PRESS RELEASE: Miami Dolphins Announce Top 50 Voting and Throwback Uniform as Part of 50th Season Celebration Presented by Pepsi
Miami, FL – The Miami Dolphins as part of the franchise’s 50th season celebration presented by Pepsi today announced additional elements to mark the milestone, including open fan voting for the team’s Top 50 players and a hallmark throwback uniform. The throwback uniform and the Top 50 players will be an integral part of the organization’s 50th Season Homecoming festivities on Dec. 14 when the Dolphins play host to the New York Giants at Sun Life Stadium.
Pepsi as presenting sponsor of the Dolphins 50th season celebration has inclusion in the team’s microsite at Dolphins.com/Since, presence within the campaign’s out of home signage as well as online voting for the Top 50 players.
Beginning today through Sept. 15 on Dolphins.com, fans have an opportunity to help select an all-time team of the 50 best players in Dolphins history. Fans, along with alumni, South Florida media who regularly cover the team and a blue-ribbon panel, will each contribute input in the team’s final composition.
Those four groups will vote from a list of 100 players throughout the team’s history compiled by the Dolphins organization. The 100 were selected based on a number of factors, with heavy emphasis on excellence (how well they played), longevity (how long they contributed to the team at a high level) and teamwork (how well they made the players around them better).
The Top 50 players can be selected from any position group, and there is no limit to the number of players who can be picked from any one position. The 50 players with the highest vote totals will all make the team collectively and will not be ranked in any particular order. The team will be announced in blocks of five players throughout the course of the season, and will be honored collectively on Dec. 14.
The Dolphins will wear a throwback uniform with a nod to the team’s storied history while incorporating innovative aspects of modern design and functionality for the Monday Night Football game. Aqua, orange and white were new to football when the Miami Dolphins hit the gridiron in 1966.
Since then, the team’s color scheme has remained, but the aesthetics have undergone a subtle evolution including, in the 1970s, the addition of contrast cuffs. In commemoration of the franchise’s 50th year, the Dolphins refresh their original uniform composition — a solid aqua jersey punctuated by white and orange numbers paired to white pants — with the NFL Nike Elite 51 Uniform.
The NFL Nike Elite 51 uniform is a completely integrated system of dress designed and engineered from the inside out. The uniform system features specific fabrics, ventilation and fabric placement in the baselayer, padding, jersey and pants so each element works in concert. An all-over four-way stretch fabrication provides a streamlined, shrink-wrap fit.
This will mark the first time that the Dolphins have worn throwback uniforms for a home game and just the second time overall in team history. The only other time the Dolphins wore a throwback uniform was on Nov. 27, 2003 in a 40-21 Thanksgiving Day win at Dallas, where the organization commemorated the 30th anniversary of the 1973 team that captured Super Bowl VIII.
While the team will don this uniform as part of the Homecoming celebration on Dec. 14, fan jerseys as well as a complete line of 50th season merchandise are available now for purchase on Dolphins.com.
Watch the official uniform reveal video here!
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