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MIAMI DOLPHINS // DID YOU KNOW

The Dolphins held their first training camp as an expansion team in 1966 at Boca Ciega High School in St. Petersburg.

Since the 1970 merger, the Dolphins are the only team to twice open a season with 10 consecutive victories. They did it in 1972 (14) and 1984 (11).

Dan Marino already has passed 17 of the 18 quarterbacks in the Hall of Fame in career touchdown passes. He has 328, trailing only Fran Tarkenton (342).

The Dolphins hold the NFL record for most consecutive wins at home. They won 27 straight regular-season games at the Orange Bowl (31 overall) from 1971-74.

The nickname Dolphins was chosen in a name-the-team contest in 1965 that attracted nearly 20,000 entries. Others included Mariners, Marauders, Mustangs, Missiles, Moons, Sharks and Suns.

Rookie guard Andrew Greene, a second-round pick from Indiana, grew up in Jamaica and didn't play football until moving to Canada in the eighth grade.

Receiver Irving Fryar is a licensed minister and often preaches at his church in North Miami. He performed the wedding ceremony for guard Keith Sims and his wife at the 1994 Pro Bowl.

In their first regular-season game in 1966, the Dolphins returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. That was in a 23-14 loss to Oakland. The player's name? Joe Auer, a rookie.

_ CHARLES MULLING

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