Miami Dolphins To Add Four To Walk Of Fame
By Sun Life Stadium
on December 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm
Bokamper, McDuffie, Morris and Sims honored and take their place in Walk of Fame in the Joe Robbie Alumni Plaza
Miami, FL – During a special ceremony prior to kickoff of the Miami Dolphins – New York Jets game on December 29, the Dolphins will induct four former players to the team’s Walk of Fame at the Joe Robbie Alumni Plaza at Gate C of Sun Life Stadium. The Walk of Fame is designed to honor the alumni, coaches and fans who have made significant contributions of the team’s 47 year history.
The 2013 Walk of Fame induction class, selected by the Dolphins organization, each come from a different era of the historic franchise’s 47-year history, are linebacker/defensive end Kim Bokamper, wide receiver O.J. McDuffie, running back Eugene ‘Mercury’ Morris and guard Keith Sims.
- Kim Bokamper (1977-1985): Bokamper spent all nine of his NFL seasons with the Dolphins as a linebacker and defensive end appearing in 127 games with 103 in a starting role. A Pro Bowl selection at linebacker in 1979, he appeared in three AFC Championship games and two Super Bowls during his Dolphins career. Bokamper recorded 39.5 quarterback sacks as a member of the Dolphins which is tied for the eighth highest total in team history.
- O.J. McDuffie (1993-2001): McDuffie was one of the most accomplished wide receivers in team history during his nine year career with the Dolphins. He became the first and only Miami receiver to lead the NFL in receptions when he recorded a franchise-record 90 receptions during the 1998 season. The winner of the 1997 Ed Block Courage award, McDuffie currently ranks fourth in receptions (415) and fifth in receiving yards (5,074) in team history.
- Eugene “Mercury” Morris (1969-1975): Morris played seven seasons as a running back and kick returner with the Dolphins. During his career he rushed for 4,133 yards on 804 carries with 31 touchdowns. His 5.1 career rushing average still ranks as the best in Dolphins history. During the 1972 season, along with Larry Csonka, he was a part of the first backfield tandem to each rush for 1,000 yards in the same season in NFL history. A three-time Pro Bowl selection (1971-73), Morris was member of three Super Bowl teams, including the 1972 Perfect Season team, as well as being named to the Dolphins Silver Anniversary Team in 1990.
- Keith Sims (1990-97): Sims spent eight seasons with the Dolphins as a valuable member of the offensive line, starting 108 of the 113 games at left guard. During his time in Miami, During his tenure, Sims was selected to three Pro Bowls (1993-95). He was also a part of two AFC Eastern Division Championship teams (1992, 1994), five playoff teams (1990, 1992, 1994, 1995 and 1997).
The past honorees inducted to the Walk of Fame are listed below in the class they were enshrined –
The 2012 class of ‘Unsung Heroes’ included defensive tackle Tim Bowens, linebacker/defensive end AJ Duhe, defensive end Manny Fernandez, wide receiver Nat Moore and quarterbacks Earl Morrall and Don Strock.
The 2011 inaugural class were team founder Joe Robbie and the members of the Dolphins enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Head Coach Don Shula and players linebacker Nick Buoniconti, fullback Larry Csonka, quarterback Bob Griese, center Jim Langer, guard Larry Little, quarterback Dan Marino, center Dwight Stephenson and wide receiver Paul Warfield.