But as part of the organization’s recovery from bullying accusations, suspensions and an 8-8 season, players have penned what The Associated Press called “a credo of togetherness,” which was emblazoned on some of the T-shirts being worn by Dolphins after a recent practice.
As other websites have already pointed out, the credo clearly patterns itself after the Soldier’s Creed, including some passages lifted either directly (“I will never accept defeat”; “I will never quit”) or almost directly (The Army’s “I am a warrior and a member of a team” becomes an “unbeatable team,” which was, one can only assume, the motto of the 1972 Dolphins). It even starts and ends with “I am a Miami Dolphin” — derivative, sure, but a lot less controversial than the the time a player at a nearby college declared himself “a soldier.”
The team has reportedly eliminated rookie hazing this season, and has a host of other new rules instituted by head coach Joe Philbin, who is entering his third season with the Dolphins. (Philbin’s son is an Army officer who was put under the media microscope earlier this year regarding his arrest after a traffic accident.)
“I thought they did a good job,” Philbin told AP regarding the credo. “I thought they gave some consideration and some thought to it and I think it’s good. Probably ‘I’m a professional’ is one of them I like. But I think I like them all.”
Some in the Army may prefer “trusted professional,” but that’s a separate ethic.
What’s your take on the creed-inspired credo: Petty slogan theft, or the sincerest form of flattery? Let us know in the comments below.