How did you become a Dolphins fan? and are you a diehard?

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  1. finmann

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    Moved to Ft Lauderdale when I was a kid and fell in love with the Dolphins, been a fan since 87 or 88.
     
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    Several guys from upstate NY,, me too. My family moved from Canada to Liverpool NY, just outside of Syracuse just in time for the blizzard of 66. Never seen so much snow, 104 inches in two days. While I was there was when Csonka was drafted by Miami so, I started watching Miami games whenever I could. The weather was always perfect in stark contrast to Canada and the snow belt of NY. I made a pledge to someday move to Florida and have palm trees and a pool in my yard. We later moved to Tidewater Virginia and finally Fort Lauderdale. I went on to Costa Rica after I retired but, I still tune in every Sunday. I like other teams too but, not like Miami. We have history.
     
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    Parents grew up rooting for the Phins so I did too, been a fan all 25 years of life. Never missed a single game until a few years ago. The total irrelevancy of the team has deflated my fandom quite a bit. Hopefully they turn it around before I give up completely lol
     
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    Local team on the TV almost every Sunday(hated those rare blackouts back then).
    Bunch of stars to root for in Marino, Thomas, Madison, Surtain, Taylor etc... Later on Williams
    And then some guys like Trace Armstrong, Bowens, Webb, Marion etc who weren't stars but played very well for us.
     
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    The first game I ever watched was the 49ers vs Dolphins Super Bowl. Everyone in my house picked the 49ers, and being defiant I picked Miami. We lost but I became a fan. It grew the following year, and so on. I am from Albany NY, so it was hard to see them growing up before the internet and direct tv. In the 90s i became an insane fan, and it hasnt stopped. In 2000 I moved to S Florida for a few years, and my first playoff game I got to see live was against Indy when Lamar Smith blew up. After a lot of traveling the country for a while I live in Albany NY again, and have been a Sunday Ticket subscriber for years. I got to go to Miami in 2016 to see the 49ers game. This past year I got to see JT inducted in Canton, and road games at NYJ, and Carolina. My fiancé is still getting used to the obsession, but Is a great sport, and let me name my 2nd dog Larry Csonka. Oh yeah I have a Dolphin tattoo on my quad, and been a Finheaven member since 2001, so I think I am a die hard.
     
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    Like another poster said, told this before but here it is again. Pops was a Vikings fan back in the day.I wasn't. Like another poster said I picked the helmets of the team's I liked. I liked the Dolphin's helmet the most being a kid. It helped that they were winning all the time. We cheer together. We "damn" together. Dolphin for life!
     
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    Been a fan since I was 9 in 1990. Dan Marino was my favorite player.
     
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    Born to it. When Dad made it back from Vietnam in 1968, he latched onto this fledgling team from south Florida for some inexplicable reason. So it’s hereditary, fan since 1976.

    Strock. Den Herder. Baumhower, Keutch. Nathan. Dwight. Rose. Hardy. Duriel and Nat. The Bruise Brothers. McNeal. On and on. These are the names that echoed off the walls of my house on Sunday when I was growing up.

    Iowa is Vikings/Packers/Chiefs land, but there are more Dolphins guys here than you’d think.
     
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    First of all, my main language isn't English, so I apologies for any mistakes.
    I was born and raise in Mexico, and contrary to what must people think, we follow football a lot and for a long time ago (I believe we are the second largest football fan base in the world). In mid 70's (I was around 5 or 6 years old, don't really recall it) my father, who was/is a Cowboys fan decide it was time to introduce my brother and I to his loved sport, so he went into a sport store and look for some cowboys gear to gave us for Christmas. As he tells the story, he didn't find the cowboys uniform set with helmet and shoulders he was looking for, so been the 70's, he found Dolphins, Steelers and Raiders sets, he decide to go with Miami and Pittsburgh, wrap them and gave it to us randomly, of course I got the Dolphins one, and became an instant fan as did my brother for the Steelers. To this day my father still regret he did't wait and look for the Cowboys gear a little harder.
    So I was close to became a Cowboys, Raiders and specially a Steelers fan, I have wonder sometimes if I rather have gotten the Steelers gear, but I dislike this team so much, I don't even like to think about it, so I'm perfectly happy I got my beloved Dolphins one. It’s almost like the team pick me
    Because I'm a fan since the 70's I have enjoy very good years, I have seen David Woodly in a SB, Andan Franklin, Tony Nathan, Tom Vigorito, Jim Jansen, Killer B's, AJ Dohe, etc.etc.etc., and of course the Marino, Z. Thomas, JT years, so I'm not complaining.
    To date, I manage to slip a trip almost every year to the USA to watch the Dolphins play, and have Sunday ticket and NFL pass at home, so I believe I qualify as a DIEHARD DOLPHINS FAN. And I can proudly say, I have pass the passion to my soon, a very difficult task with the current state of franchise, but mission have been accomplish
     
