MIAMI -- 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.
"I respect everything the Dolphins and Hurricanes accomplished
here," said Taylor, who was the only current Dolphins player on
the field Saturday. "But the real reason I'm here is to catch a
pass from Dan Marino."
About 15,000 fans -- most wearing Dolphins shirts -- watched
Taylor reach that goal in the Orange Bowl's final event. The Miami
alumni beat the former Dolphins, 65-51, in a game rich in comedy
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
Hurricane Devin Hester, now a Pro Bowl kick returner for the
Chicago Bears, showed up wearing a St. Louis Cardinals cap. He did
not play in the game, but said he wanted to support the Canes.
Former Dolphins defensive lineman Kim Bokamper teased former
Hurricanes running back Melvin Bratton, who appeared to be heavier
than his playing weight, and former Dolphins tight end Joe Rose got
in some shots, too.
"I haven't been impressed with the Canes," Rose said in the
first half. "This is one of the weakest teams I've ever seen from
Countered wide receiver Lamar Thomas: "Joe is still upset that
UM never recruited him."
Thomas played for both the University of Miami and the Dolphins.
Former Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper ran a couple plays and
then sat out the rest of the game with a back injury.
"I guarantee you," Rose said, "Duper has not run in 20