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New Dolphins T-shirt carries lengthy credo written by the players

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As the Dolphins try to put a challenging 2013 season behind them, they realize that they’re not that far away from becoming a true contender.  Their effort includes a T-shirt carrying a stream of slogans that were devised not by the coaching staff but by the players.

“It started in the offseason when [Coach Joe Philbin] came to a group of guys, veterans on the team, reiterating that this is our team,” defensive end Cameron Wake told PFT by phone on Tuesday night.  “If you go around any locker room, they’ll have all the mantras and the sayings.  From my experience, it’s been coach-driven, what they want the team statement to be.  He said it should come from you guys.  We sat down as a group of men, teammates, brothers and came up with a group of statements about what the Dolphins are and should be.”

Wake said that “everybody” was involved in coming up with slogans, which were collected and discussed.  The team then picked the best.

The end result, a “Miami Dolphins Credo,” has been placed onto a T-shirt.

“I am a Miami Dolphin,” the T-shirt reads.  “I am a warrior and a member of an unbeatable team.  I will always place the team first.  If I see something — I will say something — I commit to call it as it is.  I will develop undying trust with the man to my left and right.  I will never accept defeat.  I will never quit.  I am the change that I want to see in my team.  I live respect and truth telling.  I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, and proficient in my position tasks and drills.  I am a professional.  I am a Miami Dolphin.”

It’s no accident that the list begins and ends with “I am a Miami Dolphin.”

“Whatever you do, bad, good, great, terrible, it’s going to be attributed to the Miami Dolphins,” Wake said.  “Whatever you do, wherever you go, you are going to be representing this organization.”

The different sizes were used in large part to ensure that each sentence fit entirely on one line, and the large “I will never quit” sentence catches the eye.  And for good reason; last year’s scandal involving Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito was sparked by Martin essentially quitting on the team.  But Wake says that line is not about Martin.

“It never crossed my mind and never had anything to do with him whatsoever,” Wake said.  “I think about games like the Cincinnati game, like the Patriots game.  Where we have to fight until there’s no time left on the clock.”

The line “If I see something — I will say something — I commit to call it as it is” also invites speculation that it was influenced by the Martin/Incognito ordeal.  Wake says it’s actually about day-in and day-out efforts to hold teammates accountable in every way.  He explained that the new mindset resulted in 99-percent participation in the offseason program, and in a more vocal locker room and practice field when it comes to making sure everyone is doing everything he can to push the Dolphins to the next level.

“We’re not a zero-win team,” Wake said.  “We were a good football team that lost games we shouldn’t have.  To go in and tweak that small percentage to gain that extra yard, touchdown, gain hopefully comes from this whole effort.”

Whether intended or not, an effort to ensure accountability on and off the field will ensure that the 2014 Dolphins won’t be dealing with avoidable distractions like the one that may have ultimately affected the team’s ability to clinch a playoff berth after heading into the final two weeks at 8-6.  If the new attitude remains in place through the inevitable adversity that nearly every team encounters, maybe the Dolphins will end up being a lot better than expected this year.

 

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81 Responses to “New Dolphins T-shirt carries lengthy credo written by the players”
  1. odiemon65 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:31 PM

    You know what? I’m sure plenty of people will make fun of this, but I think it’s great. It owns the mistakes, stakes a claim for the future, and seems from the heart. Who wouldn’t want their players to vocalize (and merchandise) such passion?

  2. rextraordinaire says: Jul 29, 2014 9:32 PM

    This is my dolphin. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

  3. blacknole08 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:32 PM

    If I see something — I will say something — I commit to call it as it is. I will develop undying trust with the man to my left and right.

    ————————————————————–

    Why is this in small print on the shirt? This should be in BOLD.

  4. cribbage12 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:35 PM

    I hope they all take it one game at a time, give 110% and make sure they’re keeping it real, know what I’m saying?

  5. rickyspanish24 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:39 PM

    This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
    My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master blah blah blah blah blah no one cares.

  6. fivechampionships says: Jul 29, 2014 9:39 PM

    This is good coaching

  7. thephinatic says: Jul 29, 2014 9:42 PM

    Cameron wake is the freaking man.

  8. 6250claimer says: Jul 29, 2014 9:43 PM

    I can’t believe Philbin still has a job. Now this. This is high school stuff. Dolphins set for 1-15 meltdown this year.

  9. dabears2485 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:43 PM

    I can’t knock it. Something has to change there.

  10. underrated49ers says: Jul 29, 2014 9:48 PM

    They did not make this up on their own. All they did was change the words to “The Soldiers Creed” that every single Basic Trainee learns when they first join the army.

