The Miami Dolphins will honor longtime Miami columnist Edwin Pope by naming the press box at Sun Life Stadium the ‘Edwin Pope Press Box’, Dolphins President and CEO Mike Dee announced today.
The announcement will take place prior to the Dolphins home game against the Tennessee Titans, presented by Best Buy, at 12 noon on Sunday, November 14, 2010 in the Press Lounge at Sun Life Stadium.
“Edwin has been an iconic figure in the South Florida landscape throughout the existence of the Dolphins and has covered the team from its very inception,” said Dee. “Whether it was Don Shula prowling the sidelines or Jake Long knocking down defenders, Edwin has been there to chronicle and opine on the team’s history every step of the way. More than that, though, he has built a reputation that goes far beyond the state’s borders as one of the very best sports columnists in the country. Edwin’s presence alone defined any event as a major one, and his prose, whether it was used to comfort the afflicted or afflict the comfortable, was unmistakable and distinctive.
“The biggest compliment I can pay is that generations of sports fans here would wake up the morning after a big game and ask, ‘What was Edwin’s take on it?’ But more than driving conversation around the water cooler, Edwin was, and remains, a tireless supporter of this community. He is proud of South Florida, the Miami Herald, and his profession, and we are lucky that he has been a fixture here for so long. I can’t think of any better way to honor him than to name the press box at Sun Life Stadium in his honor.”
Pope is synonymous with South Florida sports. He has been a sports columnist at The Miami Herald for 54 years and has covered the Miami Dolphins since the team’s inception. He is one of sports journalism’s most honored writers. He was the ninth winner of the Red Smith Award, and is a member of the Pro Football, College Football and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Halls of Fame. He has received a record four Eclipse Awards for the nation’s best columns. He is a member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Pope is one of only four newspaper sportswriters to have covered every Super Bowl.
“We are thrilled that the Dolphins have decided to name their press box after Edwin Pope,” said David Landsberg, President and Publisher of the Miami Herald Media Company. “There is no better example of world class journalism and a life-time commitment to the coverage of an entire era of Miami Dolphins football.”
A permanent plaque, which will be unveiled on Sunday, will be displayed in the new press box at Sun Life Stadium upon the completion of the renovations that are currently taking place there. As a result, from that date onward, for everything taking place at the stadium, including future Super Bowls, BCS Championship Games and other major events, local, national, and international media alike will cover them all from the Edwin Pope Press Box.