Robbie introduces Don Shula as Dolphins' head coach (1970)

Miami Dolphins
Joe Robbie
July 17 1916 (1916-07-17) (age 104) in Sisseton, South Dakota, U.S.
Alma Mater:
Northern State Teacher's College, 1938
University of South Dakota's Law School, 1946
Career Information
Trial Lawyer
Founding owner and first team president of NFL's Miami Dolphins
Net Worth:
$ 100 million USD at time of death
Family and Personal
Elizabeth, 1942-1990 (his death)
11 children, including J. Michael (former Dolphins' executive V.P. and general manager), Timothy J. (former team VP-public affairs) and Daniel T. (former director of sales and promotions)

Joseph "Joe" Robbie (July 7, 1916 – January 7, 1990) was an American lawyer and entrepreneur of Lebanese descent.

Robbie was the original owner of the NFL football team, the Miami Dolphins (1966–1990). Coached by Don Shula, Robbie's Dolphins achieved a perfect season (14–0) in 1972 and two consecutive Super Bowl wins. Additionally, he built the US$115 million Joe Robbie Stadium (1987-1996) with private funds in 1987. It was later renamed Pro Player Park (1996), then Pro Player Stadium (1996-2005), then Dolphins Stadium (2005-2006), then Dolphin Stadium (2006-2009; 2010), then LandShark Stadium (2009-2010) and is now called Sun Life Stadium (2010-present).

Robbie had a small part playing himself in the film Black Sunday, in which he is interviewed about security for Super Bowl X (1976).

Robbie also owned the Miami Toros and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (later the Minnesota Strikers) soccer teams of the North American Soccer League. Joe Robbie Stadium was one of the first major stadiums in the US designed with soccer in mind.

Honors and awards

For his contributions to the Miami Dolphins, and being the founder of the team, Joe Robbie became the inaugural inductee into The Miami Dolphin Honor Roll on September 16, 1990 (eight months after his death).

For his contributions to soccer, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003.


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