Height: 6-0 Weight: 188 Age: 67
Born: 11/28/1942 in Warren, OH
College: Ohio State
Experience: 13 Seasons
Hall of Fame Induction: 1983
With all the talk of wide-receivers or number one receivers, I got a blast-from-the-past. I remember too, mentioning Paul Warfield in a comment and our esteemed blogger, Little Nicky, said he never had a chance to see him in his playing days. So I got to thinking about bringing up some tidbits on some of the Dolphin players, especially some of the great ones who have contributed greatly to the game, but more importantly, to the greatest team ever……… The Miami Dolphins.
Also recently, some names from the past, present and future have been thrown around, like: Irving Fryar, Mark Duper, Mark Clayton, Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Anquan Boldin, Vincent, and Austin…… but I kept thinking of this guy. Give me someone like this guy, who caught just about anything and everything, who defined the Post Pattern into the Warfield Pattern, who put action to the words… “Poetry in Motion.”
“Paul Warfield is recognized as one of the premier wide receivers ever to have played in the National Football League. While his career totals for numbers of catches may not seem in line with those accumulated by other great receivers, as any student of the game understands, the truth isn’t always in the numbers.”
“Warfield, a six-time All-NFL choice who was elected to eight Pro Bowls, was a long ball threat who intimidated the opposition. His mere presence on the field proved to be almost as beneficial to the running game. The best example of this may have been in 1972 when the Dolphins went undefeated. That year Miami ran the ball 613 times while passing on just 259 occasions. The Dolphins’ philosophy was to use the forward pass as a threat to make the ground game more effective. The Dolphins rushed for a then-NFL record 2,960 yards.”
“He graduated from Ohio State University where he shined as a two time all Big 10 halfback in the 1962-1963 season and as a track team sprinter, jumper and hurdler. Warfield played for the Cleveland Browns as a wide receiver from 1964 to 1969. In 1970, in a then-controversial trade, Browns owner Art Modell dealt the still great Warfield to the Miami Dolphins for a draft pick which the Browns used on Purdue University All-American quarterback Mike Phipps. Phipps had limited success for the Browns and Warfield was a major factor in the Dolphins' championships in the early 1970s.”
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