Miami Gardens, Fla. – In conjunction with the Dolphins 50th season celebration presented by Pepsi, voting took place to select the top 50 players in team history. Four different groups voted on the composition of the team, including fans, Dolphins alumni, South Florida media and a select blue ribbon panel. Each group's selections counted for 25 percent of the overall vote. Five players on the team will be announced each week leading up to home game vs. the New York Giants on Dec. 14
th when the entire 50th team will be honored as part of a tribute to the 50 seasons of Dolphins football. The first five members of the team introduced today are Dick Anderson, Mark Clayton, Mark Duper, O.J. McDuffie and Jake Scott. Further information about each player as well as quotes below:
Dick Anderson played ten seasons (1968-77) in Miami at safety and was one of the key performers on the "No-Name" defense of the great Dolphins teams that won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1972-73, including their 1972 "Perfect Season." Anderson started every game from 1969 through 1974 and had 34 interceptions with the Dolphins, the second-highest total in team history. He made three Pro Bowl teams and was named as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1973, one of only three Dolphins ever to earn that honor. He was selected to the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2006.
"It's nice to be remembered. And I'm proud to be one of the members of the 'No-Name' defense on the team. I'm looking forward to seeing some of my teammates join me, but I really think an award should be given to the entire defense as a whole because we played so well together as a team and had a brilliant defensive coordinator in Bill Arnsparger," Anderson said.
Mark Clayton played ten seasons (1983-92) with the Dolphins at wide receiver and combined with Mark Duper to form the "Marks Brothers" receiving duo. Clayton finished with 550 catches for 8,643 yards and 81 touchdowns. He ranks first in Dolphins history in career receptions and touchdowns and second in receiving yards. Clayton had 18 touchdown catches in 1984, then an NFL single-season record and still the Dolphins team record. In 2003, he was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll.
"I'm truly humbled and honored with the selection and it goes to show you that all things are possible when you have the favor of God," Clayton said.
Mark Duper played 11 seasons (1982-92) with the Dolphins at wide receiver, combining with Clayton to form the "Marks Brothers." He finished with 511 catches for 8,869 yards and 59 touchdowns and ranks first in career reception yardage, second in receptions and third in touchdowns in Dolphins history. His average of 17.4 yards per catch is the second highest in team history (minimum 100 receptions). Duper was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2003.
"It's a great feeling to be named as one of the top 50 players in Dolphins history. But while it's a great honor to be among so many great players, I have so much gratitude to a lot of people who won't make the team – many of the coaches and players who helped me get my job done. I want to give them the recognition they deserve because in my eyes my success is due to the all players and coaches I worked with during my Dolphins career."
O.J. McDuffie played nine years (1993-2001) with the Dolphins at wide receiver and ranks fourth on the team's all-time reception list with 415 receptions and is fifth with 5,074 receiving yards. He led the team in catches for three straight seasons. McDuffie's 90 catches in 1998 remains Miami's single season reception record and also is the only time a Dolphins player ever led the NFL in catches. He is tied for the team record for most punt returns and one of three Dolphins to have two career punt returns for a touchdown.
"It means so much to me to be voted to the team. The Dolphin organization is so well respected and had so many great players over 50 years that to be part of that is really special and something I truly appreciate. I've gone from being a player on the team to one of its biggest fans, and this is icing on the cake for me as someone who has always considered myself a Dolphin ever since the day they drafted me," McDuffie said.