Smith, Stephenson To Announce Selections At NFL Draft

Posted Apr 24, 2012

Nina Smith can recall attending Miami Dolphins home games at the Orange Bowl during The Perfect Season as if they happened yesterday, but this weekend she’ll be able to tell a story like no other.

Smith, a season ticket holder since 1971, will be in New York City on Saturday inside Radio City Music Hall to announce Miami’s fourth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. She will follow Hall-of-Fame center Dwight Stephenson, who will announce the Dolphins’ second-round pick Friday night.

“I eat, sleep and breathe the Dolphins,” Smith said. “I love football and this is a dream come true to do this. I am excited to meet and spend time with Dwight Stephenson as well. He was a player that I watched and loved. I definitely want to tell him the excitement that he gave to our whole family.”

Originally from Washington Heights, New York, Smith now lives in Kendall and has held those season tickets with her husband, sister and brother-in-law all these years. She met her husband in South Florida and after he took her to a college football game she caught the bug, falling more in love with the sport when he took her to her first Dolphins game.

Smith and her husband became passionate Dolphins fans and season ticket holders just as the Don Shula Era was taking shape and even traveled to away games. They quickly became serious about their commitment to their hometown team.

“We originally had eight season tickets, four on each side, four for business and four for pleasure,” said Smith, whose all-time favorite draft choice of the Dolphins is Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Marino. “When you’re a part of The Perfect Season and then they went on to win the Super Bowl again, no matter what the one thing you always had back in those days was hope. You always thought you were going to have a great year and you had a great time and that’s what kind of lured me in.”

This opportunity for Smith is the latest example of what the Dolphins as an organization are doing for their most loyal season ticket members. There have been a number of different prizes awarded as part of Fin Appreciation Month and other special promotions are in store, but the chance to call out the name of a player that could turn out to be a Pro Bowler down the line is something that will be hard to top.

“I always watch the draft,” Smith said. “I’m thrilled that I’m going to be able to this and this is like a dream. I told every single person that I don’t know and half of them don’t believe me. They think I’m joking.”

Come Saturday afternoon it will be no joke for Smith when she steps onto that iconic stage in the Big Apple.
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