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Dolphins at Jets: Player Connections

For the second time this season, the Miami Dolphins will face off against the New York Jets. With that rematch, it's time for us to take a look at the connections between the two teams for the second time this year.


The Miami Dolphins host the New York Jets this afternoon. Here are the player and coaching connections between the two teams:

Hometown Ties:

  • Dedrick Epps, TE, Jets played college at Miami
  • Anthony Fasano, TE, Dolphins is from Verona, NJ
  • Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets, is from Belle Glade, FL
  • Richie Incognito, G, Dolphins is from Englewood, NJ
  • Jake Long, T, Dolphins and Bart Scott, LB, Jets are both from Detroit, MI
  • Darren Rizzi, Special Teams Coach, Dolphins is from Hillsdale, NJ

Former Teams:

  • Dawn Aponte, Executive Vice President of Football Administration, Dolphins worked in the Jets' front office from 1991-2005
  • Yeremiah Bell, S, Jets played for the Dolphins from 2004-2011
  • Dave Deguglielmo, Offensive Line Coach, Jets, served as the Dolphins' offensive line coach from 2009-2011
  • Brian Gaine, Assistant GM, Dolphins played on the Jets practice squad in 1996 before moving to their front office (College Scouting Department - 1999, Pro Development/NFC - 2000, Pro Scout - 2001-2003, Assistant Director of Pro Scouting - 2004)
  • Clyde Gates, WR, Jets played for the Dolphins in 2011 and was with the team through the preseason this year
  • Chris Shea, Assistant Director of Pro Scouting, Dolphins served as the Jets Pro Personnel Assistant from 2000-2004
  • Tony Sparano, Offensive Coordinator, Jets, served as the Dolphins' head coach from 2008-2011
  • Jason Trusnik, LB, Dolphins played with the Jets from 2007-2009
  • Mike Westhoff, Special Teams Coordinator, Jets, coached the Dolphins' special teams from 1986-2000

Pro Teammates:

  • Kevin Burnett, LB, Dolphins, Anthony Fasano, TE, Dolphins, Matt Moore, QB, Dolphins, and Nick Folk, K, Jets were all teammates with the Dallas Cowboys in 2007
  • Kevin Burnett, LB, Dolphins and Antonio Cromartie, CB, Jets, were teammates with the San Diego Chargers in 2009
  • Karlos Dansby, LB, Dolphins and Calvin Pace, LB, Jets were teammates together with the Arizona Cardinals from 2004-2007
  • Aaron Maybin, LB, Jets, Ellis Lankster, CB, Jets, and Richie Incognito, G, Dolphins were teammates with the Buffalo Bills in 2009

College Teammates:

  • Lou Anarumo, Defensive Backs Coach, Dolphins, served as the defensive backs coach at Purdue while Dustin Keller, TE, Jets played there from 2004-2007
  • Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins played for Ohio State from 2005-2008 during which time Austin Spitler, LB, Dolphins (2005-2009), Nick Mangold, C, Jets (2002-2005), and Santonio Holmes, WR, Jets (2002-2005) all played for the team
  • Jake Long, T, Dolphins and David Harris, LB, Jets were teammates at Michigan from 2004-2007
  • Sione Pohua, DT, Jets and Paul Soliai, DT, Dolphins were teammates at Utah in 2004
  • Eric Smith, S, Jets and Brandon Fields, P, Dolphins were teammates at Michigan State from 2003-2005
  • Sean Smith, CB, Dolphins, Koa Misi, LB, Dolphins, and Caleb Schlauderaff, OL, Jets, were teammates are Utah from 2006-2008.