Sunday, January 27, 2008


Dan Marino and Don Shula -- regarded as Miami Dolphins royalty -- were there.

So were the five quarterbacks who won national championships at the University of Miami.

Even Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, who never played in the Orange Bowl, came out to say goodbye to the soon-to-be-demolished stadium and play in a flag football game between former Dolphins and UM players.

About 15,000 fans watched a group alums from The U and the Dolphins in the Orange Bowl's final event. The Miami alumni beat the former Dolphins, 65-51, in a game rich in comedy and nostalgia.

Marino showed he still has a rocket arm. He completed his first six passes -- all of them right on target.

Howard Schnellenberger, who led Miami to its first national championship, sported a dapper dark suit and red tie.

Former Miami Dolphins running back Troy Stradford, right, runs the ball past former Miami Hurricanes players during a flag football game at the Farewell to the Orange Bowl festival Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. LUIS M. ALVAREZ / AP, Fans watch the final event in the Orange Bowl. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF , Former University of Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar arrives to sign autographs AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF )

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