Passing Into History: The Story Of The 1984 Miami Dolphins

 

CBS4 marks the 30th anniversary of a historic season for the Miami Dolphins with the sports special “Passing into History: The Story of the 1984 Miami Dolphins.”

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It was in 1984 that quarterback Dan Marino and Coach Don Shula led their team to a record breaking season. The Dolphins finished the season 14-2 and beat the Seahawks and Steelers on their way to face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XIX.

“Passing into History” follows the Dolphins’ advance to the Super Bowl for the fifth time in franchise history. The story is told by the participants themselves — Dan Marino, Don Shula, Running Back Mark Clayton, and Wide Receiver Mark Duper among them.

 

Click the video below to watch Dan Marino’s entire interview, unedited and uninterrupted.

In 1984, Miami’s young quarterback, Dan Marino, was in only his second year in the NFL but he broke nearly every NFL single-season passing record. Marino set a record for the most completions in a season (362) and became the first quarterback ever to throw for over 5,000 yards, reaching a total of 5,084. He set the record for the most games throwing for at least 300 passing yards (9) and the most games with 400 yards (4). Marino’s 48 touchdown passes broke the previous record of 36, which was held by both George Blanda for the Houston Oilers in 1961 and Y.A. Tittle for the New York Giants in 1963. He also had the most games with at least 4 or more touchdown passes (6) and the most consecutive games with at least 4 touchdown passes (4).

 

Click the video below to watch Don Shula’s entire interview, unedited and uninterrupted.

Wide receivers Mark Clayton (73 receptions, 1,389 yards, 18 touchdowns) and Mark Duper (71 receptions, 1,306 yards, 8 touchdowns) became the first teammates ever to each gain over 1,300 receiving yards in one season, while Clayton’s 18 touchdown catches broke the NFL single-season record of 17 set by Don Hutson in 1942. Receiver Nat Moore caught 43 passes for 574 yards and 6 touchdowns, while tight end Dan Johnson contributed 34 receptions for 426 yards. The team also had a trio of great running backs in Tony Nathan, Woody Bennett, and Joe Carter. Both Nathan and Bennett finished the season with over 1,000 combined rushing and receiving yards, while Carter contributed 495 rushing yards. Likewise, punter Reggie Roby  made the Pro Bowl, averaging 44.7 yards per punt with a net gain average of 38.7.

 

Click the video below to watch Mark Duper and Mark Clayton’s entire interview, unedited and uninterrupted.

Glenn Blackwood was one of the members of the “Killer B’s” defense and he, along with his brother Lyle, were known as the “Bruise Brothers.”

 

Click the video below to watch Glenn Blackwood’s entire interview.

While his last name doesn’t start with a “B”, A.J. Duhe was a well-respected member of the “Killer B’s” defense and received Pro Bowl Honors.

 

Click the video below to watch A.J. Duhe’s entire interview.

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