POMPANO BEACH, FL (August 23, 2013) – Former Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl will be inducted as the 26th member of the Dolphin Honor Roll on Thurs., Oct. 31, during halftime of the Dolphins home game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The induction ceremony comes just days before this year’s “John Offerdahl’s Broward Health® Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Tailgate Festival” on Sat., Nov. 9 at Pompano Beach Amphitheater.
“No one epitomizes what it means to be a Dolphin more than John Offerdahl,” stated Dolphins Chairman of the Board/Managing General Partner Stephen Ross. “He wasn’t the biggest or the fastest player on the field, but he was the best. He was tenacious, tough, intelligent and a leader. Those same traits made him a success in the business and community service arenas as well, and he continues to be a very visible and admired representative of the team in the South Florida community. I want to welcome him as the newest member of the Dolphins’ Honor Roll.”
The first player chosen by the Dolphins in the 1986 NFL Draft, Offerdahl was selected in the second-round, 52nd overall, out of Western Michigan University. He played in 89 games during his eight-year NFL career, 86 of which were in a starting role. Offerdahl made an immediate impact in his first season in Miami as he was honored as the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1986 while becoming the first Dolphins linebacker in franchise history to be named a starter in the Pro Bowl. Among the other honors Offerdahl achieved following his rookie campaign included the Old Spice NFL Rookie of the Year, Pro Football Weekly All- AFC, Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Team; Football News first Team All-AFC; AP Second Team All-NFL; UPI first team All-AFC and All-Rookie, PFWA All-Rookie and Football Digest All-Rookie.
Offerdahl was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls, (1986-90) four of which (1986, 1988-90) he was selected as a starter. He was named All-Pro by AP, The Sporting News, PFWA and Pro Football Weekly following the 1990 season in which he eclipsed the 100-tackle plateau for the third time in his career. He was also three times voted by his teammates as the winner of the Nat Moore Award for Community Service and Civic Participation (1989-90), as well as being named Miami’s Outstanding Linebacker (voted by the South Florida media) four times. At the conclusion of his career, Offerdahl had amassed 518 tackles, 24 passes defensed, 9.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, four interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Past inductees into Dolphin Honor Roll include, Founder Joe Robbie (Sept. 16, 1990), Quarterback Bob Griese (Nov. 19, 1990), Head Coach Don Shula (Nov. 25, 1996), Quarterback Dan Marino (Sept. 17, 2000), Defensive End / Linebacker Jason Taylor (October 14, 2012) and Linebacker Zach Thomas (October 14, 2012).
Offerdahl’s induction into this prestigious group builds upon the excitement surrounding the upcoming Broward Health® Gridiron Grill-Off. This annual culinary showdown, which benefits recognized local charities, pairs Miami Dolphins legends with South Florida’s top chefs to prepare signature dishes, while guests enjoy the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Tailgate Zone, live music or South Florida’s first-ever EGGfest, featuring Big Green Egg barbecue enthusiasts.
“I am honored to be included in this elite group of Dolphins legends,” said Offerdahl. “I have always loved and embraced this great community and look forward to continuing to be an active player with Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation, which feeds the needs of kids in crisis, and our annual Gridiron Grill-Off fundraiser.”
To purchase tickets and for more information about the Gridiron Grill-Off, please visit www.gridirongrilloff.com.
About John Offerdahl
Five-time All-Pro Miami Dolphins Linebacker John Offerdahl created the Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Tailgate Festival in 2010 to integrate his love for grilling and football with his passion for helping kids in crisis. For more than a decade, John has operated the ever-popular Offerdahl’s Café Grill, a quick-casual restaurant specializing in fresh-baked baguettes, bagels and pastries alongside soups, sandwiches and just-grilled steak, shrimp, salmon complemented by fresh vegetables and appetizing side dishes. John and his wife give back to the community through the Offerdahl’s Hand-Off Foundation, which supports various local charitable organizations, including 4KIDS of South Florida, HOPE South Florida, Here’s Help, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and the Miami Dolphins Foundation.
About Broward Health®
Broward Health®, providing service for more than 70 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health encompasses more than 30 healthcare facilities including Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group.
Source : Bitner Goodman