The 1990s was a good time to be a Miami Dolphins fan. What moment stands out the most? We highlight the five best from the decade.
The 1990s was an exciting time to be a Miami Dolphins fan. Behind center was one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, and coaching him from the sidelines was the winningest coach in league history. The Dolphins qualified for the playoffs seven times during the decade, winning nearly 60 percent of their games (95 of 160).
Dan Marino and Don Shula could never get Miami over the hump for the ever-elusive championship. But despite their lack of trophies and accolades, they produced plenty of memorable moments during the 90s, from record-breaking performances to snowy holiday battles.
Here are the top five moments for the Miami Dolphins during the 1990s:
5. Shula Breaks The Record
The first entry on our list of most memorable Dolphins’ moments of the 1990s is not so much a moment, but a celebration of a bunch of moments. 325 of them to be exact.
Miami was the visiting team on November 14th, 1993 as the Philadelphia Eagles played host on what would be a historical Sunday for one of the greatest coaches to ever live. Don Shula had tied George Halas’s all-time record of 324 career coaching victories two weeks prior with a victory over the Chiefs, but it was an ugly win in Philly that got him to the top of the leaderboard.
The Dolphins were playing their fourth game without the injured Dan Marino when they met the Eagles in Week 11 of the ’93 season, and his replacement(s) didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard. Scott Mitchell and Doug Peterson combined to go 11 for 27 with 184 yards, a touchdown as well as an interception. Two Pete Stoyanovich field goals sealed the game for Miami in the second half, but it was the postgame celebration that was most memorable. Dolphins’ players hoisted Shula on to their shoulders and carried him across the field, a moment that has been forever immortalized by a statue of its likeness outside of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.