There are several ways that great football players are honored once they stop playing. The greatest of them all are voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Individual teams may also have a Hall of Fame, Ring of Honor, or other similar designation where their greatest players are remembered. Another tradition that many teams use is retiring the numbers of their best players so that number will always be associated with them and never used again.
The Miami Dolphins have had a number of great players over the years and in that time have retired three jersey numbers, never to be worn again.
#12 – Bob Griese
Bob Griese had a stellar career that included coming to the Dolphins as a highly rated rookie out of Purdue University and eventually helping the team go undefeated and win the 1972 Super Bowl. He would be one of the best quarterbacks in the league throughout the 1970’s. His career ended due to injury in the early 1980’s and the Dolphins retired his jersey number 12 in 1982 at their annual awards banquet.
#13 – Dan Marino
One of the best players ever to wear a Miami Dolphins uniform, or a pro football uniform for that matter, was quarterback Dan Marino. He led the team throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, helping them to be one of the more dangerous teams to play in the league. By the time he retired, he was the owner of most of the main league passing records. His number 13 was retired in 2000, during the halftime ceremony of the home game against the Baltimore Ravens.
#39 – Larry Csonka
Larry Csonka was a punishing running back and one of the great Dolphins players of all time. He teamed with Jim Kiick, Bob Griese, and Paul Warfield to form one of the most feared offenses of the early 1970’s. Csonka, nicknamed Zonk by teammates and fans, could run through and over opposing linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs like few other players. His jersey number 39 was retired in 2002 during halftime of the Dolphins home game against the Chicago Bears.