The Miami Dolphins are young as far as football franchises go. In 1966 they were an expansion team that had just joined the American Football League - in 1972 they were the first and only NFL team to record a perfect season including a Super Bowl win against the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII with a score of 14-7. Imagine this amazing 17- 0 record just six years after their first season record of 4 wins and 10 losses.
The team seemed destined to be a winner. As its very first play as an American Football League team, running back Joe Auer returned a kickoff to score a touchdown following a 95 yard kickoff return against the Oakland Raiders. Though it was a perfect start for the team in football they ultimately lost to the Raiders.
The team was founded by Joe Robbe and its first coach was George Wilson. Wilson left after four years and ended his career with a losing record of 15-39-2. However, football lovers think of Wilson's time as a success as he relentlessly went about building his team. In 1967 he acquired quarterback Bob Griese, in 1968 he brought in running back Larry Csonka and in 1969 guard Larry Little. These players were the core of the soon to be unstoppable Dolphins.
In 1970 Don Shula came to town to coach the Dolphins. Miami Dolphins tickets were not that difficult to come by. But, 1970 was a turning point; Coach Shula led the team to an AFC wild-card playoff opportunity with a winning 10-4 record. In 1971, 1972 and 1973 the Dolphins won consecutive AFC championships. They also were victorious in VII and VIII. For 1972 and 1973 the Dolphin’s combined record was a record setting and still existing all time 32-2. From 1970 through 1974 the team’s cumulative record was an astonishing 65-15-1. Miami Dolphin tickets were very difficult to beginning at this time.
In 1993 Shula became the all-time leader in games coached surpassing George Halas’ record of 324 games. Under Shula’s direction the team was among the NFL each year.
In the beginning the “Phins” as the Dolphins are often called played in Miami’s famous Orange Bowl. However, Robbie always longed for a stadium built for the fans that was privately funded, In 1987 Dolphin’s Stadium, a 73,000 privately built sports facility was dedicated. It has hosted several Super Bowls since and offers numerous hotels nears Miami Dolphins football games.
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