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Dolphins at 49ers Connections

The Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers play in Candlestick Park later today. IN today's NFL, there are always connections between the players, the coaches, and the executives of each team.

Ezra Shaw

The Miami Dolphins are facing the San Francisco 49ers later today. Here's a look at the connections betwen the two teams:

Hometown Ties:

  • Wide Receiver Davone Bess, Dolphins, is from Oakland, California
  • Defensive Tackle Ricky Jean Francois, 49ers, is from Miami Gardens, Florida
  • Linebacker Tavares Gooden, 49ers, is from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and attended the University of Miami
  • Running Back Frank Gore, 49ers, is from Coral Gables, Florida, and attended the University of Miami
  • Linebacker Josh Kaddu, Dolphins, is from Vacaville, California
  • Linebacker Koa Misi, Dolphins, is from Santa Rosa, California

Former Teams:

  • Assistant Special Teams Coach Dave Fipp, Dolphins, held the same positions with the 49ers from 2008-2010
  • Wide Receiver Tedd Ginn, Jr., 49ers, was a first round pick by the Dolphins in 2007, playing for the team from 2007-2009

Pro Teammates:

  • Running Back Reggie Bush, Dolphins, and Wide Receivers Coach John Morton, 49ers, were together with the New Orleans Saints in 2006
  • Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle, Dolphins, and Defensive End Justin Smith, 49ers, were both with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2001-2007
  • Linebacker Karlos Dansby, Dolphins, and Guard Leonard Davis, 49ers, were together with the Arizona Cardinals from 2004-2006; Dansby also played with Linebacker Clark Haggans, 49ers, with the Cardinals in 2008
  • Secondary Coach Ed Donatell, 49ers, and Linebacker Jason Trusnik, Dolphins, were both with the New Yorks Jets in 2007
  • Offensive Assistant Ejiro Evero, 49ers, and Assistant Offensive Line Coach Chris Mosley, Dolphins, were both coaches with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach Darren Krein, Dolphins, and Offensive Line Coach Mike Solari, 49ers, were both coaches on the Seattle Seahawks staff from 2008-2009
  • Head Coach Joe Philbin, Dolphins, and Secondary Coach Ed Donatell, 49ers, coached together with the Green Bay Packers in 2003
  • Safety Donte Whitner, 49ers, and Linebackers Coach George Edwards, Dolphins, were both with the Buffalo Bills in 2010; Whitner and Guard Richie Incognito, Dolphins, were teammates on the Bills in 2009

College Teammates:

  • Safety Jonathon Amaya, Dolphins, and Quarterback Colin Kapernick, 49ers, were tammates at Nevada
  • Linebacker NaVorro Bowman, 49ers, and Defensive End Jared Odrick, Dolphins, were teammates at Penn State
  • Linebacker Kevin Burnett, Dolphins, and Linebacker Parys Haralson, 49ers, were teammates at Tennessee
  • Tight End Vernon Davis, 49ers, and Defensive Tackle Randy Starks, Dolphins, were teammates at Maryland
  • Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, 49ers, coached Tackle Jonathan Martin, Dolphins, at Stanford
  • Wide Receiver Brian Hartline, Dolphins, Linebacker Austin Spitler, Dolphins, and Offensive Lineman Alex Boone, 49ers, were teammates at Ohio State; Hartline also played with Wide Receiver Ted Ginn, Jr., 49ers, at Ohio State
  • Running Back LaMichael James, 49ers, and Linebacker Josh Kaddu, Dolphins, were teammates at Oregon
  • Tackle Jake Long, Dolphins, and Wide Receiver Mario Manningham, 49ers, were teammates at Michigan
  • Defensive Tackle Paul Soliai, Dolphins, and Quarterback Alex Smith, 49ers, were teammates at Utah
  • Safety Reshad Jones, Dolphins, and Tight End Demarcus Dobbs, 49ers, were teammates at Georgia

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