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    Being a young 27 years old, I haven’t been able to celebrate much success. However, my Dad grew up watching Miami in the 70s, so he was the fan. I grew up in house full of Dolphins things. Marino pictures everywhere, Dolphins blankets, Dolphins everything. So I was born into it, watched every Dolphins game, every Sunday was a huge production. We celebrated every football Sunday like most celebrate Super Bowl.

    Unfortunately he passed away almost 6 years ago, but my support for the team never wavered. His wife (my stepmother) can’t really watch football anymore, but Dolphins football is how I remember him. 6 years later, now with a fiancé and daughter of my own, I make sure every football Sunday is a big event, because that’s what we did.

    And of course, I own everything Dolphins
     

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    My becoming a Dolphins fan happened the day they hired Adam Gase.

    I had been a fan of John Fox and followed his move from Denver to Chicago. That's when I found out about this guy named Gase. I was stunned when I found out he coached Tim Tebow to the playoffs with Denver, then fell into coaching Peyton Manning. He and Peyton had the same mindset and view and they ended up making history together. The next thing I knew, Gase was offered the head coaching job of San Francisco, which he turned down when he found out he had to accept Jim Tomsula as his defensive coordinator. This Guy Gase has guts. What coach in the NFL would turn down an opportunity as a head coach for San Francisco, especially if it was their first shot at being a head coach? Gase ended up as the offensive coordinator in Chicago, where he got a really poor team to play competitively and helped an old quarterback named Cutler improve his play dramatically.

    The next year at least six teams had lined up interviews with Gase for a head Coaching position. I wasn't surprised when he accepted the Dolphins offer without going to any more of his scheduled interviews. Gase had been advised by John Fox that a team with a good owner would be critical to success. In spite of all the negative noise on this forum, Ross is really a good owner. I am sure Tannehills' potential is another of the reasons for Gases' coming here.

    I have now been a Dolphins fan for two years. I like watching what I believe is a new football dynasty in the making. It isn't always pretty, but I have seen important improvements each year. The first year was the development of a "Team" mentality instead of a bunch of guys in the same uniforms. Last year was the emergence of many of the new Front Office's draftees and some of the Free Agents as some of the older players fell by the wayside.

    The next year I saw a team that got dumped on with some of the most miserable things that can happen; weather, long trips, the loss of at least three important players by the time the first game started, the loss of a coach due to drugs and the loss of an important player in the middle of the year due to his bad attitude. This stuff isn't pretty. It exposed many weaknesses in this team. It also showed a consistent attitude from the head coach to his players and coaches - "do your job". He worked with the players as far as possible and held them accountable to the extent possible. Because of this, many of the rookies and newer players showed improvement once they got on the field. In the middle of the year it became necessary to trade away one player and recover some value in the form of a draft pick.

    We are about to start our third year under this coach. I feel it's unreasonable to think that we will see the absurd stuff we saw last year, but this is the NFL and I'm sure we will see something weird. I see our players continuing to play better to the point that they can support more complex game plans. I think we are about to see the old Dolphins mentality fall away and the new Dolphin mentality appear. I see a team that will be more competitive and a body of players with fewer personnel problems. I'm looking forward to see how well this team can do with a lot of its deadweight gone.
     
