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1981 Miami Dolphins (NFL) 1st place American Football Conference Eastern Division 11-4-1 .719
Head Coach: Don Shula
Assistant Head Coach/DefenseBill Arnsparger
Special TeamsSteve Crosby
Quarterbacks/Receivers/Passing GameWally English
Defensive Backs/PuntersTom Keane
Offensive Line/Running GameJohn Sandusky
Defensive Line/Run DefenseMike Scarry
Offensive Backs/Special TeamsCarl Taseff
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sat8/8/1981AMinnesota Vikings20-6WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium45165
Sat8/15/1981HDenver Broncos24-14WMiami, FLOrange Bowl41502
Sat8/22/1981ADetroit Lions31-27WPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome54676
Fri8/28/1981HKansas City Chiefs31-7WMiami, FLOrange Bowl41290
Sun9/6/1981ASt. Louis Cardinals20-7WSt. Louis, MOBusch Memorial Stadium50351
Thu9/10/1981HPittsburgh Steelers30-10WMiami, FLOrange Bowl74190
Sun9/20/1981AHouston Oilers16-10WHouston, TXAstrodome47379
Sun9/27/1981ABaltimore Colts31-28WBaltimore, MDMemorial Stadium41630
Sun10/4/1981HNew York Jets28-28TOTMiami, FLOrange Bowl68723
Mon10/12/1981ABuffalo Bills21-31LOrchard Park, NYRich Stadium78576
Sun10/18/1981HWashington Redskins13-10WMiami, FLOrange Bowl47367
Sun10/25/1981ADallas Cowboys27-28LIrving, TXTexas Stadium64221
Sun11/1/1981HBaltimore Colts27-10WMiami, FLOrange Bowl46061
Sun11/8/1981ANew England Patriots30-27WOTFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60436
Sun11/15/1981HOakland Raiders17-33LMiami, FLOrange Bowl67531
Sun11/22/1981ANew York Jets15-16LNew York, NYShea Stadium59962
Mon11/30/1981HPhiladelphia Eagles13-10WMiami, FLOrange Bowl67797
Sun12/6/1981HNew England Patriots24-14WMiami, FLOrange Bowl50421
Sun12/13/1981AKansas City Chiefs17-7WKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium57407
Sat12/19/1981HBuffalo Bills16-6WMiami, FLOrange Bowl72956
Sat1/2/1982HSan Diego Chargers38-41LOTMiami, FLOrange Bowl73735AFC Divisional Playoff
Exhibition game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
88Elmer BaileyWR6-019524Lincoln (Missouri); Macalester; Minnesota160
70Bill BarnettRDE6-425625Nebraska92
73Bob BaumhowerNT6-526526Alabama1616
34Woody BennettFB6-222026Miami (Florida)33
46Don BessillieuFS6-120025Georgia Tech166
75Doug BettersLDE6-726025Montana; Nevada-Reno1515
47Glenn BlackwoodSS6-019024Texas1616
42Lyle BlackwoodFS6-118930Blinn JC; Texas Christian1210
58Kim BokamperRDE6-625027Concordia (Moorhead); San Jose CC; San Jose State161
59Bob BrudzinskiLOLB6-422526Ohio State1616
81Jimmy CefaloWR5-1118925Penn State166
83Vern Den HerderRDE-LDE6-625133Central (Iowa)1614
63Mark DennardC6-125026Texas A&M1111
77A.J. DuheRILB6-424926Louisiana State1616
37Andra FranklinFB-HB5-1022522Nebraska1611
72Mike FultzNT6-527827Nebraska40
35Nick GiaquintoRB5-1120726Bridgeport; Connecticut80
79Jon GieslerLOT6-526525Michigan1616
50Larry GordonROLB6-423027Arizona State1616
74Cleveland GreenOT6-626424Southern University70
84Bruce HardyTE6-423425Arizona State164
82Duriel HarrisWR5-1117627New Mexico State1512
31Eddie HillHB-FB6-221024Memphis113
36Steve HowellHB-FB6-223025Baylor102
11Jim JensenQB6-422123Boston University160
40Mike KozlowskiS6-019825San Diego State; Brigham Young; MiraCosta JC; Colorado140
67Bob KuechenbergLOG6-225534Notre Dame169
68Eric LaaksoROT6-426025Tulane1616
86Ronnie LeeTE6-327225Baylor1616
33Bo MatthewsRB6-322230Colorado30
28Don McNealLCB5-1119323Alabama1212
89Nat MooreWR5-918830Tennessee-Martin; Miami-Dade JC; Florida1311
22Tony NathanHB6-020625Alabama1311
54Ed NewmanROG6-224030Duke1616
3Tom OroszP6-120422Ohio State160
78Ken PooleDE6-325123Louisiana-Monroe160
54Steve PotterLB6-323524Virginia160
43Ricky RayCB5-1118524Norfolk State80
55Earnie RhoneLILB6-222428Henderson State1616
38Terry RobiskieFB6-121027Louisiana State10
80Joe RoseTE6-322824California160
52Steve ShullLB6-122023William & Mary160
48Gerald SmallRCB5-1119225San Jose State1616
57Dwight StephensonC6-225524Alabama165
10Don StrockQB6-523031Virginia Tech161
45Ed TaylorLCB6-017526Memphis62
53Rodell ThomasLOLB6-122623Alabama State30
60Jeff ToewsLOG6-325524Washington97
32Tommy VigoritoHB5-1019022Virginia161
5Uwe von SchamannK6-118825Oklahoma160
41Fulton WalkerLCB5-1119323West Virginia162
