The Miami Dolphins was created by founder Joe Robbie as an expansion team in 1966. The Dolphins are the oldest major-league professional sports franchise in Florida which has been in continuous operation there.
The 1971 season saw the Dolphins compete in the Super Bowl for the first time. Although they lost to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI, the Dolphins made an astounding comeback the following year, winning all 14 of the 1972 season’s games, including both of the playoff games as well as Super Bowl VII, and accomplishment that never happened before or since. The 1973 season was also a record breaking achievement for the Dolphins. Although not achieving another perfect year, they won the 1974 season’s Super Bowl VIII, becoming the first team to appear in three Bowls in a row, and winning in two consecutive Super Bowl games.
Legendary Don Shula was the coach for the Dolphins in the teams early years. Shula is the most successful of all football coaches in history, achieving more winning games than any other professional football coach.