In October when the Miami Dolphins face the St. Louis Rams, Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas will return to the stadium at half-time and take their place in the Dolphins “Ring of Honor”. Together, as it should be.
The duo came into the league one year apart, they left one year apart, brother-in-laws in real life, their careers and their fabled history as Miami Dolphins have been intertwined since their arrival. So it’s only fitting that the two of them join the “Ring” together. With the announcement of the honor the latest generation of fans will finally have a name on that ring. Many fans alive today following the Dolphins are of the Taylor/Thomas era and not the Marino era. The two are the first of that generations players to be enshrined.
Joining them in December as part of the 40 year celebration of the 1972 Undefeated Miami Dolphins, Bill Arnsparger will be enshrined on that ring. Arnsparger was the brain-trust behind the 1972 “No-Name” defense and a staple in Miami coming to the Dolphins with Don Shula from the Baltimore Colts following the teams loss in Super Bowl III.
Arnsparger will not make the trip as his health will not allow it, he will be represented by his son David. Jimmy Johnson will make a rare return to the the Dolphins for the Taylor/Thomas enshrinement. Naturally, when speaking to the media regarding the announcement, Thomas, an emotional guy, choked up.