Good luck narrowing the Miami Mt. Rushmore to four

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It’s been a while since the Dolphins have had many dominant players.  But they had more than their fair share in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.

So many that it won’t be easy to trim the list of all-time great Dolphins to four.

You get your chance below to help us identify the 12 or so that will eventually be trimmed to four.

Good luck now.  Better luck later.

If you want to chime in on any of the other teams whose nomination process has begun, the full list of links is right here.

137 responses to “Good luck narrowing the Miami Mt. Rushmore to four

  1. Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland, Stephen Ross, Chad Henne?

    Actually, it’s not that hard. Dan Marino, Don Shula, Larry Csonka, Joe Robbie. Maybe Bob Griese. Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas would probably make it on just about any other team.

  2. If it’s only players I would say: Dan Marino, Jason Taylor, Bob Griese, and Larry Little. Others I would consider: Richmond Webb, Zach Thomas, Sam Madison, Mark Duper, Larry Czonka, and Bob Kuechenberg

  3. Shula, Marino, Czonka and Griese… Outside of Marino, the other guys brought Miami a Superbowl Championship (the only championship that counts) and Marino is more than Iconic. I find the 4 man list to be very easy.

  4. Lots of greatness to choose from but the answer is, who are joe robbie, don shula, bob griese and dan marino.

  5. Don Shula
    Dan Marino
    Larry Csonka
    Jason Taylor

    Honorable mentions: Bob Griese and Zach Thomas

  6. Only retired 3 numbers: Marino, Griese, Czonka, so they’re the locks to go along with Don Shula

    Honorable Mention: Jason Taylor, Larry Little, Zach Thomas

    Noteworthy: The Marks Brothers (Duper & Clayton), Jim Langer, Dwight Stevenson, Bob Kuechenberg & Richmond Webb

  7. czonka
    bob griese
    Marino
    Paul warfield

    Hm
    Zach Thomas
    j Taylor ( I still hold a grudge that Taylor won def poy in the year that champ bailey had argueably the greatest season for a cornerback- more ints than completions against is an unbelievable stat…and jason did with average stats that aldon Smith has dwarfed in both his seasons)
    bonacontti (spelling?)
    m Fernandez
    m Morris
    m Clayton
    j scott

  8. Of course, I’d settle for Marino, Griese, Shula and Csonka (honourable mention for Dwight Stephenson, Nick Buoniconti and possibly Jason Taylor).

  9. If you want to truly represent the franchise and all it’s history then it goes like this…
    Joe Robbie – Owner/founder represents the 1960’s and the teams conception.
    Don Shula – Hall of Fame/winningest coach of all time represents the 1970’s and the perfect season.
    Dan Marino – NFL’s greatest pure passer of all time represents the 1980’s and is the franchises most iconic figure.
    Jason Taylor – First ballot Hall of Fame defender that represents the 1990’s to present.

    But if its just players then it goes…
    Bob Griese
    Larry Csonka
    Dan Marino
    Jason Taylor

  10. I saw a handful of legitimate lists on here that didn’t include Dan Marino’s name. Thats just crazy.

    With this team you certainly didn’t have to reach for a fourth face like you did with the Cardinals for instance. Or even a 3rd face, like you did with…the cardinals for instance.

  11. yeah, Shula and Marino are easy. the second two a bit more difficult. I think you have to choose from the other seven Dolphins that are in the Hall of Fame:

    Warfield, Langer, Little, Griese, Stephenson, Buoniconti and Csonka. Can’t consider Jason Taylor or even Zach Thomas since they aren’t in the HOF yet. Of those seven, I would go with Csonka and Griese but a case could be made for all of those guys. Tough one.

  12. With Shula and Marino as locks that leaves spots for two of the following:

    Griese
    Csonka
    Warfield
    Dwight Stephenson
    Jason Taylor

    Warfield was an all-time great WR but was underutilized and had some of his best years in Cleveland. Griese barely threw the ball in his two Super Bowl wins and missed most of the undefeated season. I think it comes down to the other three.

    Taylor’s the greatest defensive player in team history. Stephenson’s career was somewhat short but many think he was the most dominant center of all time. Csonka split carries with Morris and Kiick but was the heart and soul of the two championship teams and probably the most loved player in team history besides Marino. Very tough call.

    Going with Shula, Marino, Taylor and Stephenson.

  13. Robbie, Shula, Marino, Csonka

    But, for some guys that were fun to watch and root for:

    AJ Duhe
    Jim Jensen (QB to special teamer to WR)
    The Bruise Brothers (Lyle and Glenn Blackwood)

  14. Not Csonka. Much as I loved him, he bailed in 1974 and we were never the same afterwards. Therefore…

    Shula
    Griese
    Marino
    Taylor

    That’ s it. I wouldn’t pick Robbie any more than I would Bobby Beathard.

  15. What’s funny is all the guys naming Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas, no they wouldn’t make it on
    Your team or anyone else’s. they were great players on bad teams but not iconic players for the franchise!

