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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 Miami Dolphins (1966-1990). He, along with Don Shula, led the Dolphins to a 14–0 perfect season in 1972 and two consecutive Super Bowl wins. Additionally, he built the $115-million Dolphin Stadium (later renamed Joe Robbie Stadium, then Pro Player Park, then Pro Player Stadium, then again changed back to Dolphin Stadium, and now LandShark Stadium) with private funds in 1987. For his contributions to the Miami Dolphins, and being the founder of the team, on September 16, 1990 (eight months after his death), he became the inaugural inductee into The Miami Dolphin Honor Roll.

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

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 U.S. designed with soccer in mind. For his contributions to the sport, he was posthumously 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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