    The soldier’s creed is as follows:

    I am an American Soldier.
    I am a warrior and a member of a team.
    I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.

    I will always place the mission first.
    I will never accept defeat.
    I will never quit.
    I will never leave a fallen comrade.

    I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
    I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
    I am an expert and I am a professional.
    I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
    I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

    I am an American Soldier

    The least they could do is acknowledge the source material.

  11. quidditchworldchamps says: Jul 29, 2014 9:52 PM

    Are we just glossing over that this is almost a line-for-line ripoff of the Soldiers Creed?

  12. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jul 29, 2014 9:52 PM

    Very good, good luck this year fish many are pulling for you

  13. dabeast1377 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:55 PM

    If a bunch of grown men need a T shirt to teach them how to act, you have major problems. Hopefully they dont go reading the wrong shirts. Never know what Pounceys Tee might say when he shows up.

  14. dhalb34 says: Jul 29, 2014 9:58 PM

    See a couple lines from the Soldiers Creed we’ve said a million times in the Army, way to be original Miami.

  15. teal379 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:02 PM

    The term “warrior” is overused in sports.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 29, 2014 10:03 PM

    It’s a positive effort that was born from good intentions. Well done, even though I prefer medium rare.

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 29, 2014 10:03 PM

    It’s a positive effort that was born from good intentions. Well done, even though I prefer medium rare.

  18. soulmancer says: Jul 29, 2014 10:05 PM

    It’s good that the Dolphins seem to be united around changing the culture and perception of the team. They feel they have something to prove, and between that and Ryan Tannehill’s continuing development, they may be dangerous in 2014.

  19. phillyfinsfan says: Jul 29, 2014 10:06 PM

    WE ARE ALWAYS AVERAGE

  20. doe22us says: Jul 29, 2014 10:17 PM

    Shirts, great what will be next letter jackets??Looking at you Texans.

  21. gayforbrady says: Jul 29, 2014 10:21 PM

    Dolphin players, coaching staff and owners have nothing to be sorry for.

    This sign of weakness will only lead to more failure.

  22. tolan04 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:24 PM

    Does it say anywhere will be 0-2 vs buffalo again?

  23. minormillikin says: Jul 29, 2014 10:27 PM

    Football players are not warriors.

  24. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 29, 2014 10:27 PM

    That’s cute.

  25. thehawg says: Jul 29, 2014 10:27 PM

    I wouldn’t buy it or wear it.

  26. toddheappp says: Jul 29, 2014 10:29 PM

    you cant copy the soldier’s creed then say you came up with it.

  27. canetic says: Jul 29, 2014 10:35 PM

    Four score and seven losses ago…

  28. 121jiggajjwatt says: Jul 29, 2014 10:37 PM

    WOW!! Really?! As an active duty Army soldier I am both appalled by this lame rip off of our soldiers creed of the US Army and surprised by their complete lack of originality. Actually after reading about the Head Coaches son and what he tried to get over and hide with his DUi, I can guess where they got the idea! Smh

    Here is the actual original creed they ripped off…
    Soldier’s Creed
    I am an American Soldier.
    I am a Warrior and a member of a team.
    I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.
    I will always place the mission first.
    I will never accept defeat.
    I will never quit.
    I will never leave a fallen comrade.
    I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
    I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
    I am an expert and I am a professional.
    I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
    I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
    I am an American Soldier.

  29. chinahand11 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:37 PM

    Heck I’m going to get one of those T shirts. Stand strong, fellows!

  30. 34defense2014 says: Jul 29, 2014 10:38 PM

    Yeah ok, this had nothing to do with Martin No, never! Right, sure!

  31. garyridgway says: Jul 29, 2014 10:43 PM

    I like it. Good for the Dolphins.

    Its a good thing Philbin left it to the players cuz that guy would have probably screwed it up.

  32. catquick says: Jul 29, 2014 10:46 PM

    Unbeatable???? I….don’t….think…..sooooooo!!!!!

  33. crimsonchin15 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:05 PM

    Stolen from the Army Creed.

  34. phinsfanjoz says: Jul 29, 2014 11:06 PM

    You can’t really fault players of any team for wanting to bolster their professional camaraderie.

    Regardless of what ends up actually happening when games start counting, ideals like “Being the change you want to be” and “Never quitting” are laudable goals that all people, football players or not, could strive to meet.

  35. drewzducks says: Jul 29, 2014 11:13 PM

    “I will not be part of a playoff team, again.”

