The Dolphins have retired three jerseys since the franchise's fledgling year in 1966. And owner Stephen Ross is rooting that first-round pick Ryan Tannehill is so good, so dominant in fact, that his career will require the team to retire Tannehill's No. 17 when he's through.
"This is your number?" Ross asked Miami's newest quarterback this morning when he handed him his Miami jersey.
Tannehill responded that's exactly the number he wore at Texas A&M. Ross paused. Thought about it. And then said ..
"Hope one day we can retire this jersey."
The Dolphins have all three of their retired jerseys hanging in the lobby wall of their Davie, FL. headquarters. They belong to Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, and Dan Marino. All three are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That is apparently what it takes to get your jersey retired by the Dolphins.
But no pressure, Ryan.