The Miami Dolphins are a staple of NFL football in the mind of the football fan. A household name, the Dolphins have accomplished much in the forty three years as a team including:
o Two Super Bowl Championships – 1972 & 1973
o Five Conference Championships
o 12 Division Championships
As successful as the Dolphins have been, many lose sight as to how this AFC team got its start in the NFL. This article will briefly cover the infancy of the Miami Dolphins as a football powerhouse.
The Miami Dolphins began as most football teams do, as an expansion team. This extension of the American Football League was a franchise courtesy of actor Danny Thomas (“Make Room For Daddy,” “The Danny Thomas Hour”) and attorney Joseph Robbie. The team was awarded to the two for only seven dollars and fifty cents, however Danny would later sell his portion to Joseph Robbie.
In 1965, in order to name the team, a contest was held to officially name the newly licensed franchise. Over nineteen thousand submissions were submitted from over one thousand people. A seven member committee consisting of local media, titles such as the Mustangs, Mariners, Sharks, Suns, Marauders, Moons, and the Missiles were evaluated, contributed from a dozen finalists.
A West Miami resident, Mrs. Robert Swanson, won the ufabetมือถือ contest with her nickname entry. With her entry, Mrs. Swanson also won lifetime passes to the Dolphins by predicting the score, a tie 0 – 0, of the 1965 Notre Dame v. University of Miami game.
The American Football League’s Miami Dolphins’ logo debuted in 1966. The logo consisted of the dolphin’s head, positioned in a manner so that the head was close to the center of the sunburst. Sometimes cited as “The Fish,” due to the team’s name and mascot, this has given way to the fact that dolphins are in fact mammals, not fish.