On Friday, the Miami Dolphins kicked FinsWeekend into high gear. The Dolphins hold their annual FinsWeekend to raise money for the Miami Dolphins Foundation, which raises money for education, athletic and health programs throughout Florida. It’s a great event that brings current and former Dolphins together to raise money for a good cause. On Friday, the Dolphins held a charity golf tournament as part of FinsWeekend. Dolphins tight end, Jed Weaver’s team won the event after a 4 hole playoff.
After the golf outing, the Dolphins announced their award winners for the 2011 season. Matt Moore brought home the Dan Marino MVP award. Honestly, this surprised me. Moore had a solid year in 2011, without question. He led the Dolphins to a 6-6 record completing 60.5% of his passes for 2,497 yards, 16 TDs and 9 INTs. It’s a bit ironic that the Dolphins used their first round draft pick on a QB that is intended to replace their MVP! Personally, I probably would have given the award to Reggie Bush, but I can see why the Dolphins selected Moore. Congratulations Matt, well done!
For the second straight season, Karlos Dansby won the Don Shula Leadership Award. Dansby has been with the Dolphins for 2 years and has won the award both seasons. I’m happy for Karlos, I’m sure he is a vocal leader in the Dolphins locker room. However, from a public perspective, it’s hard to understand how a guy who admittedly started the season 20+ lbs overweight can be a leader of the team. Shouldn’t a leader lead by example? Maybe I’m nitpicking, but either way, I’m happy for Karlos and I hope his leadership fills the void that Jason Taylor’s retirement created.
Finally, the Dolphins honored Dan Carpenter and Brandon Fields with the Nat Moore Community Service Award. Carpenter and Fields attend just about EVERY Dolphins charity event, so this wasn’t much of a surprise. Great job by both of these Dolphins special teamers. It’s great to see athletes give back to the community. Congratulations Brandon and Dan!
If you’re wondering why Ryan Tannehill wasn’t at FinsWeekend, it’s because he’s attending the NFL Player’s Association’s Rookie Premiere Weekend in Los Angeles. The NFLPA has been very active on Twitter promoting the event, which is intended to be the rookies’ coming out party. There are photo shoots, media availability, etc. I’m very happy to say that in one of the NFLPA’s Twitter contests, I won a Ryan Tannehill signed football. I’m anxiously waiting for it to arrive!!
On a sad note, Yeramiah Bell has finally found a new home. On Friday, Bell signed with the New York Jets. I’m sad to see Bell go, he was one of my favorite Dolphins. Bell is still a very good run defending safety. However, with Laron Landry already signed, you have to wonder which safety is going to actually cover someone. Landry isn’t known for his coverage ability. And in recent years, Bell’s coverage ability has diminished. Hopefully, when the Dolphins play the Jets, Anthony Fasano, Michael Egnew, and Charles Clay can attack that coverage vulnerability.