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

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.

 

81 responses to “New Dolphins T-shirt carries lengthy credo written by the players

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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…

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. “I Will Never Quit”

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

  20. 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.

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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…

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

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

  33. 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.

  34. 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

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