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John Offerdahl to the Honor Roll

Old-time Dolphins middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Latter-day Dolphins middle linebacker Zach Thomas may someday be considered for the Hall of Fame. Both are in the prestigious Dolphins Honor Roll at Sun Life Stadium.

And in a couple of hours at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Kickoff luncheon, the Dolphins will announce that the middle linebacker who was something of a link between Buoniconti in the 1970s and Thomas in the 1990s is also going to be inducted into the Honor Roll.

John Offerdahl, who played for Miami from 1986 to 1993, will be announced as the 26th member of the Honor Roll.

He will be inducted on Thursday, Oct. 31 at halftime of the primetime game between the Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals. There are 24 individuals and one team -- the perfect season team of 1972 -- already on the Dolphins Honor Roll.

Offerdahl, 48, is a deserving choice.

Although his career was way too short for the liking of most Miami fans, Offerdahl was a five time Pro Bowl player from his rookie year in 1986 to 1990. He struggled with injuries throughout his career but when he was healthy, he was the anchor to a defense that definitely could have used more players like him.

Offerdahl went to the Dolphins as a second round pick out of Western Michigan. When he was picked (he was the first player the Dolphins selected in '86 because they didn't have a first-round selection) most pundits said, "Who?"

Offerdahl quickly made a name for himself with impeccable tackling. He was an excellent run-stopper and solid in pass coverage. So, yes, he was a three-down linebacker.

Offerdahl, who is a successful restaurant chain entrepeneur, is having a very good year. He was inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame earlier this year.

 

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FIVE TIME FIVE TIME!!

My first favourite Dolphins defensive player ...

Congrats big man!

And wasn't Offerdahl more a link to bryan Cox who then was a link to Zach?

Never heard of this guy....

Isn't Offerdahl the guy that told Mando that Egnew didn't have the hips to make it in the NFL?

No, that was the proper hips to make it in child birthing

Pete Prisco of cbssports predicts Dolphins with a 5-11 record this season.

I predict 16-0!!

MIT > Pete Prisco

Offerdahl was my favorite defensive player back in the day. he was actually the only great player the Dolphins had on that horrible defense for a couple of years in the late 80s.

Well deserved, indeed, Mando.

Yes Mark, you are correct about that. Good guy, congrats!

About the child birthing or the link?

MIT,
Seriously Mando put up a story near the end of last season where one of these old timers told Mando that Egnew did not have the hips to make it in the NFL.

Offerdahl was a stud LB. I remember getting really upset when he got injured because he meant so much to the Defense.

Doesn't he own a Steakhouse?

Hands down, THE BEST, linebacker the Miami Dolphins have ever had.Better than Nick, better than AJ, better than Zack, except that his career (which matters), was devastated by injuries.

He was an amazing tackler. Brutal! Vicious. He would come to wreck your day or as they say, with bad intentions. Was always around the ball. He was BIG! 6'3" and a solid 240lbs. back in the 80s.Imagine, the best Center ever, Dwight Stephenson was 6'2" and 255lbs. A 21 year old Pro Bowler. He was great from the 1st play in his NFL career.

The similarities with Dwight are uncanny. Both the best in their league, and would have gone down amongst the greatest ever, if only injury would have spared them that lamentable and piercing blow.

In my opinion, he would have been considered with Butkus, Lambert, Singletary, Urlacher, etc. Right there, and he was a pleasure to watch. Someone you would pay to see~

Congratulations John Offerdahl.

Anyone watch Weedon play??? Looks like we should of went with Weedon instead of Tannehill. RG3, Luck, Wilson, Weedon, Tannehill. This franchise is cursed!

That could be. I have read reports that Egnew's big problem with blocking is his hip level. Guess he doesn't get low enough or something - plays too high, anyway - he wasn't drafted to block

Mark I noticed I'd passed you into the number 4 seed, it's a competition, being your A game today.

Except that Weeden will have to retire in two years, guy is already 52...

Prisco has Indy, Chi & Det with losing records also and I hope they all come true because:
- Luck has never done anything yet he is the greatest QB of all-time already (along with Ryan, Stafford, Kappe and Wilson).
- I firmly believe that Cutler and BM both bring down whatever team they are on
- Stafford has never done anything yet he is still the greatest QB of all time

Hands down, THE BEST, linebacker the Miami Dolphins have ever had.Better than Nick, better than AJ, better than Zack, except that his career (which matters), was devastated by injuries.

