The best defensive tackle in Miami Dolphins history?
Bob Baumhauwer would be in the conversation. So would Tim Bowens, maybe even Randy Starks. But the best Dolphins defensive tackle on the Super Bowl stage?
Fernandez, a dominant lineman on the Dolphins Super Bowl teams of the 1970s and a great performer in their three Super Bowl games that decade, will be recognized for his outstanding career when the organization announces on Wednesday he will be inducted into the Honor Roll at Sun Life Stadium.
Fernandez, 68, was kind of sort of already on the Honor Roll because the entire 1972 undefeated team is up there as a unit. But he will now join others such as Jake Scott, Bill Stanfill, Nick Buoniconti, Larry Little, and Don Shula who made up that historic team to make the Honor Roll as individuals.
Fernandez will be recognized during halftime of the Dolphins' game against the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 21. The Dolphins Honor Roll was initiated on September 16, 1990, with the induction of team founder Joe Robbie. The elements that go into the Dolphins Honor Roll selection include achievement, longevity and character.
Fernandez played for the Dolphins from 1968-75. He recorded 35 sacks in that time. But it was his total domination in Super Bowls that got everyone's attention.
In Super Bowl VII against the Washington Redskins, Fernandez recorded 17 tackles and had a sack. Everyone seems to know that.
But the Dolphins played in Super Bowl VI and VIII and by the time his three Super Bowl game stats were compiled they included 28 tackles and three sacks.
Fernandez will be the 26th individual to join the Honor Roll.