  36. Gordon says: Jul 29, 2014 11:22 PM

    Philbin will be fired this year & the t-shirt will be forgotten.

  37. Big Ant TV says: Jul 29, 2014 11:24 PM

    where can i buy this shirt??

  38. jaykubs says: Jul 29, 2014 11:25 PM

    31st in the PFT rankings, philbin on the hot seat, no leadership in the locker room, etc, etc, etc… we’ll see at the end of the season just how wrong the pundits have been.

  39. mcote111 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:32 PM

    This is crap. It was taken from the US Army Soldier’s Creed. Totally disrespectfrul to those who serve and have served. Disgraceful!!!!!!

  40. SparkyGump says: Jul 29, 2014 11:41 PM

    They’ve got to change those uniforms back. Horribly generic.

  41. cowboysmb3dw28 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:42 PM

    Okay I am in the army. And this quote is a LOT like the Soldier’s Creed. The only difference between ” I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, and proficient in my position tasks and drills” is the soldier’s creed says “trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills”.

    I know it’s not relevant in any way that it’s so similar to the Soldier’s Creed. Just something I found interesting.

  42. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 29, 2014 11:43 PM

    Management never lives up to the propaganda rules that labor is expected to strictly adhere.

    In fact management will rationalize that rules are made to be broken.

    There should be one morality for all.

  43. pauliewalnutsthe2nd says: Jul 29, 2014 11:46 PM

    This is my dolphin. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

    I’ve seen movies that start like this, granted they are all XXX, but I’ve seen movies that start like this…

  44. JackedUpSports says: Jul 29, 2014 11:47 PM

    sure it’s heart warming, but it doesn’t change the fact that Philbin is still coaching for his job this year and Tannehill is nearly playing for his.

    4-12

  45. oopsipeedmypants says: Jul 29, 2014 11:57 PM

    I’d be willing to bet money that Philbin doesn’t get the credit he deserves for promoting this kind of optimism and exhibiting leadership. He’ll be castrated, however, if anything goes wrong.

  46. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jul 30, 2014 12:07 AM

    “I Will Never Quit”

    That’s what I said before I found myself filling out paperwork for unemployment benefits.

  47. VenerableAxiom says: Jul 30, 2014 12:27 AM

    In January the upper management of my employer held a meeting with a group of us to give us our vision for the new year. Instead of them creating it and presenting it to us, they our group the opportunity to determine our strengths, weakness, and how best to take advantage of both. After three days, and a lot of thought, discussion and debate, we got it done. When I read this, that immediately came to mind.

    The thing that was so great about it, is that we all had come to that consensus, and as a result we all felt empowered and committed to making it happen. As for the Fins who knows what it means for the season, but from my experience, there will be a bond and commitment to the common goal. Say what you want about Philbin, but this was a good idea.

  48. northlandwi says: Jul 30, 2014 12:28 AM

    Philbins Green Bay roots showing through. Love this.

  49. keepyerstickontheice says: Jul 30, 2014 12:29 AM

    They should have read that before going out and laying a goose egg in the Bills game.

  50. northlandwi says: Jul 30, 2014 12:30 AM

    Maybe Congress needs to make a similar shirt so they can finally get something done and believe in America again

  51. In Teddy We Trust says: Jul 30, 2014 12:40 AM

    The measure of a team is how many slogans it has.

  52. carl lafong says: Jul 30, 2014 1:14 AM

    Guess Dion didn’t get the shirt.

  53. fishtank86 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:24 AM

    I applaud Wake’s efforts to step up as a leader on and off the field for this team. 10 wins this season and wildcard for Miami.

  54. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 30, 2014 1:52 AM

    Sales are slow.

  55. spfripp says: Jul 30, 2014 1:52 AM

    I would love to get one of these shirts but I guess it would not be anything special if everyone were to wear them.

  56. sailbum7 says: Jul 30, 2014 1:58 AM

    This is good therapy for a team that really needs to pull together and start acting like a team. It was very smart of the coaches to let the players come up with this credo, not make it up tthemselves and then give it to the team. They will have much greater investment in it since they came up with it themselves. The Dolphins have the individual talent they need, all they need to be a 12 win team is to start working like a team both on and off the field.

  57. britishraven says: Jul 30, 2014 2:03 AM

    This sounds like something you’d say sat Kindergarten

  58. nostalgicsound says: Jul 30, 2014 2:50 AM

    I dig this. Coming from a franchise that has seen some pretty low lows and is acknowledging it but has a optimistic view towards their future. This shirt is a good way to convey their message at the beginning of the season. Bravo dolphins, bravo coach.