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    So I’m a diehard out in Utah. My dad grew up watching Marino and instilled in me a hatred for the Patriots and a love for the Phins.
    I’m only 22 and the first time I paid attention to Miami was at the end of the 2007 season when miami was abysmal.
    I remember also at about the same time hearing that the Patriots were 15-0 going into week 17 and I was hoping the Giants could protect Perfectville. Brady hit Moss deep at the end of the game. It was such a great game that really piqued my interest.The pats ended up winning, I was obviously pissed, so I didn’t pay attention throughout the playoffs until the Super Bowl, figuring New England would have their way throughout the post season. That super bowl ended up being an incredible rematch of week 17 and my lack of interest ignited into a passion for the game. Most importantly, the Patriots didn’t end their season perfect.
    The following year in 08, with a newfound interest in football, miami surprised everyone and turned things around and I was proud to be a Dolphins fan.
    Since then, we’ve been up and down, but the future is bright and I love the Dolphins as much as ever!
     
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    I was born in Brooklyn, New York. I think I was vaguely aware of Broadway Joe's guarantee and the Jets Super Bowl victory (I was a toddler). My household were not sports fans.

    My family moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1974. I was ten years old. Just missed the Dolphins' heyday.

    I never watched a football game as a South Florida resident.

    I went away to college at Emory in Atlanta in 1981. I guess I was feeling homesick one Sunday as a freshman, and went to the student union where they were watching a Dolphins game.

    For some reason that made me feel like home. I stayed and watched (with other Dolphins fans, some from South Florida).

    I fell in love and from that game on I never missed a Dolphins game.

    That was the season that ended with the San Diego playoff loss. I had never imagined that a football game could be like that.

    I was hooked for life.

    It was only David Woodley and Don Strock at QB then, who knew a Super Bowl then 17 seasons of #13 was right on the horizon?
     
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    I was born in 1960 (live in Mexico City ) during those years you can only watch Dallas games-I hate that. So when we played Super Bowl VI againts them I root for the fins since then is my team . I feel very lucky because I´ve had the chance to follow all ups and downs ans tons of games...but for sure I´ll die being a Dolphin fan.
     
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    The first football game I remember watching was the AFC championship game in 1982, the "Interception by AJ Duhue" in the mud game. I asked my Dad who are you cheering for the Green team or the white team and he said white. It stuck ever since but Marino and the fact the Patriots sucked back then solidified it. I can't imagine who I'd be a fan of if my Dad had said he's cheering for the green team, ugh.

    The first time I got to stay up and watch a while MNF game was the game vs the 85 Bears. I was 10.
     
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    My grandmother lived in Boca Raton and gave me a Fins hat for my second birthday. When she passed away I decided to become a true fan in her honour
     
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    Born and raised in VA, but I was around 10 and my dad was watching football and the Dolphins were playing and but I cant quite remember who they were playing at the time, and I was just in awe of watching Dan play, and starting asking my dad (colts fan) all about him. so from then on I was a huge #13 fan as well as the phins. I also loved the colors lol. Going on 26 years being a fan, and more than anything I would love to see a Super bowl in my lifetime.

    Not a great story as some others here I know lol.
     
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    Family moved from midwest to WPB in '66. I was 9 years old. We needed a team to support and the brand new Dolphins were the only show in town. By the time I was in high school they were in the Super Bowl. How could I not be a fan?
     
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    Apologies in advance for the length

    Much of my immediate and extended family moved from SC to Florida in 1960, the same year my older sister was born. My father was in poor health for much of his life. One of the things that he embraced and one of his greatest passions was football; his brother and eventual nephews (and many of my ancestors) played for Clemson. In 1966, he embraced the Miami Dolphins. Passionately. He watched every game. Some he watched from the hospital. He hated Howard Cosell with a passion after Howard ripped them on Monday Night Football against the Saints.

    I wasn't just an "oops" nearly a decade after my sister. I was a "okay, medically...that wasn't supposed to be possible." My Dad only lasted a couple years after I was born, and mercifully so; the last voice recording I have of him is a preview by him of the Chiefs/Dolphins playoff game. He passed just weeks after they lost Super Bowl VI.

