No, Lauren Tannehill doesn't count as a celebrity Miami Dolphins fan, regardless of what HBO tells you during the next few weeks.
Full disclosure: I have completely changed my opinion of a celebrity/public figure purely because he/she is a Dolphins fan.
Now, I know I am not alone in regard to the above statement. There is no quicker way for one to work themselves into my heart than by being a fan of the Miami Dolphins. Hootie and the Blowfish practically ruined my childhood with their crappy music, but frontman Darius Rucker is obsessed with the Dolphins, so he gets a free pass from me. Ditto for Fergie, whose voice, to my ears, sounds like a dying animal. She loves Miami football, though, so whatever. I'll deal.
Outside of the well-documented Dolfans, however, it can be difficult to figure out whether a celebrity is a real fan and or just someone rocking a Dolphins gear for the hell of it. I've seen pics of guys like Bruce Springsteen and Kenny Chesney sporting Dolphins hats, but I find it hard to believe that their NFL loyalties lie in Miami (especially Springsteen, who is, and always has been, completely obsessed with anything from New Jersey).
Case in point: I'd like to believe Johnny Depp is a Dolphins fan (he's been spotted wearing Dolphins swag in Sun Life Stadium's luxury suites), but maybe he just felt like trying to pick up one (or all) of the Dolphins' cheerleaders (and don't act like he's above that).I've also read that Johnny Ramone, who was once pictured rocking New York's CBGB club in the '70s while wearing a pretty sweet Dolphins tank-top. was a Dolfan prior to his death in 2004. I don't know if that's true, but as someone who greatly enjoys Johnny's brand of low-slung punk riffage, I hope it is.
I know I am forgetting some of the obvious fans here (Serena Williams, Udonis Haslem, etc), but maybe you guys can help me out here. Do you know of any famous Dolphins fans? If so, feel free to name them in the comment section.