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Hall of Fame Game: Dolphins and Cowboys Connections

The Miami Dolphins travel north to Canton, Ohio to face the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL's annual Hall of Fame Game. Here's a look at some of the connections between the two franchises.

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Football is back. Well, preseason football is back. Tomorrow night, the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys will face off in the NFL's annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. The Dolphins and Cowboys have had a very incestuous relationship in the past few years, with several Dolphins front office personnel, coaches, and players coming from the Cowboys. To get an idea of just how incestuous, we take a closer look at all of the connections between the two clubs.

Former Teams:

  • Cowboys wide receiver Anthony Armstrong has had two stints with the Dolphins. He originally joined Miami after two years in the Arena Football League, spending the 2008 season and 2009 preseason on Miami's practice squad. He spent the 2009 to 2011 seasons with the Washington Redskins before rejoining Miami last year for September and October. After he was released, the joined the Jacksonville Jaguars for two weeks before signing with the Cowboys.
  • Dolphins tight end coach Dan Campbell played for the Cowboys from 2003-2005
  • Cowboys offensive lineman Ryan Cook spent the 2011 season with the Dolphins, playing in seven games. He was traded to Dallas in August 2012 for a seventh round pick.
  • Cowboys wide receivers coach Derek Dooley was the Dolphins wide receivers coach from 2005-2006
  • Dolphins linebackers coach George Edwards was the Cowboys linebackers coach from 1998-2001
  • Dolphins Assistant General Manager Brian Gaine was the Cowboys' Assistant Director of Pro Scouting from 2005-2007
  • Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett played quarterback for the Dolphins in 2004 and was the team's quarterbacks coach from 2005-2006
  • Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland was the Cowboys' National Scout from 2001-2004 and the Vice President of College and Pro Scouting from 2005-2007
  • Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2007. He was waived in the final round of roster cuts, and was expected to be signed to the Dallas practice squad but was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers.
  • Cowboys offensive lineman Jermey Parnell spent three weeks with the Dolphins in 2011, but did not appear in any games. After he was released by Miami, he was signed to the New Orleans Saints practice squad prior to being signed two weeks later to the Cowboys 53-man roster.
  • Dolphins defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers was the Cowboys' defensive tackles coach from 2003-2004 and the defensive line coach from 2005-2007
  • Cowboys tight end Dante Rosario spent the first two weeks of the 2011 season with the Dolphins, appearing in two games, before being released. He joined Dallas this year.

Former NFL Teammates:

  • Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito and Cowboys offensive lineman Demetress Bell were teammates with the Buffalo Bills in 2009
  • Dolphins offensive lineman Nate Garner played for the New York Jets in 2008 while Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan was the Jets Assistant Head Coach and offensive line coach
  • Dolphins offensive lineman Lance Louis and Cowboys tight end Andre Smith were teammates with the Chicago Bears in 2011
  • Dolphins wide receiver Marvin McNutt and Cowboys offensive lineman Demetress Bell were teammates with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012
  • Dolphins defensive lineman Vaughn Martin and Cowboys tight end Dante Rosario were teammates with the San Diego Chargers in 2012
  • Dolphins cornerback Richard Marshall, Dolphind quarterback Matt Moore, Cowboys defensive tackle Nick Hayden, Cowboys tight end Dante Rosario, and Cowboys guard Mackenzy Bernadeau were all teammates with the Carolina Panthers (Hayden, Bernadeau: 2008-2010; Rosario 2007-2010)
  • Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson and Cowboys linebacker Ernie Sims were teammates with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010; Patterson and Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr were teammates with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008
  • Dolphins linebacker Jason Trusnik played for the Cleveland Browns in 2009-2010, while Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus held the same position for the Browns
  • Dolphins offensive lineman Lance Louis and fullback Evan Rodriguez played for the Chicago Bears in 2012 while Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Mairnelli was the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator
  • Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler and Cowboys linebacker Ernie Sims were teammates with the Indianapolis Colts in 2011

Former College Teammates:

  • Cowboys defensive tackle Ben Bass, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins wide receiver Jeff Fuller, Dolphins offensive lineman Brian Thomas, and Dolphins fullback Jorvorskie Lane all played together at times at Texas A&M between 2008-2011; Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was the head coach at A&M during that period
  • Cowboys offensive lineman Phil Costa and Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll played together at Maryland from 2006-2009; Dolphins defensive tackle A.J. Francis was on the team in 2009
  • Dolphins tight end Michael Egnew and Cowboys running back Kendial Lawrence played together at Missouri from 2009-2011
  • Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Gibson and Cowboys safety Eric Frampton played together at Washington State from 2005-2006
  • Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller, Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton, and Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer played together at Purdue from 2003-2005
  • Cowboys linebacker Brandon Magee, Dolphins running back Cameron Marshall, and Dolphins safety Keelan Johnson all played together at Arizona State from 2009-2011
  • Dolphins defensive tackle Jared Odrick and Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee played together at Penn State from 2006-2008
  • Cowboys offensive lineman Jermey Parnell, Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace, and Dolphins guard John Jerry all played together at Mississippi in 2008
  • Dolphins defensive tackle Tracy Robertson and Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams played together at Baylor from 2008-2012
  • Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stafford, Cowboys safety Barry Church, and Cowboys offensive lineman Kevin Kowalski played together at Toledo from 2008-2010
  • Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor and Cowboys defensive end Tyrone Crawford played together at Boise State from 2009-2011
  • Cowboys offensive lineman Darrion Weems, Cowboys wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei, Dolphins linebacker Josh Kaddu, Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan, and Dolphins linebacker Michael Clay all played together at Oregon from 2008-2011
  • Dolphins safety Jimmy Wilson and Cowboys linebacker Caleb McSurdy played together at Montana in 2010

Hometown State Ties:

  • Cowboys guard Ray Dominguez is from Quincy, Florida
  • Dolphins tight end Michael Egnew was born in Plano, Texas
  • Dolphins wide receiver Jeff Fuller is from McKinney, Texas
  • Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff is from St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Cowboys linebacker Cameron Sheffield is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby is from Houston, Texas
  • Cowboys linebacker Ernie Sims is from Tallahassee, Florida and attended Florida State University
  • Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is from Big Springs, Texas
  • Dolphins guard Brian Thomas is from Pearland, Texas
  • Cowboys linebacker Kyle Wilber is from Orlando, Florida

Canton, Ohio Ties:

  • Dolphins guard Chandler Burden is from Hamilton, Ohio
  • Dolphins wide receiver Jasper Collins attended the University of Mount Union
  • Dolphins punter Brandon Fields is from Toledo, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University
  • Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline is from North Canton, Ohio
  • Dolphins safety Jordan Kovacs is from Curtice, Ohio
  • Dolphins tight end Kyle Miller is from Elida, Ohio and attended the University of Mount Union
  • Dolphins cornerback Julian Posey in from Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Ohio University
  • Dolphins linebacker Austin Spitler is from Bellbrook, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University
  • Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stafford is from Columbus, Ohio and attended the University of Toledo
  • Dolphins linebacker Jason Trusnik is from Macedonia, Ohio and attended Ohio Northern University

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