Joe Robbie
Born(1916-07-17)July 17, 1916
Sisseton, South Dakota, United States
DiedJanuary 7, 1990(1990-01-07) (aged 73)
Alma materNorthern State University
University of South Dakota
Known forFirst owner of the Miami Dolphins
Net worth$100 million (at death)
Spouse(s)Elizabeth, 1942-1990 (his death)

Joseph "Joe" Robbie (July 7, 1916 – January 7, 1990) was an American lawyer and entrepreneur of Lebanese descent.

Robbie was the original owner of the NFL football team, the Miami Dolphins (1966–1990). Coached by Don Shula, Robbie's Dolphins achieved a perfect season (17–0) in 1972 and two consecutive Super Bowl wins. Additionally, he built the US$115 million Joe Robbie Stadium (1987–1996) with private funds in 1987. It was later renamed Pro Player Park (1996), then Pro Player Stadium (1996–2005), then Dolphins Stadium (2005–2006), then Dolphin Stadium (2006–2009; 2010), then LandShark Stadium (2009–2010) and is now called Sun Life Stadium (2010–present).

Robbie had a small part playing himself in the film Black Sunday, in which he is interviewed about security for Super Bowl X (1976).

Robbie also owned the Miami Toros and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (later the Minnesota Strikers) soccer teams of the North American Soccer League. Joe Robbie Stadium was one of the first major stadiums in the US designed with soccer in mind.

Honors and awardsEdit

For his contributions to the Miami Dolphins, and being the founder of the team, Joe Robbie became the inaugural inductee into The Miami Dolphin Honor Roll on September 16, 1990 (eight months after his death).

For his contributions to soccer, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003.


Preceded by
first owner
Miami Dolphins Principal Owner
Succeeded by
Wayne Huizenga

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