  59. cylondetector says: Jul 30, 2014 4:33 AM

    I am a Miami Dolphin.
    I will always remind others than I am not a fish, but a mammal.
    I AM a Miami Dolphin.

  60. mfinsrule says: Jul 30, 2014 5:59 AM

    Even more impressive……………. Florio wrote this. Without any snarky comments!!

  61. msadpoet says: Jul 30, 2014 6:12 AM

    Dolphins fan here. The problem with this is that every line starts with “I”. Isn’t there a saying something like “There is no I in team?” Would have liked it better if it started each line with WE…

  62. dapollock69 says: Jul 30, 2014 6:46 AM

    Does the back of the shirt have J-Lo’s concert dates?

  63. realtimeeyes says: Jul 30, 2014 7:14 AM

    I had a shirt like that in the 7th grade.

  64. rskins14 says: Jul 30, 2014 7:22 AM

    They could have come up with something original! That follows the Army’s Warrior Ethos except for a couple of different words. Great concept for the team though and hope it brings value to the team.

  65. rutchaser says: Jul 30, 2014 7:27 AM

    I like it but I would remove the “unbeatable” team part. No one is unbeatable.

  66. rskins14 says: Jul 30, 2014 7:30 AM

    They could have come up with something original. Except for a couple different words, it reads almost exactly like the Warrior Ethos which the Army has used the last 10 yrs or so. That being said, I like it and hope it works for the Dolphins.

  67. titansbro says: Jul 30, 2014 7:55 AM

    Awe how cute.

  68. moose02301 says: Jul 30, 2014 7:56 AM

    That’s the cheesiest thing I’ve ever read. Sounds like it was written by a bunch of soccer moms.

  69. dmretrogames says: Jul 30, 2014 8:16 AM

    “I will not cry like a baby if some meany picks on me”

  70. finz4eva says: Jul 30, 2014 8:17 AM

    The Dolphinz haven’t seen good coaching since the 20th century.

  71. cubano76 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:19 AM

    “I am about to get my tail handed to me in a few weeks!”

  72. bengal4life says: Jul 30, 2014 8:25 AM

    Kind of a joke

  73. beachsidejames says: Jul 30, 2014 8:39 AM

    This is a young team that has been through some bad times and are trying to stick together. They as players did this on their own time…a step in the right direction.

  74. getitrightflorio says: Jul 30, 2014 8:52 AM

    Its actually pretty pathetic that this even taken place, how about focusing on getting better instead of sitting down and coming up with some credo players were forced to do by coaches. Typical dolphins.

  75. nflgreedleague says: Jul 30, 2014 8:56 AM

    maybe the Dolphins will end up being a lot better than expected this year.

    Well they’ll definitely be better then PTF has predicted. If this team is picking 2nd in the draft next year I’ll be shocked!

  76. ProDolphinsTalk says: Jul 30, 2014 8:58 AM

    This is great. I’m glad Cam reminded everyone they were a really good football team at times last year and have been so at times the last few years. Tell me when’s the last time a Dolphins team went into Pittsburgh and won a shootout in the snow?? Every team goes through it’s ups and downs but I firmly believe this is the year all the pieces fall into place and the team nets double digit wins. A victory in Week 1 vs. NE will be the opening statement to set the tone.

    GO DOLPHINS.

  77. weepingjebus says: Jul 30, 2014 9:24 AM

    Looking forward to hanging one of these in the rafters in Foxboro, right next to the Texans letterman jacket.

  78. Fantasy Football Consultant says: Jul 30, 2014 10:26 AM

    Won some they shouldn’t of, lost a a few they should’ve won. 58 sacks and the Martin saga… And 8-6 with 2 to go?? They don’t get enough respect. This is the team that knocks off Bill when Brady is gone and or on the decline. It’s a light flickering in the distance. It’s getting bigger everyday.

  79. elyasm says: Jul 30, 2014 10:45 AM

    Unbeatable?

    Signed,
    A Pats Fan

  80. jaxdolfan says: Jul 30, 2014 11:27 AM

    It should have said this:

    I am a Miami Dolphin
    Our owner is a lifeling Jets fan
    He changed the logo to looks like the Jets logo
    We are doomed to be the Jets 2.0
    Jump ship while you can

  81. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 30, 2014 2:16 PM

    A shirt needs to be more concise for crying out loud. Who has time to read all that?

    How about,
    We are the Miami Dolphins and when the last undefeated NFL team finally loses, we pop the champagne.

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