While Dolphins fans will be most concerned with training camp and the short term future (2018 season), Tuesday was a brief time to get nostalgic with some former Fins greats.
That’s because the team announced six new players into their re-furbished “Walk of Fame” at Hard Rock Stadium to be honored at the December 2nd home game with the Bills.
Hall of Famer defensive end Jason Taylor, former Pro Bowl safety and member of the undefeated 1972 Superbowl champs Dick Anderson, the dynamic wide receiving “Marks Brothers” of the 1980’s Mark Duper (shown above) and Mark Clayton, multi-time Pro Bowl linebacker John Offerdahl, and little heralded left tackle of the 1980’s John Giesler make up the 2018 class.
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And, Mike Persak reported on reactions and comments from Duper and Offerdahl Tuesday:
“We don’t realize how much the Dolphins really is involved in the community in South Florida,” Duper said. “… And it’s a great feeling just knowing you’re a part of that — knowing you’re a part of the Miami Dolphins organization.”
Duper caught 59 touchdowns (including 32 in a four year period from 1983-86) and had four 1,000 yard receiving seasons.
“I get pumped. I do,” Offerdahl said. “Obviously, I’m like 30 pounds heavier and a lot of gray hair, but I get pumped up when anything to do with the Dolphins, and I’m associated with it. And to be honored by the Miami Dolphins and the community and just to realize as I age and my kids get older, that I had such great times back in the ’80s playing the great game of football, meeting people that changed the life of not only me, but South Florida and literally the nation.”
Offerdahl went to five straight Pro Bowls from 1986-90.
Taylor, perhaps the most dominant Miami pass rusher ever (131 sacks as a Dolphin), received Pro Football’s ultimate honor by going into the Hall of Fame last summer. He was not in attendance for Tuesday’s announcement. Neither was Mark Clayton. Anderson was there beaming from ear to ear.
As for Giesler, who was the primary blind-side blocking left tackle for the early years of Dan Marino’s career, he has had multiple knee and back surgeries and was unable to travel to South Florida in person for the announcement. He did however, appear via video conferencing Tuesday and expressed gratitude for being remembered.
Because of stadium renovations over the last three years, these are the first additions to the “Walk of Fame” since 2014.
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