From 1986 to 1993, John Offerdahl was the epitome of a team player and a Miami Dolphin. Never the biggest nor the fastest but he got the job done and at crunch time, there was no one better to make a defensive stop. For his efforts on the field, the Miami Dolphins have added Offerdahl to the team's hallowed Ring of Honor. He is the 26th member to be bestowed the honor. His on field induction will take place on October 341 during halftime when the Dolphins host the Cincinnati Bengals.
“No one epitomizes what it means to be a Dolphin more than John Offerdahl,” stated Dolphins Chairman of the Board/Managing General Partner Stephen Ross. “He wasn’t the biggest or the fastest player on the field, but he was the best. He was tenacious, tough, intelligent, and a leader. Those same traits made him a success in the business and community service arenas as well, and he continues to be a very visible and admired representative of the team in the South Florida community. I want to welcome him as the newest member of the Dolphins’ Honor Roll.”
His coach, NFL Hall of Famer, Don Shula knew he could focus on the rest of field knowing Offerdahl had the defense under control.
“When John Offerdahl tackled you, you went down. Whether it was stopping the run, putting pressure on the quarterback, or dropping into coverage, John could do it all,” explained Hall of Fame Head Coach Don Shula. “He was a relentless player, a professional who practiced as hard as he played. And he was one of the smartest players out there – he was like a quarterback on our defense. There are two great linebackers enshrined on the Dolphin Honor Roll, Nick Buoniconti and Zach Thomas, and I’m glad to see John join them.”
Offerdahl came to the Dolphins in 1986 as a second round draft pick out of Western Michigan University where his tackling records still stand. In his eight year NFL career, he played in 89 games, starting 86. His rookie year his on field performance garnered him NFL Rookie of the Year and was the first ever Dolphin named a starter in the Pro Bowl. His other rookie year awards include the Old Spice NFL Rookie of the Year, Pro Football Weekly All- AFC, Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Team; Football News first Team All-AFC; AP Second Team All-NFL; UPI first team All-AFC and All-Rookie, PFWA All-Rookie and Football Digest All-Rookie.
The Wisconsin native was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls, (1986-90) four of which (1986, 1988-90) he was named a starter. He was named All-Pro by AP, The Sporting News, PFWA, Pro Football Weekly following the 1990 season in which he eclipsed the 100-tackle plateau for the third time in his career. He was also twice voted by his teammates as the winner of the Nat Moore Award for Community Service and Civic Participation (1989-90) , as well as being named Miami’s Outstanding Linebacker(voted by the South Florida media) four times. At the conclusion of his career, Offerdahl had amassed 518 tackles, 24 passes defensed, 9.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, four interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Off the field, Offerdahl invested and takes an active role in several restaurant and food industry related businesses. He is married and has three children.
MEMBERS OF DOLPHIN HONOR ROLL
(Date inducted in parentheses)
Founder Joe Robbie, 1966-89 (Sept. 16, 1990)
FB Larry Csonka, 1968-74, 1979 (Nov. 19, 1990)
QB Bob Griese, 1967-80 (Nov. 19, 1990)
C Jim Langer, 1970-79 (Nov. 19, 1990)
WR Paul Warfield, 1970-74 (Nov. 19, 1990)
LB Nick Buoniconti, 1969-76 (Nov. 18, 1991)
1972 Undefeated Team (Nov. 16, 1992)
G Larry Little, 1969-80 (Dec. 13, 1993)
C Dwight Stephenson, 1980-87 (Dec. 12, 1994)
G Bob Kuechenberg, 1970-84 (Dec. 11, 1995)
Head Coach Don Shula, 1970-95 (Nov. 25, 1996)
WR Nat Moore, 1974-86 (Dec. 5, 1999)
QB Dan Marino, 1983-99 (Sept. 17, 2000)
WR Mark Clayton, 1983-92 (Dec. 15, 2003)
WR Mark Duper, 1982-92 (Dec. 15, 2003)
S Dick Anderson, 1968-77 (Dec. 3, 2006)
T Richmond Webb, 1990-2000 (Dec. 25, 2006)
NT Bob Baumhower, 1977-86 (Dec. 14, 2008)
DE Doug Betters, 1978-87 (Dec. 14, 2008)
S Jake Scott, 1970-75 (Nov. 18, 2010)
DE Bill Stanfill, 1969-76 (Nov. 18, 2010)
TE (Broadcaster) Jim Mandich, 1970-77, 1992-04, 2007-10 (Dec. 4, 2011)
DE/LB Jason Taylor, 1997-07, 2009, 2011 (October 14, 2012)
LB Zach Thomas, 1996-2007 (October 14, 2012)
Assistant Coach Bill Arnsparger, 1970-73, 1976-83
(December 16, 2012)
LB John Offerdahl, 1986-93
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