Miami Dolphins

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American Football League (1966–69) (1966 expansion team)

  • Eastern Division (1966–69)

National Football League (1970–present)

  • Miami Dolphins (1966–present)
  • AFC: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1984
  • AFC East: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2008
  • NFL: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008
  • Miami Orange Bowl (1966–86)
  • Sun Life Stadium (1987–present)
    • a.k.a. Joe Robbie Stadium (1987–96)
    • a.k.a. Pro Player Stadium (1997–2004)
    • a.k.a. Dolphins Stadium (2005)
    • a.k.a. Dolphin Stadium (2006–09)
    • a.k.a. Land Shark Stadium (2009–10)

The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami metropolitan area in Florida. The team is part of the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Dolphins play home games at Sun Life Stadium in the northern suburb of Miami Gardens, and have their headquarters at the Miami Dolphins Training Facility in Davie, Florida.

The Dolphins team was founded by Joe Robbie, and began play in the American Football League (AFL) as an expansion team in 1966 – an example of the AFL's expanding into to parts of the United States that had not possessed professional football teams. In 1970, the Dolphins joined the NFL when the AFL–NFL merger occurred. The Dolphins are the oldest continually-operating major-league professional sports franchise in the state of Florida.

The team made its first Super Bowl appearance following the 1971 season in Super Bowl VI, but lost to the Dallas Cowboys. In 1972, the Dolphins team completed the NFL's first and only perfect season culminating in a Super Bowl win, winning all 14 of its regular-season games, both of its NFL playoff games, and also Super Bowl VII. The Dolphins thus became the first NFL team to accomplish a perfect regular season and the first professional football team in any league to accomplish a complete perfect season. The Dolphins also won Super Bowl VIII, becoming the first team to appear in three consecutive Super Bowls, and the second team (the first AFL/AFC team) to win back-to-back championships. Miami also appeared in Super Bowl XVII and Super Bowl XIX, losing both games.

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