Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Former Dolphins tight end, broadcaster Jim Mandish dies at 62

Former Miami Dolphins tight end and radio broadcaster Jim "Mad Dog" Mandich has passed away after a 14-month long bout with bile duct cancer. He was 62.

After a prolific collegiate career at Michigan that earned him All-American honors and eventually an induction to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004, Mandich was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round of the 1970 NFL Draft.

A member of the 1972 Dolphins team that completed what remains the only perfect season in NFL history, Mandich played eight seasons with the team and one with the Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring following the 1978 season.

Mandich, who still ranks 14th in receptions and 18th in receiving yards in Michigan school history, caught 121 passes for 1,406 yards and 23 touchdowns during his nine-year pro career.

Following his playing career, Mandich became one of the most beloved sports radio broadcasters in all of South Florida, serving as a Dolphins analyst from 1992 to 2004 as well as from 2007 to 2010.

Mandich is survived by his wife Bonnie and their three sons, Mark, Michael, and Nick.

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