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Miami Dolphins’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
The Miami Dolphins are a storied franchise that has won 2 of 5 Super Bowl appearances, but they have not made it to the big dance since the ‘80’s. With Dan Marino as their quarterback for several years, there is not surprisingly a long list of receivers who put up big numbers for this franchise over the years. Here is a list of the Dolphins’ all-time Top 10 in receiving yards:
Mark Duper (8869)—Mark Duper and Mark Clayton formed one of the most dynamic receiving tandems in NFL history, and not just because they had Marino throwing to them. Both were exceptionally quick and knew how to make plays. Duper, who played in Miami from 1982 to 1992 (his entire career), leads the Dolphins all-time with 8869 receiving yards, and he made the Pro Bowl three times. Duper’s best season was 1986, when he caught 67 passes for career highs in receiving yards (1313) and touchdown receptions (11).
Mark Clayton (8643)—Mark Clayton played for Miami from 1983 to 1992 before finishing his career in Green Bay in 1993, and ranks a close second in Dolphins’ history to Duper with 8643 receiving yards. Clayton made the Pro Bowl five times and his best season was 1984. That year, Clayton caught 73 passes for career highs in receiving yards (1389) and touchdowns (18, which led the NFL that season).
Nat Moore (7546)—Nat Moore played his entire career in Miami, from 1974 to 1986, and ranks third in franchise history with 7546 receiving yards. Despite a career high of 840 receiving yards in 1979, Moore made the Pro Bowl as a first team All Pro in 1977, which was arguably his best season. That year, Moore caught a career high 52 passes for 765 yards and a career best 12 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 14 times for 89 yards and one more score that season.
Chris Chambers (5688)—Chris Chambers played for Miami from 2001 until 2007 and ranks fourth in the team’s history with 5688 receiving yards. Chambers has made the Pro Bowl once, in 2005, which is also his best season so far. That year, Chambers had career highs in receptions (82), receiving yards (1118) and touchdown catches (11). He also rushed the ball 12 times for 92 yards.
O.J. McDuffie (5074)—O.J. McDuffie played for the Dolphins his entire career, from 1993 to 2000, and ranks fifth in team history with 5074 receiving yards. McDuffie had his best season in 1998, when he caught 90 passes (career high and led the NFL) for a career best 1050 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Duriel Harris (4534)—Duriel Harris played for Miami from 1976 to 1983 and then again in 1985. He ranks sixth in franchise history with 4534 receiving yards, and his best season was 1981. That year, Harris had career highs in receptions (53) and receiving yards (911) with 2 touchdown catches.
Tony Nathan (3592)—Running back Tony Nathan played his entire career in Miami, from 1979 to 1987, and was a heck of a pass catcher as well, ranking seventh in Dolphins’ history with 3592 receiving yards. In 1985, Nathan had his best overall season, catching a career high 72 passes for 651 yards (also career best) and a touchdown. Nathan also carried the ball 143 times for 667 rushing yards and 5 more scores on the ground.
Paul Warfield (3355)—Paul Warfield was a legendary player in both Cleveland and Miami, but his time in Miami was much shorter, from 1970 to 1974. That’s five seasons, and Warfield played eight years in Cleveland. Regardless, Warfield was a part of the great undefeated team of 1972 and ranks eighth in Miami history with 3355 receiving yards. He made the Pro Bowl every season he was a Dolphin, including twice as a first team All Pro. Warfield’s best season in Miami was 1971, when he caught 43 passes for 996 yards and 11 touchdowns (led the NFL); adding another 115 yards rushing on 9 carries.
Oronde Gadsden (3252)—Oronde Gadsden played in Miami his entire career, from 1998 to 2003, and ranks ninth in franchise history with 3252 receiving yards. Gadsden had a career high 803 receiving yards on 48 catches in 1999, with 6 touchdowns.
Irving Fryar (3190)—Journeyman receiving Irving Fryar played in Miami just three seasons, from 1993 to 1995, but ranks tenth in Dolphins’ history with 3190 receiving yards. Fryar made the Pro Bowl in 1993 and 1994, and 1994 was his best season in a Dolphins’ uniform. That year, Fryar caught 73 passes for 1270 yards and 7 touchdowns.