  16. Robbie- founder always should make it
    Marino- greatest QB franchise has seen
    Shula- one of greatest coaches off all time
    Griese- winner of only championship!

  17. Joe Robbie
    Don Shula
    Dan Marino
    Jason Taylor
    HM: Stephenson, Thomas, Csonka, Griese, Offerdhal

  18. For me:

    Shula
    Marino
    Griese
    Csonka

    Many others to choose from, Stephenson, Little, Langer, Webb, Taylor, Thomas… but the one that not enough mention, who SHOULD be in the HOF…

    Bob Kuechenberg. Pro Bowl in two different decades, with approaches/QBs that were about as different as possible (running in the 70s, Marino in the 80s).

    Kooch is just as deserving as than Willie Roaf, Larry Allen, Dermontti Dawson, or Randall McDaniel.

  19. Really shocked that pretty much no one mentioned Joe Robbie (okay, 1 other person did) . Joe wasn’t your typical wealthy owner, mainly because he wasn’t hugely wealthy… but any professional sports team in Miami or Florida for that matter – owes him a debt of gratitude. He was the pioneer. He ended up building (at the time) the ONLY privately financed stadium in the league which used to bear his name. Mr Huizinga stripped his name from the stadium and hid his statue in a dark corner under the stadium… kudos for Stephen Ross unearthing it, and prominently displaying it again.

    To me you have to start Mt Rushmore with:

    Joe Robbie
    Don Shula

    And being forced to only four… finish it up with the two HoF QB’s:

    Bob Griese
    Dan Marino

    As others have stated, there are many many more deserving candidates… many in the HoF, some who may yet be entering the HoF, and others deserving of the HoF.

    I’m confident that one of those other names will replace Joe Robbie in this particular endeavor… because this is a fans vote, and a HoF player is lots more sexy than an owner (one with a legendary reputation for being skinflint tight at that. lol) But honestly… without Joe Robbie, the Dolphins wouldn’t exist. It will be like leaving George Washington off the real Mt Rushmore IMO.

  20. we get 12 picks? Okay then…the 7 above, plus Kuechenberg, Little, Langer, Webb, and Warfield (though he probably belongs on Cleveland’s Mt. Rushmore)…do this again in ten years and Tannehill might be good enough for it…this Aggies fan can only hope…

  21. Of course Marino and Shula. Then I was going to go with Griese and Csonka but Twyger’s post swayed me and I agree with it:

    Don Shula
    Dan Marino
    Joe Robbie
    Bob Griese

  22. Joe Robbie
    Dan Marino
    Don Shula
    Larry Czonka

    Honorable Mention
    Jason Taylor
    Paul Warfield
    Mark Clayton
    Mark Duper
    Zach Thomas
    Dwight Stephenson
    Richmond Webb
    Bob Kuechenberg
    Larry Little
    Bob Griese
    Manny Fernandez

  23. Dwight Stephenson was one of the best Centers to ever play the game. He’s a Hall of Famer who has to rank real high.

  24. Apparently Jason Taylor was really loved in Miami. But is he greater than Nick Buoniconti? Marino had great stats and longevity, but did he win Super Bowls like Griese did? The youngsters don’t know how great Paul Warfield was.
    Larry Csonka
    Jake Scott
    Larry Little
    Don Shula
    Joe Robbie

  25. I’m surprised there’s not more love for Mark Clayton, Nat Moore and John Offerdahl, but it’s tough with all the HOF’ers in team history.

  26. Not a Dolphins fan, but you’ve got to admire the franchise. However, I don’t see why their Mt. Rushmore should be “harder to narrow down” than any other team’s

    Miami have eleven guys in Canton, and Joe Robbie (9 spent whole career with team,), the Redskins have 31 (28 spent whole career with team), the Giants have 28 (19 spent whole career with team), the Steelers have 23 (22 spent whole career with team).

    Point is not that the Dolphins don’t have a very contentious battle for the top four spots, just that it isn’t any “harder to narrow down” than for most historically strong franchises.

  27. Danny Thomas?

    The Dolphins have had some great players over the years, but none was better than Dwight Stephenson. He didn’t have a long career, but if you never got to see him play, you missed something special.

  28. Joe Robbie
    Don Shula
    Dan Marino
    Have to be locks

    Ideally you have 5 including Csonka and J. Taylor,
    but I could see Bob Greise bumping Taylor on some peoples list.
    It’s a tough four to pick out alright.

  29. wow – not much love for Larry Little…one of the best Guards of all time.

    Marino, Shula and Csonka seem like automatics.

    After that, its a toss up with Taylor, Thomas, Stephenson and Little for me.

    I go with favoritism on my last one…

    Zach gets the nod.

  30. Csonka
    Marino
    Shula
    Taylor

    Honorable Mention
    Dick Anderson
    Jake Scott
    Paul Warfield
    Zach Thomas
    Dwight Stephenson
    Larry Little
    Mercury Morris
    Mark Duper
    Mark Clayton

  31. If I can use non-players then:

    Joe Robbie
    Don Shula
    Larry Csonka
    Dan Marino

    If only players:

    Larry Little
    Larry Csonka
    Dan Marino
    Jason Taylor

  32. The Dolphins can also thank the late Carroll Rosenbloom, the then-Baltimore Colts owner, for being so angry and impatient with Don Shula – that it led to Shula taking over the reigns in Miami. Shula was a thorn in the Colts side for years – and led the Dolphins to many legendary seasons.

