Eye of the Hurricane

April 26, 2011

R.I.P. Jim Mandich

Filed under: NFL football — eadeutsch @ 8:52 pm
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Jim Mandich, 1948-2011

Jim Mandich, tight end for the Miami Dolphins from 1970-1977, passed away today.  Mandich had been battling bile-duct cancer over the past year, and had been a sports commentator for WQAM, a job he acquired in 1997.  His role as a radio personality–where he was known as “Mad Dog”–helped cement his place in South Florida sports lore.

Mandich will forever be remembered as a member of the undefeated 1972 Dolphins team that won Superbowl VII over the Washington Redskins.

Mandich had a career that spanned 9 years, from 1970-1978.  He was drafted in the second round out of the University of Michigan.  Mandich averaged better than 13 yards per reception during his final two years as a Wolverine.  In the NFL, Mandich played every season for the Dolphins except for his last, which he spent as a role player on the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

1 Comment »

  1. I was devastated when I heard this earlier. If Miami can say they’ve ever had a sports “voice,” it was Jim Mandich.

    Comment by davidfurones — April 26, 2011 @ 11:55 pm | Reply

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