Jim Mandich

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Jim Mandich
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Mandich leaps for the ball in 1967 Michigan State game.
No. 88
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1948-07-30)July 30, 1948
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Date of death: April 26, 2011(2011-04-26) (aged 62)
Place of death: Miami Lakes, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Solon (OH)
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1970 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29
Debuted in 1970 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com
College Football Hall of Fame

James Michael Mandich (July 30, 1948 – April 26, 2011), also known as "Mad Dog" Mandich, was an American college and professional football player who was a tight end in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons during the 1970s. Mandich played college football for the University of Michigan, and was recognized as an All-American. A second-round pick in the 1970 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. After his playing career ended, he worked as the color commentator for the Miami Dolphins, and also hosted a sports talk show on local AM radio in Miami.

Early life[edit]

Mandich was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Solon High School in Solon, Ohio. While at Solon High, Mandich set the records for the shot put and discus throw.[citation needed]

College career[edit]

He attended the University of Michigan, where he played for coach Bump Elliott and coach Bo Schembechler's Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1967 to 1969. As a senior in 1969, Mandich was recognized as consensus first-team All-American at tight end.

Professional career[edit]

The Miami Dolphins selected Mandich in the second round (twenty-ninth overall pick) of the 1970 NFL Draft, and he played for the Dolphins from 1970 to 1977. He played in all fourteen regular season games in 1970, and had one three-yard reception for a touchdown against the Houston Oilers on September 27. During the Dolphins unbeaten 1972 season Mandich had a touchdown reception against the Minnesota Vikings and two (in two games) against the New England Patriots. In the playoffs he had two catches, a five-yarder against the Pittsburgh Steelers and a 19-yarder in Super Bowl VII. His most productive year was 1974, as he had 33 receptions for 374 yards and six touchdowns. He did not play in Miami's losing playoff game with the Oakland Raiders. Mandich's final touchdowns came in 1976 against the Patriots, the Jets twice, and Baltimore Colts. In 1978 he went to the Steelers but had no receptions in ten games.[1]

Post-playing career[edit]

Mandich was the radio sports talk show host on WIOD 610 AM from 1983 to 1987, and joined WQAM 560 in 1987. He also did color commentary on Dolphins radio broadcasts on which he was teamed with Jimmy Cefalo and Joe Rose. He was known for his trademark soundbite "All right, Miami!" When he gave out the call-in number for cell phone users, he playfully told his radio listeners to call "if you're riding around with the windows down." Diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a cancer of the bile duct, in early 2010, Mandich became absent from his afternoon show. In the fall of 2010, the terminally ill commentator returned to the broadcast booth for his final season of game-day color commentary.[citation needed]

Mandich was a partner in the Hialeah, Florida construction sub-contractor firm of LotSpeich and Co. He also was a partner in a bar called Ziggy's in the Florida Keys.

Death[edit]

He died in Miami Lakes, Florida from cancer, aged 62. A public memorial was held for him on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Speakers included his personal friend Don Richey; former Michigan athletic director Bill Martin; Wolverine teammate Tom Curtis; and former Dolphins Nat Moore, Dick Anderson, Kim Bokamper, Joe Rose, Nick Buoniconti, Bob Griese, Jimmy Cefalo, and coach Don Shula.

On December 4, 2011, during halftime of the Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins game, Mandich was posthumously inducted into the Miami Dolphin Honor Roll—a ring around the second tier at Sun Life Stadium that honors former players, coaches, contributors, and officials who have made significant contributions to the Miami Dolphins franchise.

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