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Kevin Nogle

This past Sunday, before the Miami Dolphins beat the Buffalo Bills, the franchise inducted six new members into the team’s Walk of Fame in front of Hard Rock Stadium’s North Gate and the Joe Robbie Statue. Joining the 24 previous inductees immortalized in granite were safety Dick Anderson, wide receiver Mark Clayton, wide receiver Mark Duper, tackle Jon Giesler, linebacker John Offerdahl, and defensive end Jason Taylor.

Unfortunately, I have been traveling back from the game all day Monday and then traveling all day Tuesday for work, so these pictures have been stuck on my phone for a few extra days. Now, on Wednesday, here is my gallery from the induction ceremony.

In this gallery are 22 Pro Bowl selction, seven first-team All Pros, seven AFC Championships, and two Super Bowl championships. There are 61 seasons with the Miami Dolphins across these six men, with 828 games played and 741 starts.

Anderson played 10 seasons for the Dolphins from 1968 to 1977, making the Pro Bowl three times. One of the leaders on the No Name Defense, he was a first-team All-Pro selection on the 1972 undefeated team. In 1973, Anderson led the league in interceptions (8) and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year, assisting the Dolphins in winning their second straight Super Bowl. His 34 career interceptions are still second all-time in Dolphins history. Anderson was named to the Dolphins Honor Roll on Dec. 3, 2006, is a member of the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team and Dolphins’ 50th Season All-Time Team. Anderson was also enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

Clayton played from 1983 to 1992 for the Dolphins, being selected to five Pro Bowls in those ten seasons. He tallied 550 receptions for 8,643 yards (15.7 avg.) and 81 touchdowns. His 550 receptions and 81 receiving touchdowns are both franchise records that still stand today. Clayton set the NFL record (since eclipsed) with 18 receiving touchdowns in 1984. He also led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 1988 (14). He was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll on Dec. 15, 2003 and is a member of the team’s 50th Season All-Time Team.

Duper, joining Clayton as the “Marks Brothers” for the Dolphins, played from 1982 to 1992 for Miami, making the Pro Bowl three times. He totaled four 1,000-yard seasons (1983-84, 1986, 1991) and 22 100-yard efforts. He is the team’s all-time leader with 8,869 career receiving yards. His 511 receptions are second in team history while his 59 touchdown receptions are third. A downfield threat, Duper averaged 17.4 yards per reception throughout his career, the second-best mark in franchise annals and the sixth-highest in NFL history among receivers with 500-plus career catches. He was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll on Dec. 15, 2003 and is a member of the team’s 50th Season All-Time Team.

Giesler played from 1979 to 1988 with Miami, playing in 126 career games with 105 starts, all at left tackle. As the anchor of Miami’s offensive line, Geisler helped the Dolphins lead or tie for the league lead in fewest sacks allowed in each of his final seven seasons (1982-88). He helped Miami win two AFC Championships (1982 and 1984) and protected the blind side of Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino for the first six years of Marino’s career. He was the team’s 1987 nominee for the Ed Block Courage Award and was selected by fans to the organization’s silver anniversary team.

Offerdahl played for the Dolphins from 1986 to 1993, was a five-time Pro Bowl selection (1986-90) and the 1986 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after the Dolphins selected him in the second round (52nd overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft. Offerdahl earned first-team All-Pro honors in 1990. He was named to the Dolphins Honor Roll on Oct. 31, 2013 and is a member of the team’s 50th Season All-Time Team. Offerdahl was named the team’s Ed Block Courage Award nominee in 1993 and is a three-time recipient (1989-90, 1993) of the team’s Nat Moore Community Service Award.

Taylor played defensive end and linebacker for Miami from 1997 to 2007, then in 2009 and in 2011. He appeared in six Pro Bowls for Miami, was a three-time first-team All-Pro honoree (2000, 2002, 2006) and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks (131). His 204 games played and 186 starts are second in team annals and he has the organization’s second-longest consecutive-games played streak when he appeared in 130 straight games from 1999 until 2007. Taylor was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2006, Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2007 and is a member of the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team. He was inducted into the Dolphins Honor Roll on Oct. 14, 2012 and is a member of the team’s 50th Season All-Time Team.