    One of my biggest frustrations is that my Dad never got to see the Super Bowl win that he so badly wanted to see, and that I'm just too young to remember one that I've waited for my whole life. One of the things that makes me smile is that after he passed, they didn't lose again for over a year and a half.

    Through the rest of my young childhood, my Uncle took us in as part of his family every weekend. Hurricanes on Saturdays, Dolphins on Sundays. We went to a few games, but watched most in his living room on Sundays. He taught me football. He said until he passed a couple years ago that it should have been Strock at the helm, not Woodley, and that Strock would have won Super Bowl XVII. My Mom, to her credit, kept the Dolphins spirit alive. We moved to Southern NJ in 1980, smack in the middle of the year when all of the Philly teams went to their championship games. All my friends thought I was weird because I didn't jump over to the Eagles, but I didn't. I wore my Fins gear constantly, and so did my Mom, until she passed when I was a teen. I wore the family colors through middle school. Through high school. Through college. While working in Manhattan. I'll wear them the rest of my life.

    I told my son a few years ago that he could root for whoever he wanted...as long as it wasn't the Jets or the Patriots. He chose the Dolphins. So did my daughter.

    It's awesome right now, listening to the unbridled joy that's going on in Philly. So many of my childhood friends are ecstatic, and they're going to the parade today. The same with many of my kids's friends...and their teachers. But my kids got it; they said, "It's not quite the same as if the Dolphins won." I get a lump in my throat thinking of how happy dozens of my friends are at this moment...that they finally got their championship parade. And I congratulated them...and more than a handful said "I remember you rooting for them like crazy, the one Dolphins fan in a sea of Eagles fans. You'll get yours someday."

    And we will. Someday. And I'll be there. And I'll go to Dade Memorial Park and plant a championship flag down for my Dad...and he can rest a little easier.

    Fins up.
     
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    It was your own post that gave me the inspiration to start a thread like this (or, since one already existed, resurrect it), as I saw you mention this story of how you became a Dolphins fan in another thread. Very interesting read, and well written. And I must admit, reading it gave me some optimism amidst all the usual doom and gloom regarding the Fins!

    Your take on following a coach as such, instead of a Franchise is interesting to me. If Gase gets sacked, and moves on to another Franchise, will your allegiance go with him? Or, if you see another great coach in the making elsewhere, might you jump over to follow that coach / Franchise instead?

    Please bear in mind I'm not criticising or saying it's an invalid approach, I believe each to their own - I'm just intrigued, it's a very different viewpoint to what one hears as the "norm".

    Keep up the good work by the way, I enjoy your posts.
     
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    My mom's side of my family is from the Pittsburgh area and all of them are Steelers fans, 2 of my uncle's went to school and played with Marino in high school....all I ever heard growing up was how amazing he was and how pissed they all were that the Steelers didn't draft him...fell in love with football and the Dolphins at 4 years old when I got my first Marino jersey...only game I have ever been to, Celeveland 1993...same day Marino ruptured his Achillies tendon...I was so excited because a kid I played football with in Virginia was related to JB Brown and was incited to the team hotel the night before the game...I got to meet Bryan Cox, Offerdahl, Terry Kirby and OJ McDuffie...I was bummed out i didn't get to meet Marino or Shula that night...the year Marino was elected to the HOF I was in PA for a family reunion which also turned out to be a surprise trip to his induction ceremony
     
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    Love this post dude! Incredible. Can kinda feel the emotion in it, love that it has been a family thing for you.
     
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    Super Bowl 17 Skins vs Dolphins Part II. I'm 5 years old and my parents are having a SB party in the basement of my house. 90% of the attendees were diehard Redskins fans. Myself and a few of my cousins were rooting for Miami. My cousins are diehard Cowboys fans so it'd be blasphemous indeed if they rooted for their hated rival. Me being only 5 years old those dark aqua uniforms always stood out; but Fulton Walker's KO return for TD to start the 2nd half gave me hope that Miami would win. Not only that but all the Skins fans were SILENT.


