MIAMI (CBS4) – As South Florida and Dolphins fans continue to mourn the loss of former Dolphin player and broadcaster Jim Mandich, his former team and his family are giving fans the chance to be a part of honoring his memory.
Mandich’s family said Thursday that a small private memorial service for family and friends will be held this weekend. Next week, a public service has been planned for Sun Life Stadium. Fans are invited to the stadium at 7 p.m. Wednesday to celebrate Mandich’s achievements.
“We will miss him dearly,” the family said in a statement released by the Dolphins. “We thank the fans and the media for their ongoing support and their respect for our family’s privacy during this time.”
Instead of flowers, the family is also inviting donations to the Dolphins Cycling Challenge that benefits the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer. Donations can be made online.
“Mad Dog” Mandich lost his battle with cancer Tuesday. In addition to playing for the team during the legendary “Perfect Season”, Mandich also held court in the radio broadcast booth, broadcasting the games on local radio each weekend.