    Similarly, Giants Nation can thank then-Jacksonville owner Wayne Weaver, for losing his patience and firing Tom Coughlin.

  33. Shula Marino Csonka Griese Robbie Taylor Thomas Duper Clayton

    HM
    Little
    Kuchenberg
    Morris

  34. Shula
    Marino
    Greise
    Csonka

    Honorable mention:

    Duper
    Clayton
    Strockt
    Ricky Williams (I know!)
    Mercury Morris

    Have to get pretty far down on this list to find the 70’s no-name defensive stars…..

    Jason Taylor? Really? Whiffed every time against decent offensive lineman. Zach Thomas overachieved, but Mt. Rushmore? No one remembers him outside of Dade County

  35. Don Shula
    Dan “Mr. Regular Season” Marino
    Larry Csonka
    Joe Robbie

    Honorable mention–Manny Fernandez, Dwight Stephenson, Mark Clayton, Mark Duper, Larry Little

    No mention of the severely overrated Jason Taylor, John Offerdahl, and Zack Thomas

  36. Since they didn’t give much in the way of rules, how about we think outside the box?
    The number ’72’ would free us up nicely for three other worthy warriors while honoring the ultimate achievement of the ultimate team sport.

  37. Keeping it players only:

    Dan Marino
    Jason Taylor
    Zach Thomas
    Larry Csonka

    Honorable Mention:

    Nick Buoniconti
    Larry Little
    Dwight Stephenson
    Paul Warfield

  38. This one will leave off some greats…

    Don Shula
    Dan Marino
    Paul Warfield
    Larry Csonka

    HM: Bob Griese and Jason Taylor (though as a Redskins fan, I hate saying that)

  39. Marino
    Shula
    Csonka
    Buoniconti

    Griese were great, but how indispensable was Griese if Earl Morrall lead the team to most of the perfect season.

    Jason Taylor belongs on the DWTS Mt. Rushmore, not here.

    And here is one vote for Manny Fernandez, who I think was one of the most underrated members of that defense. He was unblockable in SB VII and could easily have been SB MVP.

  40. Don Shula, Bob Griese, Larry Csonka and Dan Marino (three retired numbers and the architect of the franchise; relatively straightforward)

  41. bem75 says:
    May 18, 2013 6:44 PM
    Jim Jensen – QB
    Jim Jensen – RB
    Jim Jensen – WR
    Jim Jensen – TE

    My dad used to sell him and Joe Rose weed back in the 80s.

  42. The Core Four:

    Don Shula
    Bob Griese
    Dan Marino
    Joe Robbie

    Honorable Mentions:

    Larry Csonka
    Jim Langer
    Nick Buoniconti
    Larry Little
    Dwight Stephenson
    Bob Keuchenberg
    Mark Clayton
    Mark Duper
    Richmond Webb
    Jason Taylor
    Zach Thomas
    Paul Warfield
    Bob Baumhower
    Bill Arnsparger

  43. In no particular order …

    Joe Robbie
    Don Shula
    Dan Marino

    And this was very tough between Csonka, Stevenson and Little but I have to give the nod to Stevenson. Even though he had a shorter career I don’t know how you leave off the best Center to ever play the game. The other three are the best owner, coach and QB to ever play so why not the Center too.

  44. Well, the obvious two: Shula & Marino

    I think the next two need to come from the following (probably in order, although I’m not sure if an owner should really make the list or not, but Joe Robbie did a great job building that franchise and built that stadium with his own money).

    Joe Robbie
    Bob Griese (14 seasons as a Dolphin)
    Jason Taylor
    Zach Thomas
    Dwight Stephenson
    Larry Little

    Buoniconti is tough because although I think of him as the leader of the No Name Defense, he did spend half his career with the Patriots.

  45. I’d go with Robbie, Shula, Marino and Csonka because they are what I envision when I picture the “face” of the franchise. All though he was a Dolphin great, I do have issue with putting Taylor up there simply because he was once a Jet. No Jet should be on the Dolphin’s Mt. Rushmore.

  46. Very easy for the top ten
    Don Shula
    Dan Marino
    Larry Csonka
    Bob Greise
    Zach Thomas
    Jason Taylor
    Doug Betters
    Dwight Stephenson
    Jim Langer
    Larry Little

  47. Amazed at all the Dolphans having so much trouble with this. Let me try to clear things up:

    1. Don Shula

    2. Dan Marino

    3. Joe Robbie

    4. Entire 1972 17-0 Team

    Due to the fact that the 1972 Dolphins are the ONLY team ever to have gone undefeated, they have earned the right to have one of the “faces” on Dolphins Mt. Rushmore depict their greatest accomplishment, the entire team!

    FINS UP BABY!

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