparently.
What Suh did say however was that he hoped to help Cameron Wake finally crack 20 sacks this next season, and knowing what a disruptive force he is on the defensive line, Wake might even get 30 sacks.
Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum came up and talked about how the Organization runs like a factory, and the product being cranked out is a winning football team, and he proceeded to discuss the people working behind the scenes that made it work.
Once it was all over, Head Coach Joe Philbin stood up and the players left to get onto the plane to South Carolina, and the guests left having had a very unique experience. The Dolphins have always gone out of their way to let the fans enjoy the team in unique ways, and the luncheon is by far one of the best ways. Hopefully, next year's luncheon will be in celebration of a recent milestone that was earned.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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