He was an amazing tackler. Brutal! Vicious. He would come to wreck your day or as they say, with bad intentions. Was always around the ball. He was BIG! 6'3" and a solid 240lbs. back in the 80s.Imagine, the best Center ever, Dwight Stephenson was 6'2" and 255lbs. A 21 year old Pro Bowler. He was great from the 1st play in his NFL career.

The similarities with Dwight are uncanny. Both the best in their league, and would have gone down amongst the greatest ever, if only injury would have spared them that lamentable and piercing blow.

In my opinion, he would have been considered with Butkus, Lambert, Singletary, Urlacher, etc. Right there, and he was a pleasure to watch. Someone you would pay to see~

Congratulations John Offerdahl.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2013/08/john-offerdahl-to-the-honor-roll.html#storylink=cpy

MIT,
Mando never said that his hips prevented him from blocking he just said his hips weren't good enough.

Prisco also has the Begnals winning the super bowl. Good luck with that.

Darkoak, it's on

ETF, maybe Mando is looking at him Oz style, although I don't want to imply anything ..

The bangals are super talented with a boatload of cap space...

on the bright side for us, they're still the bengals.

Offerdahl is last guy I saw on any team who actually knew how to tackle properly. As smart and decent as he was good.

The Bengals will win the SB before the Falcs will.

The Bengals look really good right now. They are quickly turning into a complete team. Strangely the question mark is Dalton, but he's getting the kind of criticism Flaco use to get. Dalton needs a playoff run like Flaco at this point to quell the doubters.

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loved this guy, Could you imagine Zach, Offerdahl and Nick as your starting 3???

Conrats John O! Super nice guy and a hell of a player who gave 100% all the time.

Mark and Darkoak...from the last blog...

I don't know how I have fallen so far...I used to ALWAYS be @ the top of those list...@ least top 3..

mu how the mighty have fallen...

3 slow a ss white guys, yea thats really imposing

Mark and Darkoak,

The list from our #1 fan is ranked by who handed him his ass the most. I'm surprised Dashi isn't on that list Twice from Whooping that ass.

@ 10:39...thats pretty funny...

but in all seriousness....

I LOVER OFFERDAHL....he was the Marino of the defense as far as I am concerned....

Guy deserves everything comming his way...if anything...Thomas has beniffited from being pertrayed in his image...

Darkoak....

the difference between Flacco and Dalton...

Flacco has won a PLAYOFF game EVERY SEASON since he has been in the league...

in other words...there should be NO comparison

Mind you Kris, Dalton has not had the defense Flaco has had. I kind of mean that he'll need to elevate his game to the point where he isn't the goat for the losses.

The Ravens were who we thought they were. Ray Lewis was the Heart and Soul of that Team. He demanded a standard from everyone. Let's see who is more valuable Ray or Flacco.

Yes, Flacco won a playoff game each season. And M.Sanchez reached the AFC Championship Twice.

Football is the Ultimate Team Game.

The Ravens lost their Leader.

portrayed...

man is my spelling atrocious...

did i spell atrocious right?

I see what you are saying Darkoak...and Yes...Flacco took some serious FLAK for every post season loss...even when he put the ball in Houzmenzadha's hands...and that other dude the year after....

but many see it to much like Dashi does...and I got to tell you...its going to be a fun season watching my boy JOE prove the doubters wrong....

Dashi...see 10:59 please...

SHOULDN'T WE BE TALKING ABOUT THE HOUSTON GAME?

If Grimes can stay with Johnson and Martin can stay with Watt then we are good.

Fraud, I agree with you on Cutler and Marshall. Tannehill actually had a higher total QBR than Cutler last year.

I mean Cutler is had like 19 TD's and 14 Ints last year, his record vs top teams is horrible, and he made the playoffs one time.

I hear Bears fans all the time saying he's elite or blaming other players. He is a top 15 QB at best.

Cutler can pick the low hanging fruit, which is more than can be said for Gabbert, ut when the pressure is on they both fold and start blaming thier teammates.

I do not find Cutler or Gabbert to be particularly mnly.

NeMo,
Since you read my post than do you also agree that Ryan, Luck, Stafford, Kappe and Wilson are all the greatest QB of all time along with Brady, Rogers, Peyton and Brees?

A team full of Offerdahls would go 16-0 every year. For realzz. Congrats John.

I literally mean that if you took 22 Offerdahls and put one at each position, offense and defense, the team would go 16-0.

This is literally true, not just hyperbole. Think about it.

I met John in one of his restaurants (where he was working behind the counter). Dude's hands are the size of a catcher's mitt.

