The Miami Dolphins announced former defensive end Jeff Cross, cornerback Sam Madison, running back Tony Nathan and guard Ed Newman will be inducted into the team’s Walk of Fame on September 21, 2014 in ceremonies as part of the team’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The announcement was made following the team’s Training Camp practice at Sun Life Stadium, where the Miami Dolphins hosted their Annual Alumni BBQ in the Hall of Champions for former players.
The Miami Dolphins this year will honor great players from the different eras in team history.
Newman falls into the team’s foundation era from 1966-75. Newman started at both right and left guard for the Dolphins from 1973-84, going to Super Bowls VIII, XVII and XIX with the team. He was selected to the AFC Pro Bowl squad following the 1981-84 seasons and was named the team’s Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1980-81. Newman is currently still active in the community, serving as a Miami-Dade County criminal court judge.
Nathan was dominant during the Dolphins’ 1976-85 era in his role as the starting running back in Super Bowls XVII and XIX. He accumulated 3,543 career yards rushing and 383 career receptions for 3,592 yards. Nathan, who also garnered 32 touchdowns during his career, is the only player in Dolphins history to rank among the team’s top 10 leaders in career rushing yards and receptions. Following his playing days with the team from 1979-87, Nathan served as an assistant coach with the Dolphins from 1989-95.
Cross represents the Miami Dolphins Walk of Fame for the 1986-95 era. The defensive end, who let his presence be felt on the field from 1988-96, was tapped for the Pro Bowl following the 1990 season. His 59.5 career sacks rank as the fifth-highest total in team history.
The fourth era of team history the Miami Dolphins will recognize for the Walk of Fame for 2014 is from 1996-2008. Madison garnered high praise during his playing years on the team from 1997-2005. Following the 1999 season, he became the first cornerback in team history to be selected to the Pro Bowl and also earned the distinction following three other seasons with the Dolphins (2000, 2001 and 2002). A three-time All-Pro (1999, 2000 and 2001), Madison’s 31 career interceptions rank him third all time in team history.
Fans are invited to attend the ceremony and unveiling during the September 21 match against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Walk of Fame was dedicated in 2012 at the Joe Robbie Alumni Plaza at Gate C of Sun Life Stadium. It was established to recognize individuals who played significant roles making the Miami Dolphins one of the flagship franchises in professional sports. The centerpiece of the Plaza is the rededicated Joe Robbie statue. The Joe Robbie Alumni Plaza is designed to honor the alumni and coaches that have been a part of the team's 49-year history. The past honorees inducted to the Walk of Fame are listed below in the class they were enshrined:
The 2013 class included linebacker/defensive end Kim Bokamper, wide receiver O.J. McDuffie, running back Eugene ‘Mercury’ Morris and guard Keith Sims.
The 2012 class of ‘Unsung Heroes’ included defensive tackle Tim Bowens, linebacker/defensive end AJ Duhe, defensive end Manny Fernandez, wide receiver Nat Moore and quarterbacks Earl Morrall and Don Strock.
The 2011 inaugural class were team founder Joe Robbie and the members of the Dolphins enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Head Coach Don Shula and players linebacker Nick Buoniconti, fullback Larry Csonka, quarterback Bob Griese, center Jim Langer, guard Larry Little, quarterback Dan Marino, center Dwight Stephenson and wide receiver Paul Warfield.
In addition, the Miami Dolphins announced Alumni Weekend will take place December 19-21, concluding with the Minnesota Vikings game against the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 21, where the Miami Dolphins will bestow Honor Roll induction upon a legendary former member of the Miami Dolphins.
To purchase tickets to these special tributes and the live action of Dolphins football, go to Dolphins.com or call 1-888-FINS-TIX.