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Mandich to join Dolphins honor roll

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MIAMI — The late Jim Mandich will be inducted into the Miami Dolphins' honor roll.

The Dolphins announced the honor Wednesday at the end of a two-hour program paying tribute to the longtime broadcaster and former player who died last week at age 62. A crowd of about 2,500 at the Dolphins' stadium included five Pro Football Hall of Famers, among them Don Shula, who was Mandich's coach from 1970 to 1977.

Shula announced that Mandich will become the 22nd member of the honor roll as a special contributor. Mandich was a tight end for the Dolphins when they achieved the NFL's only perfect season in 1972, and he helped them repeat as Super Bowl champions the following year.

Mandich later became a popular radio announcer for the team.