Zach, JT And Other Notes

They were the heart and soul of a usually tough Dolphins defense for more than a decade, so it should have come as no surprise that both Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor earned a spot on the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team, which was announced on Sunday.

In addition to Taylor and Thomas, current Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter also was honored, but his recognition came mostly as a result of his work with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Taylor was one of four defensive ends selected, along with Dwight Freeney, Julius Peppers and Michael Strahan.

Thomas and Porter were among the six linebackers chosen by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee along with Derrick Brooks, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and DeMarcus Ware.

Other Dolphins players honored on All-Decade teams in the past have included tackle Richmond Webb for the 1990s; center Dwight Stephenson and punter Reggie Roby for the 1980s; wide receiver Paul Warfield, guard Larry Little, center Jim Langer, safety Dick Anderson, kicker Garo Yepremian and Coach Don Shula for the 1970s.

PRO BOWL DOLPHINS: Safety Yeremiah Bell and kicker Dan Carpenter both enjoyed their first Pro Bowl experience Sunday night during the AFC's 41-34 victory over the NFC at the newly named Sun Life Stadium.

In a game where little defense is played, Bell ended up with a special teams tackles and he almost had an interception on an overthrown pass from Donovan McNabb that he couldn't quite bring in.

As for Carpenter, he was 2-for-3 on field goals, hitting from 30 and 26 yards while missing wide right from 36 yards. Carpenter, who added five extra points, also had two kickoffs for touchbacks.

SHULA SHOW: The celebration of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula continues.

This time it was the unveiling of a statue outside Sun Life Stadium depicting the legendary coach being lifted by players Nick Buoniconti and Al Jenkins followed the Dolphins' victory over Washington in Super Bowl VII that completed the perfect season of 1972.

The Dolphins' headquarters also are being moved to the stadium, where they now will have the address: 347 Don Shula Drive. The 347, of course, represented Shula's NFL-record career victory total.


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