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Jim Mandich
Date of birth: July 30, 1948 (1948-07-30) (age 61)
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): Tight End
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1970 / Round: 2 / Pick 29
Organizations
 As player:
1970-1977
1978
Miami Dolphins
Pittsburgh Steelers
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com
College Football Hall of Fame

James Michael Mandich, (born July 30, 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former professional American football tight end with the Miami Dolphins. Mandich was an All-American at the University of Michigan. In 2004 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Jim Mandich was the radio sports talk-show host, afternoons between 4-7pm, on 560 WQAM. He also does color-commentary on Miami Dolphins radio broadcasts. He lives in Wellington, Florida. Recently diagnosed with cancer in his bile duct, he announced the end to his daily talk show on WQAM. But he hopes to still do the color commentary for the Dolphins if the chemotherapy he is undergoing is successful. Radio listeners in South Florida wish Mandich well, and wish him many more years in the South Florida sunshine, riding around with the windows down!

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Early life

Mandich graduated from Solon High School in Solon, Ohio. While at Solon High Mandich set, and still holds to this day the record for the Shot Put and Discus throw.

NFL Playing Career

Mandich was drafted by the Dolphins in 1970 as the 29th overall pick. He played in fourteen games in 1970 and had catches in three of them; he caught a three-yard touchdown against the Oilers on September 27. On the Dolphins' unbeaten 1972 season Mandich had a touchdown catch against the Minnesota Vikings and two (in two games) against the Patriots. In the playoffs he had two catches, a five-yarder against the 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 (against Buffalo, the Jets, Atlanta, two against the Saints, and the Bengals). Mandich did not play in Miami's playoff loss in Oakland. His final touchdowns came in 1976 against the Patriots, the Jets twice, and the Colts. In 1978 he went to the Steelers but had zero catches in ten games.

Hatred of Nick Saban

Mandich described former Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban as "a giant piece of turd," on the NFL Network's program Top Ten Coaches Who Belonged in College and even stated that if Saban walked into the room at that moment he (Mandich) would assault him. This stemmed from Saban's repeated deceptions on whether he would coach the Dolphins, and also to the team's subpar record (15-17) under his coaching tenure. Saban was ripped for it by Mandich and numerous other commentators on the program.

Radio career

1983 - Joined 610 WIOD

1997 - Joined 560 WQAM

Mandich (a.k.a. "Mad Dog") color commentator for the Miami Dolphins (1992 - 2004 and 2007 - present), currently teamed with Jimmy Cefalo and Joe Rose. Mandich is known for his exuberance and trademark "All right, Miami!"

Hosted a sports show on 560 WQAM weekdays from 4-7 pm

His son, Michael, also joined the University of Michigan Wolverines football team.

On Feb. 8, 2008, Dan Le Batard and his radio show threw a parade in honor of Mandich.

See also

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