The Miami Dolphins have had several NFL greats wear their colors over the course of the franchise's existence, and six more of those players were unveiled on Tuesday to be added to the team's prestigious Walk of Fame.
Safety Dick Anderson, wide receiver Mark Duper, and linebacker John Offerdahl were all present at the Wynwood Walls for the reveal, getting to share their thoughts on being chosen for the Walk of Fame. Also being added are defensive end Jason Taylor, wide receiver Mark Clayton, and left tackle Jon Giesler, who were unable to attend due to prior engagements.
The previous inductees to the Walk of Fame are:
Class of 2014 – Jeff Cross, Sam Madison, Tony Nathan and Ed Newman.
Class of 2013 – Kim Bokamper, O.J. McDuffie, Mercury Morris and Keith Sims.
Class of 2012 – Tim Bowens, A.J. Duhe, Manny Fernandez, Nat Moore, Earl Morrall and Don Strock.
Class of 2011 – Nick Buoniconti, Larry Csonka, Bob Griese, Jim Langer, Larry Little, Dan Marino, Joe Robbie, Don Shula, Dwight Stephenson and Paul Warfield.
Between the six 2018 inductees to the Walk of Fame, they combined for 22 Pro Bowl selections, seven first-team All Pro nods, seven AFC Championships and two Super Bowl titles, playing a grand total of 61 seasons, appearing in 828 games with 741 starts.
An impressive resume, to say the least.
But what's more impressive is the impact that these players have made off the field, not just on it. Continuing with the tradition of the Miami Dolphins doing everything they can to make South Florida a better place, the inductees are also being recognized for their contributions to the numerous causes the Dolphins are involved with.
"With the Miami Dolphins in the community, you see a lot of activities going on." said Mark Duper. "You'd be surprised how much the Dolphins deal in the community, which leads me to being in the community because Nat (Moore) ain't gonna stop. I mean, the phone just constantly rings all the time with something going on in the community ... which is great, I don't mind doing that."
With all that said, it would be remiss to simply dismiss the individual accomplishments of these players on the football field, as it is because of their success there that they have the platform they have.
And make no mistake, these players are not just community warriors, they have a veritable laundry list of achievements to their names.
Dick Anderson was a three-time Pro Bowl safety (1972-74) and played in 10 seasons (1968-77) for the Dolphins. One of the leaders on the No Name Defense, he was a first-team All-Pro selection on the 1972 undefeated team. In 1973, Anderson led the league in interceptions (8) and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year, assisting the Dolphins in winning their second straight Super Bowl. His 34 career interceptions are still second all-time in Dolphins history. Anderson was named to the Dolphins Honor Roll on Dec. 3, 2006, is a member of the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team and Dolphins’ 50th Season All-Time Team. Anderson was also enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
Mark Clayton was a five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver (1984-86, 1988, 1991) and played 10 seasons (1983-92) for the Dolphins. He saw action in 142 games with 127 starts during his Dolphins tenure and totaled 550 receptions for 8,643 yards (15.7 avg.) and 81 touchdowns. His 550 receptions and 81 receiving touchdowns are both franchise records that still stand today. Clayton set the NFL record (since eclipsed) with 18 receiving touchdowns in 1984. He also led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 1988 (14). He was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll on Dec. 15, 2003 and is a member of the team’s 50th Season All-Time Team.
Mark Duper played 11 seasons with the Dolphins (1982-92) and was a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver (1983-84, 1986). He totaled four 1,000-yard seasons (1983-84, 1986, 1991) and 22 100-yard efforts. He is the team’s all-time leader with 8,869 career receiving yards. His 511 receptions are second in team history while his 59 touchdown receptions are third. A downfield threat, Duper averaged 17.4 yards per reception throughout his career, the second-best mark in franchise annals and the sixth-highest in NFL history among receivers with 500-plus career catches. He was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll on Dec. 15, 2003 and is a member of the team’s 50th Season All-Time Team.
Jon Giesler played 10 NFL seasons (1979-88), all with the Dolphins. He played in 126 career games with 105 starts, all at left tackle. As the anchor of Miami’s offensive line, Giesler helped the Dolphins lead or tie for the league lead in fewest sacks allowed in each of his final seven seasons (1982-88). He helped Miami win two AFC Championships (1982 and 1984) and protected the blind side of Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino for the first six years of Marino’s career. He was the team’s 1987 nominee for the Ed Block Courage Award and was selected by fans to the organization’s silver anniversary team.
Jason Taylor is a six-time Pro Bowl defensive end/linebacker (2000, 2002, 2004-07), three-time first-team All-Pro honoree (2000, 2002, 2006) and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played 13 seasons with the Dolphins (1997-2007, 2009, 2011) and is the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks (131). His 204 games played and 186 starts are second in team annals and he has the organization’s second-longest consecutive-games played streak when he appeared in 130 straight games from 1999 until 2007. Taylor was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006, Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2007 and is a member of the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team. He was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll on Oct. 14, 2012 and is a member of the team’s 50th Season All-Time Team.
John Offerdahl was a five-time Pro Bowl selection (1986-90) and the 1986 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after the Dolphins selected him in the second round (52nd overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft. Offerdahl earned first-team All-Pro honors in 1990. He was named to the Dolphins Honor Roll on Oct. 31, 2013 and is a member of the team’s 50th Season All-Time Team. Offerdahl was named the team’s Ed Block Courage Award nominee in 1993 and is a three-time recipient (1989-90, 1993) of the team’s Nat Moore Community Service Award.
These six players will be honored again at Alumni Weekend, which starts on November 30 with a golf tournament and culminates in a ceremony during the December 2 matchup at Hard Rock Stadium against the Buffalo Bills, with all proceeds from the events benefiting the education side of the Miami Dolphins Foundation.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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