The Miami Dolphins began play in 1966, In 1965 however, a team nickname was needed. Some of the names included Dolphins, Mariners, Mustangs, Moons, Sharks, Missiles, and Suns. After a fan based vote, the name Dolphins was finally chosen. Then followed a need for official team colors, which was finally made into the colors aqua, coral, and white. When the Dolphins first took field in the 1966 season, there uniforms consisted of white helmets with a dolphin jumping through a sun shaped ring, wearing a white helmet with a coral "M". The teams helmet also had a coral stripe with two aqua stripes going down the side, and a gray facemask. The home jerseys were aqua with white numbers and a coral trim, and the arm piping included two sets of stripes of coral and white. The pants were white and featuring an aqua stripe, trimmed with two surrounding coral stripes. The away uniforms resembled the home in the case of helmet and pants, with the only difference being the jerseys were white, with aqua numbers and coral trim. The arm piping stayed the same, with the only exception being that aqua replaced white. Both home and away socks were aqua, with white, coral, white, coral, white piping.
Throughout the next decade the Dolphins' uniforms didn't go through many changes, the Dolphin logo became darker in 1967, and then went back to being a darker shade as it previously had been in 1968. The only major difference in the uniform was the change of the gray facemask, into an aqua facemask.
The Dolphins' uniforms then continued to keep their traditional uniform scheme, while only making small changes to the logo, putting it through yet another shade change, turning it back into yet again a lighter shade of aqua. The original piping and helmet color, stripes, etc, all have gone unscathed thus far. And the team belt was as well was changed to aqua, as it was previously black. As can be seen below.
In the late 1980's, and the early part of the 1990's, the Dolphins' introduced the addition of aqua pants to part of their uniform scheme, the side piping on the pants featured the same kind of stripe, but with a coral stripe, surrounded by two white stripes. The aqua pants were worn on the road with the teams white jersey. The Dolphins' also had worn the white/aqua combination at home, as well as the white/white combo to force opposing teams to wear their darker home jerseys in the heat of the South Florida sun. The use of of aqua jerseys and white pants was the only combination used with the aqua jerseys. The arm piping along the shoulder pads was dropped, and the team's logo was added as seen below, as well as the white/aqua combination. The teams socks with aqua jerseys lost it's piping as well, and became all aqua, and the road uniform scheme socks became mostly white, with aqua and coral piping.
Things then remained unchanged for awhile, then the Dolphin logo went through yet another change. The dolphins went, yet again, through another shade change, once again back to a darker shade, but another key change was in the detail, most notably the Dolphins' helmet, which the "M" was put into more detail, and a slightly darker shade of coral. The sun also became darker, and the sun beams became more detailed. The Dolphins' tail became more elongated, and the dorsal fin became more detailed and shaped.
This more detailed look went unchanged until the 1996 season. In the 1997 season, the Miami Dolphins uniforms went through its first big change, the color navy blue was added to the dolphin, as well as the piping of the jersey number and the piping of the pant stripes and helmet stripe. The Dolphin logo became much more detailed, with the addition of a more detailed eye, mouth, and a white shade on the tail and on the Dolphins' under belly.The "M" on the Dolphins' helmet was once more made more detailed, as was the ear hole on the Dolphins' helmet. The team's socks remained aqua at home, and white with aqua and coral piping on the road. The Miami Dolphins' showed how you can make changes to your overall uniform, without changing the overall scheme and history of the teams uniform. This change in 1997 still remains the look of the Dolphins' till this day. Small uniform changes have been made, as the Dolphins' introduced the combination of aqua jerseys and aqua pants. And also added an alternate coral jersey to the mix, which have been worn three times, most recently on October 12, 2009 against the New York Jets. Below are the changes made to the logo, and also the current uniforms, as well as the new alternate coral jerseys, and the aqua/aqua combo.
The most recent Dolphins' logo.
The most recent Dolphins' uniforms
The Dolphins' aqua/aqua combo, shown here against Chicago on MNF
The debut of the coral jerseys, against Washington on MNF