Time to keep moving ahead with The Phinsider 30-day challenge. The 30-day challenge is our way to get to know some of our community members and their thoughts on the Miami Dolphins. We are asking a question every day for 30 days, with the goal of getting all of our readers involved in the discussion. If you haven’t ever posted a comment on the site before - now would be a great time to get in here and join us.
We have asked you for your favorite Dolphins (non-Hall of Fame) quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end. Today, we switch where we are looking for our favorite Dolphins player, jumping over to the special teams. And, there are plenty of options here as well. Do you take someone like Michael Thomas or Larry Izzo, who is a defender that excels on special teams? Do you take a pure special teams player like Olindo Mare or John Denney? DO you look for someone in the retun game, on the field goal team, or someone on punts or kickoff coverage? There are so many parts to “special tams” that there are a ton of ways to answer this question.
However, if you have been around The Phinsider for any length of time, you probably can guess my answer to this one. He was a 6-foot-4, 250 pound, three-time Pro Bowl selection, two-time First Team All Pro selection, and five time Second Team All Pro selection. He was selected to the NFL All Decade Team for the 1980s.
And, he was a punter.
The late, great Reggie Roby twice led the league in punting average (1986 - 38.7 yards per punt and 1991 - 45.7). He dominated the Dolphins record book for season punting average until Brandon Fields came around, with current punter Matt Darr’s 2015 jumping into the top five as well. Roby was just...different. He had such a leg that there always seemed to be a debate about whether he kicked the ball too far, out kicking the coverage and allowing for a return. Obviously, everyone will mention the fact that he wore a watch on the field so he could time his hang time on each kick. Roby was a special player at a position where a lot of people did not pay any attention, especially during his 16-year career, 10 of which were in Miami who had selected him in the sixth round of the 1983 NFL Draft.
Roby, sadly, passed away at age 43 back in 2005.
Your turn. Who is your all-time favorite Miami Dolphins special teamer?