    I remember it being a very competitive game and then IT HAPPENED. The infamous John Riggins "run to glory TD" which was the nail in the coffin. Everyone (skins fans) went ballistic. I on the other hand was heartbroken; I cried myself to sleep that night. That night was when I took football seriously. So much so that months after that game I watched the 1983 NFL Draft and took mental notes. Before the draft even began all I kept hearing was John Elway or Dan Marino who's the better QB? Elway was tagged as the "once-in-a-generation" type player while Marino was tagged as the "super-talented but troubled" QB; of course due to the alleged rumors of drug abuse.


    Hours later and Miami Dolphins are on the clock. Analysts still in state of shock over some questionable draft selections ( KC taking Blackledge, NE taking Eason, NYJ taking O'Brien,etc.) say Don Shula has an early Christmas gift with Dan Marino still available. Minutes later Commisioner Rozelle "the Miami Dolphins select.....QB...Dan Marino from the University of Pittsburgh". I knew it was a big deal but had no clue HOW LUCKY I (freshly new Dolphins fan) WOULD BE TO WITNESS GREATNESS FOR 17 YEARS. As they say the rest is history.
     
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    NFL Blitz (forget the year) Would only play the Dolphins because of Marino
     
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    My uncle lived in Miami. I loved their colors, and thought Dan Marino was awesome.
     
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    I grew up and live in suburb outside of Philly. I always liked the #22 even had a pretty good HS RB have that number. Watching Mercury Morris when I was about 10 the occasional times the Fins were on and thats where I began being a Fins Diehard. I liked Gary Davis a few years later believe it or not. Was very excited when trading for Del Williams and when Cefalo was drafted. Gerald Small was my favorite D player. Many years of Dolphins Digest back in the day
    Certainly like the Eagles too but not really until Buddy Ryan became HC
     
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    When I was six years old, I kind of liked football, but was not yet a big fan and was not attached to an particular team.

    That year on Christmas day, I watched the longest game in NFL history with much of my family. Everyone was just completely wrapped up in that tense, hard fought match. When the Dolphins won, I began to get attached. A few weeks later when Dallas whipped the Dolphins in their first Super Bowl, I was angry and also felt sorry for them. At the time, I really knew nothing about any other team and I latched onto the Dolphins. I guess the timing was right because I then got to watch them go through two of the best seasons of NFL football ever played. I have been a strangely obsessed fan ever since.
     
  28. J. David Wannyheimer

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    I live in South Florida. I gotta root for the home team.

    With that said, despite my 50 billion posts on here, so I consider myself a diehard? No. Because when the team sucks, I don't lose sleep over it.
     
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    Thanks man. It still is to this day - my cousin flies a Dolphins flag in his front yard in Boca.
     
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    Been a fan since the 60s and hit the pedal in the early 80's. Decided I was going to drop the team once Shula and Marino because with those 2 guys at the helm any game could be won BUT here I am stoll hanging around so yea I am a diehard fan.
     
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    My Dad and my Uncle were watching a Dolphins game one fine Sunday afternoon in good ole Port St Lousy. Had nothing better to do and my P.E. Teacher taught us how to throw a football the week before. I liked how worked up they would get and I saw Ricky Williams. I also saw how awful Jay Fiedler was. My thought process went like this: I can do better than that dude. Maybe I’ll save the team one day. Maybe I’ll be the next Marino.

    The rest is history. I’m typing this from my winter yacht off the Mississippi River in La Crosse, WI

    And YES I am a diehard. The biggest football fan I know. Except for my best friend. He knows the X’s and O’s better than I do. We will be one of the best coaching tandems sooner or later
     
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    Both my dad and mom had relatives in South Florida, my aunt on my dads side lived in Fort Lauderdale and my cousin who was my god father lived in Deerfield Beach; while My uncle from my moms side lived in Coral Gables. Each year we’d travel down to visit them. I was already a fan because of Shula, Griese, Czonka and the No Name Defense. As a kid I became enamored with the team and team colors and would run to the candy store during football season, just to buy the topps football cards to collect, and try to get all the Dolphin player cards. I’d be glued to the TV when ever they were on. But It wasn’t until Directv came out and was able to watch the games every week that I became Phinatical!!! We’d also travel down to Joe Robbie every October to catch a game for almost a decade, back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Dan Marino took my level of Phandom to new heights back then. After moving from NYC to New Jersey and finally getting my own place, I began to search the internet to look for Dolphins news and stumbled across the Dolphins Blogs and Dolphins Fan sights like Finheaven which cemented my Phandom and As i approach my mid 50’s I continue to bleed aqua and orange!!!
     