16David WoodleyQB6-221123Louisiana State1515
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
David Overstreet113RBOklahoma
Andra Franklin256RBNebraskafrom OAK/LARM
Sammy Greene484WRNevada-Las Vegasfrom NO
Brad Wright496QBNew Mexico
Ken Poole5126DELouisiana-Monroe
Tommy Vigorito5138RBVirginiafrom PHI
Mack Moore6152DETexas A&M
Fulton Walker6154DBWest Virginiafrom MIN
Mike Daum7179TCal Poly (San Luis Obispo)
William Judson8208DBSouth Carolina State
John Noonan9235WRNebraska
Steve Folsom10261TEUtah
Jim Jensen11291QBBoston University
John Alford12318DTSouth Carolina State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals4111097943
Opponents Totals729230810
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals30:14306113167268622538.271541
Opponents Totals29:46296124160128121437.9104886
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Uwe von Schamann0373897.4243177.40109
Andra Franklin80000048
Tony Nathan80000048
Tommy Vigorito40000024
David Woodley40000024
Jimmy Cefalo30000018
Duriel Harris20000012
Eddie Hill20000012
Nat Moore20000012
Joe Rose20000012
Nick Giaquinto1000006
Mike Kozlowski1000006
Ronnie Lee1000006
Fulton Walker1000006
Larry Gordon0000012
(Team)0010.00000
Team Totals39373994.9243177.41345
Opponents Totals333333100.0142166.71275
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Uwe von Schamann243177.40/09/911/124/100/0
Team Totals243177.40/09/911/124/100/0
Opponents Totals142166.70/04/65/55/80/2
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Tony Nathan1477825.3465
Andra Franklin2017113.5297
David Woodley632724.3264
Eddie Hill371463.9241
Tommy Vigorito351163.330t1
Woody Bennett281043.7120
Nick Giaquinto33110.3200
Steve Howell5214.290
Tom Orosz11313.0130
Nat Moore133.030
Don Strock14-26-1.990
Team Totals53521734.14618
Opponents Totals49220324.12810
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
David Woodley36619152.216224706.712.969t123.3133.624191227969.8
Don Strock1307960.8439016.911.45264.686.264585671.3
Eddie Hill11100.001414.014.01400.000.00014118.8
Tony Nathan100.0100.000.000.000039.6
Team Totals49827154.420633856.812.569t183.6214.230236314970.2
Opponents Totals50929758.319436457.212.376t234.5183.538314333180.9
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Duriel Harris5391117.2552
Tony Nathan504529.0313
Tommy Vigorito332377.231t2
Jimmy Cefalo2963121.869t3
Nat Moore2645217.4522
Joe Rose2331613.7502
Bruce Hardy1517411.6210
Ronnie Lee14644.6111
Eddie Hill12736.1161
Nick Giaquinto7385.4161
Woody Bennett4225.5100
Andra Franklin362.03t1
Steve Howell294.550
Team Totals271338512.569t18
Opponents Totals297364512.376t23
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Glenn Blackwood412431.0390
Mike Kozlowski33712.3290
Earnie Rhone33511.7160
Lyle Blackwood3124.0110
Bob Brudzinski23517.5190
A.J. Duhe11111.0110
Don Bessillieu100.000
Fulton Walker100.000
Team Totals1825414.1390
Opponents Totals2128813.7390
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Tom Orosz83338640.86101121286288034.7
Team Totals83338640.86101121286288034.7
Opponents Totals87356541.0590619458298734.3
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Tommy Vigorito361237910.587t1
Fulton Walker515010.0170
Glenn Blackwood2284.060
Don Bessillieu111212.0120
Mike Kozlowski1199.090
Team Totals451745810.287t1
Opponents Totals4592866.4220
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Fulton Walker38093224.590t1
Don Bessillieu7011416.3300
Tommy Vigorito408421.0250
Mike Kozlowski104040.0400
Nick Giaquinto102222.0220
Duriel Harris102020.0200
Eddie Hill101111.0110
Joe Rose1055.050
Team Totals540122822.790t1
Opponents Totals60121820.3410
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Bob Baumhower00033100
Woody Bennett110100
Don Bessillieu111200
Glenn Blackwood0001150
A.J. Duhe0001100
Andra Franklin510100
Jon Giesler0010100
Larry Gordon0001100
Bruce Hardy100000
Eddie Hill200000
Steve Howell0010100
Mike Kozlowski00011251
Eric Laakso0010100
Don McNeal0001100
Tony Nathan220200
Tom Orosz0010100
Earnie Rhone0001100
Joe Rose0001100
Steve Shull0002200
Gerald Small0002200
Tommy Vigorito100000
Fulton Walker420200
David Woodley9202-210
Team Totals2613131528191
Opponents Totals30151410240
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