50. "I don't think I've been asked this many questions since my mother caught me drinking in high school." - Don Strock after winning his first game as Dolphins quarterback in 1976
49. "I need this like I need another knee operation." - Dick Anderson upon being named the NFLPA president in 1975.
48. "We've got to do something." - Tony Sparano to quarterbacks coach David Lee on the flight home after a loss to Arizona in a conversation that led to the use of the "Wildcat" offense
47. "It was always banging into things, knocking things over, and he was the kind of dog [that] if he ran away I knew he would come back." - Don Shula on why he named his collie puppy " Zonk"
46. "If you want to drop off the face of the earth, just be an assistant coach." - Bob Griese, announcing his decision to leave the Dolphins coaching staff in 1981 and enter private business
45. " Zach Thomas is a black guy stuck in a white guy's body." - Jason Taylor
44. "I guess you call that maybe a male menopause, when you realize you're no longer ashamed of what you are. I can't get the game out of my system . . . I will tell the fans of the Dolphins that starting tomorrow morning, that's what I'm going to be working on, and I will work on it diligently as I possibly can." - Bill Parcells upon taking over the Dolphins in December of 2007
43. "I don't have to be seen. I don't need glamour. Maybe that's why I like playing center. You can't be easily rattled to play there; and it's very hard to get me mad." - Dwight Stephenson in 1982
42. "It's just not like the movies, where you can go underwater, hold your breath for two minutes, save 10 people, then come up for air and go down and save 10 more. I mean, by the time we got through running across the street and the emotion of it all, then going under and staying as long as you can...it's just a snowball effect. You start panicking yourself. I was so fatigued, but all I could think about was this woman who was going to die before we could get her. When [Hanley] came up with her, there was just a relief, big-time. We got her to the shore, I don't know how, because by that time I was ready to pass out myself." - John Offerdahl after helping to save a woman whose car crashed in a canal
41. "I'm supposed to say congratulations to all the people in the past, to all the great tradition, to all the people who laid the groundwork. But I only care about one thing: the present. The people who are here now to win now." - Jimmy Johnson in 1996 at the Dolphins awards banquet during his first months as coach
40. "We've never been closer [to the Super Bowl]." - Dave Wannstedt, after the 2002 season
39. "I'm not supposed to know what's going on. But I can tell you this, I won't be standing around scratching my head like Coach Johnson in that Denorex commercial." - John Avery, at his rookie training camp in 1998
38. "Seems like every year at this time I give you an excuse. Then I say what has to be done, and we do it, and the next year there's a different excuse." - Zach Thomas on the disappointing finishes after the 2001 season
37. " People are adjusting to it. Unlike Samson, he has retained all his strength, wisdom and sex appeal." - agent Leigh Steinberg after Ricky Williams shaved his dreadlocks
36. "I can't talk now." - then-Baltimore coach Don Shula, hanging up the phone, when Joe Robbie called to talk about the Dolphins job. A fistfight between two Colts assistant coaches was breaking out on Shula's front lawn and he had to stop it.
35. "I don't think they have our number. To me, having someone's number is when you kick their [butt) all the time, like what the Jets do to us. I think we give the Bills a pretty good game." - defensive coordinator Tom Olivadotti after a 1993 loss to Buffalo
34. "I know I'm going to get paid this time." - interim coach Jim Bates in 2004, referring to his previous time as a head coach with the San Antonio Gunslingers of the USFL
33. "I couldn't find London on a map if they didn't have the names of the countries. I don't know what nothing is. I know Italy looks like a boot. I know London Fletcher. He's black, so I'm sure he's not from London." - Channing Crowder on the going to London to play in the 2007 season
32. "He can take his'n and beat your'n and you'rn and beat his'n." - Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips on Don Shula's coaching talent
31. "When it rains it pours -- and we got poured on.'' - guard Kevin Gogan in 2000 following the 62-7 playoff loss to Jacksonville
30. "Why don't you go right to the top and get the best there is? Don Shula." - Miami Herald columnist Edwin Pope to Dolphins owner Joe Robbie when the Dolphins were looking for a new coach after the 1969 season
29. "The enemy of great is good." - Jimmy Johnson on building NFL teams into champions
28. "He needs a hug and a hobby.'' - Jason Taylor on Bob Kuechenberg after the former Dolphin great criticized the 1-6 Dolphins, saying they had no heart and no chance of beating the 7-0 Bears in 2006.
27. "Five yards is my life!" - Don Shula to a referee who had told Shula to quit arguing, that the penalty he just called was only five yards
26. "Sammie sucks!" - Dolphins fans chant after Sammie Smith fumbled for the second straight game at the goal line in 1991
25. "The organization has struggled from a personnel standpoint over the years. For instance, they drafted me in the second round. . . . You don't recover from those types of mistakes." - Rob Konrad on the team's questionable draft picks from 1998-2003.
