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Ireland honored for work with autism charity

You guys know I've had sort of a love-hate relationship with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland lately.

I really don't like that he is the only one atop the organization that has never really answered for the struggles of 2011 because of a failed and convenient One Voice policy. I made my feelings clear with this column that took Ireland to task for not joining coach Tony Sparano, the players, and even owner Stephen Ross in addressing the troubles of the season.

But as with most things, all is not black and white with Ireland. He has gotten things right in several respects with this team. And he is worthy of praise for the work he's done with local charities, particularly autism charities for local kids.

It is that work in the South Florida autism community that has earned Ireland and his wife Rachel a well deserved tribute Friday during an Autumn Moonlight event, benefitting the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.

Ireland, who has a child that has fought autism, will be the honored along with his wife and state senator Nan Rich at Autumn Moonlight's cocktail event at Specialty Automotive Treatments in South Florida. Proceeds from the fundraising event will go to the programs, services and research initiatives for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.

Call 954-262-7732 if you wish more information.

[BLOG NOTE: TE Anthony Fasano, who missed practice with an ankle injury Wednesday, returned to the practice field during the open portion of practice today. So he is working, at least on a limited basis. I'll update you on full details to that when I know more. Also, the coordinators will talk soon and I'll be back with another post when that is done. So check back.]