Will: Dolphins honor a legend with classy move
The late Jim Mandich spent most of his adult life doing all he could for the Miami Dolphins organization.
He played for them, did the team's radio broadcasts, emceed functions for fans and was a big force in helping Dolphins alumni after they retired.
Now, the team is making a classy move by inviting his youngest son, Nick, to the rookie orientation for a try out.
Nick was not drafted, and he was a long shot to get an invite to any NFL camp. But, the team reached out to invite him to this weekend's rookie camp to showcase his skills.
It's still unlikely he'll make the Dolphins roster, but it does give him a chance to show Miami and other NFL teams he can potentially develop long term.
He's the ultimate long shot, but it's a great move by the Dolphins to allow him the opportunity to go on the Dolphins field wearing his dad's old No. 88.
I asked Nick how his family was dealing with the exciting weekend. He told me he sent his mother a text with a picture of his locker with the Mandich name on it and his number. His mom returned a text saying she was crying.
Jim Mandich passed away a little over a year ago after losing a battle with bile duct cancer. Since then, the Dolphins have inducted him into the team's ring of honor and now they've let his son get the chance of a lifetime.
That dream chance may end here, but if there's one thing I know about the Mandich family; they'll fight until the end.
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