24. "Do you want to be safe and good, or do you want to take a chance and be great?" - Jimmy Johnson after drafting Daryl Gardener in 1996
23. "What can Trent Green do that Jay can't? He's not as good an athlete. Jay will make every throw. [Green] played this year, and I don't think really helped his stock much." - Dave Wannstedt, on why he liked quarterback Jay Fiedler over the available Trent Green in January 2001
22. "With Larry Shannon coming to our football team, by the way, he's probably a step faster than Randy Moss. So he's bigger, he's taller, he's faster. - Jimmy Johnson after passing on Moss in the 1998 draft
21. "Not bad for a guy on one ankle." - New England coach Bill Parcells, shaking hands with Dan Marino after the Dolphins quarterback threw five touchdown passes in the season opener of 1994. It was Marino's first game back from an Achilles' injury the previous season.
20. "Ted Ginn and his family will give us everything they have.'' - Cam Cameron upon drafting Ted Ginn, Jr., in 2007
19. "It's just the people in Buffalo - you have to understand that they're a whole different breed of people, a whole different breed of species." - Bryan Cox in 1993 on why he flipped his middle finger to the Buffalo crowd upon being introduced
18. "Who's he?" - Don Shula when the Jets took Ken O'Brien with the 24th pick in the 1983 draft, leaving Dan Marino for the Dolphins
17. "I'm the idiot that hired all the geniuses." - Former owner Joe Robbie after the team's fifth Super Bowl (two wins, three losses) in 1985
16. "I've never heard anything like it. It was like we were still on the field. It was that loud. We were in the locker room, what -- 10, 15 minutes? -- and it never stopped!" - Don Strock of the 1982 successful hook-and-ladder play just before halftime a legendary playoff game against San Diego
15. "You're missing an earring." - Don Shula, when tight end Marv Fleming brandished a new earring at the start of a training camp and asked Shula what he thought of it
14. "We liked a couple of those receivers up there, but we didn't feel there was a guy that was going to come in and make more of a contribution than a linebacker." - Dave Wannstedt, on why he chose Eddie Moore over Anquan Boldin in the 2003 draft.
13. "Dammit! How many times have I told you?" - Jimmy Johnson, throwing a portable television at offensive coordinator Gary Stevens on the flight back from the New England playoff loss in 1997 after watching the video and seeing the Patriots had stolen the Dolphins' calls (from former scouting director Bob Ackles' autobiography, The Water Boy)
12. "I had my Gatorade shower at No. 324. When you get my age, you can't take too many of those ice-cold showers." - Don Shula on why he got a ride on his players shoulders after victory No. 325 in Philadelphia in 1993
11. "Jason will definitely help the family's gene pool." - Zach Thomas on Jason Taylor marrying his sister, Katina
10. "We all figured we had it made -- that these tall, beautiful women were going home with us. Then, all of a sudden, one of the fellows stood up, pointed at one of them and yelled, 'She's got a Johnson!' After that, we pretty much tore the place up. The cops were called, and it was a big incident. Apparently the club had signed up a bunch of female impersonators to work the room, but hey, it was 1972. None of us knew what a drag queen was." - Larry Csonka on a party in New Orleans in the days before Super Bowl VI
9. "My track record in picking people in business has been great. My track record in sports? Ehhh." - H. Wayne Huizenga in hoping he picked right with Cam Cameron and Randy Mueller in 2007
8. "Go at the rookie!" - Bernie Kosar from the sideline into the helmet headset of Dan Marino, telling him to throw the infamous "Clock Play" at New York Jets rookie Aaron Glenn
7. "Well, then I guess I have to say it: I'm not going to be the Alabama coach." - Nick Saban a few weeks before taking the Alabama job after the 2006 season
6. "The next time I see a doctor, it better be for an autopsy." - A.J. Duhe in 1984 after his fifth operation in 18 months
5. "You've got something special here.'' - Bob Kuechenberg to Don Shula at the first practice of Dan Marino in 1983
4. "We lose this game, I'm going to kill you!" - Nick Buoniconti on the sideline to Garo Yepremian in Super Bowl 7 after the kicker threw a botched field goal attempt into the hands of Washington's Mike Bass, who returned it for a touchdown.
3. "Now when I go to the bathroom I find out who my friends are." - Jake Scott after both broken hands were in casts following the 1972 season
2. "You can't make chicken salad out of chicken s---. Name me a great player we have besides Danny. You can't. We were No. 2 in the passing game. No. 2 in the passing game! How did we do it? With our players, you tell me, how did we do it? We have to throw. We couldn't run. And do we have a great running back? No. '' - offensive coordinator Gary Stevens after losing in the 1997 playoffs
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