I was a BIG Offerdahl fan back in the day. This guy was the model of consistency. Next to see him getting his props.

Against Houston.

On Defense: No Foster, so that should help, but Ben Tate and the O-line are still solid. I hope for our D to be dominating again, but they won't be 100 percent either with no Jordan or Starks and aren't playing the Jags.

On Offense: Just good drives moving the ball and a couple of TD's. Can Martin hold up against Watt? How will Wallace do against Jonathan Joseph? Can Miller and Thomas get anything going? Will Samuda look better? How will Tanny do?

So I'm looking forward to seeing a few things, but I won't be overreacting either way.

Offerdahl is more famous for his bagel shops than his football play.

I haven't been very critical, but I will say, we'll see Week 1 who outplays who (Tannehill vs. Weeden). If Tannehill doesn't look the part, yes, it will only be Week 1, but I will begin to get worried. If we're going to do ANYTHING this year, we need to win the winnable games. And Cleveland is a winnable game. If we have any chance of going 3-3, we need to win the Cleveland game.

Offerdahl was the best player we had on a not very good defense in my opinion. That's why he deserves this award. But, he was not better than Nick or Zack! However, they did play on better teams. Go back and look at the tape...

We will be find and don't put too much stock in preseason games unless we look totally unorganized..

What me, worry?

Fraud, @ 11:18

Yeah, they are all a little bit overhyped. Lets see what they can do in year 2. Cam Newton had a lot of problems after his great rookie year. I'd probably put the 4 of them in the 11-15 range of QB's right now. Maybe sneaking into the top 10.

They all need to keep it going for another year and do well in the playoffs to move up.

Kaep and Wilson are both in really good situations (Good RB, Good D, Good O-lines.) Both lost their stud WR though.

Luck I think has the worst team. He made some really clutch plays to win games last year, but the schedule will be harder. Can he improve to offset this?

RG3 I think might step back a bit. I don't like the Redskins that much this year. He also might have trouble running as much after the ACL tear.

Just my opinion, I could be way off.

Cleveland is better than us and they always beat us anyway.

Congrats to Offerdahl I think why most people forget how good he was is because that defense during that time was really bad after 1985 to 1990. Remember we had five years in a row that we were 8-8 or 6-10 one year and this was when Marino was in his prime, when I look back on it, it is hard to believe with one of the Best QB's of all time and best head coaches of all time if not the best that we had that kind of stretch. The combination of Shula and Marino should have won one or two Super Bowls, but there was some great teams in that era as well, oh well go phins!

An excellent, long overdue choice. Now if someone could get Manny Fernandez, Bill Stanfill, and A.J. Duhe enshrined, the ring would be a far better place of honor.

Catching up on some of my reading...

In Barry Jackson's column, he mentions that the Dolphins are toying with going 5-wide and an empty backfield! Something we haven't seen very much of in Miami. Yes, guys like Peyton Manning do it all the time, but with the Fin's O-line being suspect, it sounds a little dangerous for Tannehill to me. Brilliant, if they pull it out and it works, not so much if it doesn't and gets your QB killed because of the blitz. Still, it's better than the same old boring 2-wide, one slot, a TE, and a back sets. Thank God we no longer run the Pizza-Maker's "Three-Yards-And-A-Cloud-Of-Dust" offense!!!

DC,

Good points at 11:34am. Playoff teams win those types of games, even on he road. If we lost that one I'll be convinced once again that we're not a playoff team.

OJ MucDuffie should be in also.

I grew up with the Dolphins, literally in Miami Lakes. I have known many players, Coach Shula, was offered a scouting position with the team.

Attended, or have seen every Phins game since about 1974. Offerdahl was THE BEST. Not even close. And if you disagree so be it.

I do have film, and tape, and CDs. More importantly, I saw them play live. He was not only by far the best inside linebacker in the NFL along with M. Singletary, but one of the best defensive players period, and his impact would have been even greater with a better supporting cast.

He played like a maniac, a missile, a bull because his knowledge and instincts for the game were at as gifted of levels, as his physicality. Which again, brings us back to this:

The only reason Offerdahl is not an ALL-TIME great,is because he only played 6 seasons, going to 5 Pro Bowls and All-Pros. He maybe one if not the most underrated NFL player of the last 30 years. That is how good he was.

Zack WAS great! potential HoFer, Nick WAS too. That is not a knock on them at all, simply even more impressive how good he truly was. You watch the tapes, sit back and enjoy~

OJ McDuffie that is...

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