Sometimes life shows you what’s more important. Amid labor turmoil and litigation filings, life reminds us often that life itself is really all that matters. Today, we are unfortunately reminded of this solitary fact.
Jim Mandich has passed away at the age of 62.
Mandich became ill in late 2009 when it was discovered that he had cancer in 2010. Over the past 14 months, Jim’s battle had taken turns for the good but were followed with small setbacks until his most recent a few months ago. While chemotherapy had helped, it simply wasn’t enough. Mr. Mandich took ill last week and a couple of former teammates made final visits with him on Sunday.
The Miami Dolphins have always had his voice. A lifetime Phin, Mandich was the Dolphins start TE during the 1970’s including the Phins undefeated ’72 season. In his retirement, he reached to more generations of fans as the vocal broadcaster who coined the TD phrase “Awwwright Miami”.
Today, we celebrate his life and not his battle with the bile duct cancer. He would have wanted it that way. Throughout his battle, in traditional Mandich manner, his focus was on others when so many were wishing him well. The Miami Dolphins community of bloggers even started a website titled, GetWellMandich.com.
Mandich was the voice of the Dolphins for so long. His first love, outside of his family, was for the game and the team that he had been a part of his entire adult life. While our thoughts and prayers are of course with his family in this time, we also want to acknowledg the life he lived and ask for you, our Miami Dolphin faithful readers, to share your memories of this beloved Miami Dolphins legend. Either here or on our forum.
Mr. Mandich, thank you for a million memories that will never be forgotten and never taken for granted. You will be missed and you will always be loved.