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    Outside of my fiance, my brother and his wife, the Dolphins are the only thing I care about (football in general). It probably means too much to me, but that's just who I am.

    I was 6 years old when we lost to the Chargers in the '94 playoffs and balled my eyes out that day. Been hooked ever since.

    EDIT: I've lived in Washington state my entire life.
     
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    johngarry "Mysterious" Super Donator

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    family of DeLand Floridians (African/Georgia Seminole)... Flipper came to TV... Dolphins came to me. done.
     
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    I became not only a phins fan but a DIEHARD phins fan when they beat the pats to give my broncos homefield advantage in the playoffs leading to our Super Bowl win. I cannot thank the phins enough for being the Stockton to my Malone also happens that my best friend who's actually sitting on my yacht off the Mississippi is a die hard phins fan and happens to be my future DC when we take he NFL by storm and he rememberd as the best coaching duo that ever set foot on a football field #unitedinorange #phinnation
     
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    miamiron A True Fan

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    I became a Miami Dolphin fan in 1969(a terrible year) after
    a family vacation in Miami. We made the playoffs 12 out of the next 16 seasons
    but we all know where we stand today.

    At my age, I'm not sure how many years i'll have to wait
    for that turnaround but as a die hard fan I'd be willing
    to give up a few of those years to relive the glory of yesteryear
     
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    Grew up in NJ and hated all off the “local” teams - Mets, Yankees, Jets, Giants. First NFL game that I watched start-to-finish was the Jets-Dolphins Mud Bowl and I decided at the beginning of that game that I was a Dolphins fan. The Super Bowl got me even more interested, even though I remember having to go to bed before the game ended. Then came the draft and Dan Marino and I was completely hooked. I remember crying after the loss to Seattle in the ‘83 playoffs, and then the excitement of Marino absolutely ripping apart the Redskins in the 1984 season opener. That season, I cut out every newspaper and magazine article I could find and taped them to my bedroom doors.

    I started sneaking into the local sports bar in 1990. A few years later, a Dolphins fan that I met at the bar got the Sunday Ticket, which started 5 years of going to his house every Sunday to watch the Phins. In 1999, I bought a house and went with DirecTV for the singular purpose of watching the Dolphins every week. In all, I’ve missed one Dolphins game since 1990.

    Attended my first Dolphins game at Giants Stadium in 1986. My father happened to be friends with the Jets team pastor. He gave us his tickets, which were in the Jets players’ family section....and I show up with a Marino jersey, loudly making my presence felt. Needless to say, the first of many heartbreaking games, a 51-45 loss. First game in Miami was in 1993...unfortunately the season Marino was injured, and what I was expecting to be a great Phil Simms vs. Marino matchup turned into Steve DeBerg starting for the Dolphins.

    Most enjoyable visit to Miami was the 1995 season opener where the Phins crushed the Jets 52-14.

    Anyway, yes, diehard.
     
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    I was six years old in 1971 and I wanted a football helmet and uniform. The store had three different teams that I could remember. The Jets, Vikings, and the Dolphins. I liked the Dolphins uniform the best, plus the team was great so I have been a fan for 47 years now.
     
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    Grew up in Orlando in the 60's and 70's.....for those of you who are old enough to remember, we used to have a large Naval Training Center in town and my father worked for the department of the Navy. My earliest recollection of watching a Fins game was during the 71 season.....and I was hooked. Back then, the fins were the only Florida team and they were very good....so it was easy to become a fan. I have enjoyed every minute of it.
     
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    Jumped on board the Csonka train in 72 at age 5. Living just outside of Buffalo the 70s were awesome
    20-0 against the Bills.I was at the game in 1979 when Buffalo almost won but Tom Dempsey missed
    fg by a half of foot LOL
     
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