How I became a Dolphins fan I can probably guess why a lot of you Floridians became Dolphins fans, but it’s probably a different story for me. Back when I was a young lad at 7-8 years old many of the kids in my neighborhood collected sports trading cards, baseball and football for me. We also spent time walking around the local sports stores, there were no Sports Authority’s or Dick’s Sporting Goods etc. back then. You’d see posters on the walls of all the great players in all the major sports. We’d play football and baseball and pretend to be the many different stars we knew about from those trading cards and posters. Games were not on TV like they are now, only the local games. There was no internet for information. To hear about teams not in the local area, was through your cards and word of mouth from the older kids and adults, and when those great teams were on Game of the Week, MNF or in the playoffs.
Getting a jersey of your favorite players on Christmas was the most exciting thing. You wanted to wear it and play ball but didn’t want get it dirty or ripped. In the early 70’s the NFL teams that were popular in my neighborhood were the Cowboys, Dolphins, Steelers, Raiders, Redskins and Vikings. I didn’t like the Giants and Jets boring looking uniforms. Joe Namath didn’t excite me like he did others.
I gravitated towards the Dolphins, Redskins and Steelers. Why those 3 you ask? Well I’ll tell you. Back to the word on the street about which players were the best. I wanted a Charlie Taylor Redskins jersey #42. He was talked about as a great WR and I liked to run and catch the ball. He was a Redskin and I always rooted for the indians against the cowboys in movies and shows. Something about the way they lived and what they had to deal with. All of us pretended to be Franco Harris #32 when he hit the scene. Lynn Swann was known for those exciting catches. Mean Joe Green and Terry Bradshaw. Jack Ham and Lambert.
Now you know why I hated the Cowboys from the beginning. That and probably because my friend’s older brother was a fan and he was a cocky bastard. I guess that’s part of being a Cowboys fan. Nothing has changed. Loved watching the Steelers beat them. LOL But those Dolphins players and their Head Coach, there was something about them. There were posters of a half a dozen of them hanging in those sports stores, yes even in NJ. Shula, Griese, Czonka, Morris, Warfield, Buoniconti. They were the Miami Dolphins. For those of us in the NE, Florida was thought of to be a paradise where it’s summer all year long. I loved dolphins the mammal. Their team colors looked Florida. This was a team that went undefeated. This was the team I watched play in the SB for three straight years even though I didn’t really understand all there was to know about the game. Then one year all of a sudden I was getting only Dolphins jerseys for Christmas. LOL
I’m not exactly sure of the exact time line with any of this, or when I made the choice to become strictly a Dolphins fan, but it was by the (early) mid 70’s. Probably should have picked the Steelers. They went on their run at the time I chose the Dolphins. 8 Super Bowls and 6 wins. Oh well. LOL